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The Diagnosis of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's makes for scary headlines, but dealing with the disease on a day-to-day basis does not. C
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The Diagnosis of Alzheimer's
By Lisa LaMagna • Issue #104 • View online
Alzheimer’s makes for scary headlines, but dealing with the disease on a day-to-day basis does not. Can you imagine a BuzzFeed channel for dementia? Some headlines:
  • Mom wandered into the neighbors house and you’ll never guess what happened next.
  • Make your own condom catheter with a water bottle and surgical tape.
  • Grandpa and I got stoned and he understood everything.
  • I talk to mum without words, now trying this at work.
Good information is out there, but we must dig for it. There is no “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” for dementia.
What we know: Inflammatory diets, lack of cardiovascular exercise and consumed toxins nudge the Alzheimer’s gene into action and keep it grinding forward.
Yet doctors want to protect people from diagnosis, believing “there’s nothing you can do.” A diagnosis also means you lose your job, your driver’s license, and get evicted from independent living. And of course, now you’re a pre-existing condition.
My father still doesn’t have a official diagnosis – the last doctor said she “didn’t feel comfortable doing that.” He’ll see a neurologist this week (finally, it takes months to get an appointment).
Walking in the forest today, I met an man on a walking tour. Smell that Eucalyptus! I said. He replied, “Oh, I’ll take your word for it. I’ve lost my sense of smell.” Classic early sign of Alzheimer’s. I wonder if he knows, and if he’s doing something about it.
Have a good week,
Lisa

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