Saturday, August 05, 2017

Veterans and Dementia

Five Important Facts Veterans Need to Know about Dementia

When we think of veterans, we think of selfless, honorable, brave souls, the epitome of an American hero. These individuals sacrifice their lives to honorably serve our country. Unfortunately, some of these souls bear the burden of traumatic experiences.  Upon completion of their term, some veterans are left with permanent mental distress.

Research shows that veterans diagnosed with PTSD are twice as likely to be affected with dementia. Dementia should not be taken lightly as it a disorder of cognitive damages; symptoms may include memory problems and reasoning impairments. Activities of daily living—eating, dressing, toileting, walking, and bathing­— becomes a struggle for a large portion of the senior population with dementia. As a result, it is important for veterans to be educated on the topic. Early awareness of this condition can decrease dementia progression through the application of treatments and preventative measures.   

Here are five important facts veterans need to know about dementia

1.      Veteran Dementia Statistics

Shockingly, dementia is on the rise. It is unavoidable as the senior population is growing. This is evident as an estimated 423,000 new dementia and Alzheimer’s cases will appear within the veteran population by the end of 2020. Veterans with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury have a higher probability of getting dementia. According to a study, veterans with PTSD had a “7-year cumulative incident dementia rate of 10.6% whereas those without had a rate of 6.6%.”

2.      Association between Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia

Out of the predicted 423,000 new dementia and Alzheimer’s cases, one-fourth of the cases will be correlated with specific military conditions including PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. With high statistics such as this, veterans should seek checkups for optimal mental health. Head traumas are often common with veterans in combat because they face a higher risk of being struck by objects or explosions. Some of the symptoms for Traumatic Brain Injury includes behavioral changes, headaches, and memory problems. Scientists believe that head trauma goes hand in hand with dementia because it contributes to the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques. Buildup of beta-amyloid plaques exists in Alzheimer’s patients.

3.      Resources are Available-VA Benefits

Veterans are proven to be a higher risk population for dementia. Due to their vulnerability, it is of utmost importance for the veterans and their families to be educated on their resources, including the VA program known as Aid and Attendance. 69% of eligible veterans are not utilizing this program because they were not aware of its existence. This benefit is applicable to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. According to Veteranaid.org, “A veteran is eligible for up to $1,794 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,153 per month. A veteran with a spouse is eligible for up to $2,127 per month and a veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,410 per month.” Such benefits can decrease the burden on veterans and their love ones. Websites, such as Senioradvisor.com, provides an idea of assisted living costs. The median cost is $3,600 per month for a one-bedroom unit and it can rise up to a staggering cost of $7,604 per month for a private, 24-hour private room.


4.      Health Conscious Decisions will Benefit your Brain Health

Committing to a healthy lifestyle has credible benefits in dementia prevention. Some of the health-conscious decisions veterans can make includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.

What you are putting into your body contributes to your mental health. Foods such as lefty greens are high in folate, which improves cognitive function. Fruits and vegetables containing anthocyanin­—like blackberries, cherries, eggplant, red onions, and so forth—provides the brain extra protection from free radicals. Free radicals are the toxic byproducts of the human body when undergoing oxygen metabolism. Not only does food contribute to dementia prevention, seasoning and spices offer the brain some health benefits. Spices like turmeric, sage, cumin lessens the inflammation of the brain cells. Problems arise with inflammation when the brain is done using the defense mechanism function. Afterwards, inflammation just depletes the energy in the brain cells which lessens the firing of the neurons.
Regular exercise increases the blood flow to the brain.  Blood, full of nutrients and oxygen, improves mental health as the brain is feeding on such nourishment that potentially helps in the growth of the brain cells.

5.      Preventative Measures-Taking Supplements

Consumption of omega-3 and vitamin B12 & folic acid supplements can be taken as a preventative measure for dementia. Omega-3 fatty acid improves the communication of the brain cells, such cell communication is important for cognitive function. Omega-3 fatty acids are located in the cell membrane, which surrounds the cell bodies. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who suffer from dementia are deficient in vitamin B12 and folic acid. Typically, the senior population has a harder time absorbing the vitamin, so consuming it in pill form will suffice.



Resources:


http://www.military.com/benefits/veterans-health-care/traumatic-brain-injury-overview.html

Article is from Veterans Aid Organization - Jennifer Tran

Many thanks to Jennifer for this most important article. I am honored that they chose my blog to post it.

God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!
joe

Friday, July 21, 2017

It has been awhile since I last visited here.  It has been a really rough 2+ months.  The move from California to Nevada has been a real pain. Toooo much required of this brain of mine. I am just starting to relax done and feel some of the pressure going away.  My routine is still messed up and causing me problems.  One good thing I have lost almost 20 pounds, I need it.  My temper and ability to cope are getting worst than normal.  It is pobably the stress of the move and all the bull shit that went with it that have me out of line.  I would like to blame it all on the Alzheimer's but I do not think that would be totally honest.

I keep getting emails from people and for some reason they think this is a caregivers' site, well folks far from it.  I have ALZHEIMER'S, yes I do list caregive info, but I am not one at least in the sense you think.  I try to help those caring for us understand what are world is like. What really gets the hair on my neck to stand is reading all the posts on the net by people who think they really know how to deal with us.  People you are as I would say balf fass fackword (figure it out).  You keep repeating the same lame crap.  Get out of the boxes you are in and really learn how to handle us and that is do not try to handle us, we are not trained dogs.  In case you have not noticed we are truly lost and screwed up people.  KEY WORD HERE IS PEOPLE1  qUIT POSTING THE SAME BS OVER AND OVER, find something original, you are supposed to have the brains and the Paper Hanging Degrees, but apparently neither serve you well.

I wonder how many of you have ever really sat down and truly LISTENED to those you care for or if you just march tho the beat of the EXPERTS, which there are none, except those of us that live in this world of Alzheimer's and other forms of Dementia. Try and keep us safe, but do not try and be our keepers. We feel, we hurt, we laugh, we cry, we reach out, we withdraw, yes all the same things you do, but we are akward about it much of the time and very impatient.

I wonder if you would survive a trip through the corridors of my brain for just two hours.  It would be interesting to see how you came out and if your thoughts were different.

Till we meet again.

God Bless & Keep YOu & This Country of Ours!
joe

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Alzheimer's and Toes!

Well what do Alzheimer's and toes have in common?  They are both part of my existence. See my daughter told my wife, I am not sure when, as they went to the gym one day it looks like dad has another toe in the water.  Her way of dealing with my dementia and it's progression.  Now I know why my toes hurt all the time, they are not sure what they are supposed to be doing, YEAH!

I must say that the last 6 or so weeks have been very difficult for me.  My head has hurt, my brain has gone off track and I have been outright scared.  See there was I time that this person loved change, he lived for it, he made it happen.  Now no way leave things be.  Do not move a piece of  furniture or painting, it does not play well in my world.

We are moving out of state.  We are in the process of closing on a home in Nevada and this is a major change and has tooooo many arms to it.  Getting everything in line has been a monumental task for me, since the wife works, I have been doing as much of the leg work as I can.  It has literally drain that ½ of a brain cell that I have left.  My brain is presently on life support which good old friend Alzheimer's takes great delight in.   It takes every ounce of consentration that I can get together to work on things and leaves me totally exhausted and really lousey to be around, especially as any type of company.  I need a robot to handle all of this so I can get back to some assemblance of order or thought process in my life. This physically has drained me as well, I am no longer wired to do this type of work and keep it all straight and not be irritable over things.  Unfortunately or fortunately the only way for me to get away is to leave life.

From all of this I have seen in myself a decline and I guess it was going to take place no matter what, after all that is what Alzheimer's does to you.  It sometimes quickly takes you and then other times it is like a cat playing with the mouse it has caught, takes its' time and slowly breaks you down.

I hear that antibiotics of a certain type now cures Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, as well as drink this and be cured.  Snake oil peddlers are still out there spreading their bullshit and the sad part is that people soak it up and drown in it.

Enough of me, I hurt need drugs, happy drugs or jelly filled donuts.

God Bless and Keep You and This Country of  Ours!
joe

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Alzheimer's Links

Well here I am again finally, have been going to make this post for a couple of months. I start and the old brain just stops.  Thinks are getting not to be much fun anymore, but that is to be expected.  This is a series of emails I have received in recent months.  I am posting them this way, because it is to much for me to post each of them under resources.  Test the links at your own risk and bookmark those that are of interest to you and most helpfull.
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Hi,


My favorite aunt was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and it’s sent my family into a whirlwind. I think part of what’s been so tough is that with the abundance of information on the internet, it’s tricky to separate the credible resources from the speculative, and the productive from the grim.
Luckily, research is my specialty! I’ve been gathering some wonderful resources that will help my family stay educated as the condition progresses without keeping them up at night with worry. I think they will also be helpful to many in your audience, especially if you add them here: http://living-with-alzhiemers.blogspot.com/2013/01/hello.html.
Parent’s Guide: Helping Children & Teens Understand Alzheimer’s
Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide
Another World: People With Alzheimer’s Share Their Perspectives
Alzheimer’s Aggression: Causes & Management
Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors
Dementia Assistance Dogs
Caring for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver
Helping Alzheimer’s Sufferers Cope with the Loss of a Loved One: A Guide for Caregivers
Learning to cope with and manage Alzheimer’s requires the facts, but not the fear!
Best,
Lisa
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Senior Health Resources
Boomer's Roadmap to Aging in Place
Guide to Senior Nutrition
Moving Tips for Seniors
Financial Resources for Seniors
Veterans Benefits for Seniors
Legal Planning for Alzheimer's and Dementia


Hi!

Lately I’ve been devoting my focus to senior health — especially since only 28-34% of Americans aged 65-74 are physically active.

I’ve had the opportunity to speak with some of the elders in my community, and they said although they do want more physical activity, they feel limited in their options. Fortunately, inspiring others to get on their feet is my specialty! I’ve gathered some terrific resources on ways for seniors to lead happier, more active lives, but I need your help distributing them. What do you say — how about here: http://living-with-alzhiemers.blogspot.com/p/in-memory-of.html?










Here’s to happier senior living — because they truly are the golden years!

Thanks for your time,


Marie
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Hi,
I saw your website and it was quite helpful.  Thanks!  I'm Linda from Senior Care Helper  We're building a site as a resource for Seniors and their families. 
I thought I'd pass along a few other sites I found useful so maybe your readers might also benefit.
Thank you again.
Best,
Linda Johnson
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Message = Hi!

I'm reaching out because I've created a Dementia Caregiving post that you might find useful. It’s about the challenges of taking care of someone with Dementia, how the condition redefines marriage, the importance of self-care, emotions like exhaustion and frustrations are valid emotions and other issues that need immediate discussion and resolution.


Let me know what you think of this idea.

If you find it share-able, would you mind sharing it with your audience?

All the best,

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Samantha Stein

God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!
joe