Tuesday, February 10

Is it Alzheimer's or Dementia?

VIDEO:

TEEPA SNOW explores the difficulty in getting a good diagnosis in today's medical system. See her explain the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia. Learn how to prepare for a trip to the doctor to check on your brain health.




MORE INFORMATION:
Teepa Snow is a nationally acclaimed Alzheimer's and dementia care specialist. Teepa Snow teaches her students how a person with dementia perceives his/her world and how caregivers can best provide dignity and the best quality of life.

SOURCE:
This video is an excerpt of a Teepa Snow seminar given for Senior Helpers.

4 comments :

  1. This is a wonderful video and very informative. As always, Teepa delivers her information in a way that keeps your attention and is easy to understand. Well worth watching.

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  2. I am beginning to watch videos on memory issues as I have been recently diagnosed as having "Mild Cognitive Impairment". I would not have this dx if my wife had not been very observant of slight changes in my memory the past few years and had not been a career counselor before she retired. I am 76 years old. After a few interviews and simple mind tests, I was referred for a brain PET scan which revealed my memory issues are caused by a deteriorating "Hippocampus" portion of my brain losing cells; the proof was there on the xray! All memory problems are not that easy to verify. I may get worse or maybe not... only time will tell. I am on two meds to delay advancement of the MCI toward some type of dementia like alzheimers, etc. Pay attention to your loved one for symptoms of changes in memory or mental actions and seek testing if you become concerned.

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    1. What drugs did they give you and did you have side effects?

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  3. My personal comment on the below posting is:
    I just went through a few months of the fear mentioned in below article amidst a long tedious move to a new home & dealing with a several month old diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairement (brain thing which could possibly lead to Alzheimers... maybe)... Fear of that led to continuous hoplessness, suicide ideations, etc. Then suddenly I decided to quit psychiatric care which only came up with one medicine for brain anti-deterioratio...
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    Ted Slipchinsky
    Allow Your Fear To Bring You To Your Knees:

    Allow your fears to bring you to your knees. Don't just acknowledge them, EXPERIENCE THEM; emotionally and physically. Breathe deeply into them, even as they make your teeth chatter and your legs grow wobbly. This is not the same as magnifying, nurturing or acting on them. And it certainly is not the same as denying them, running from them, or trying to "cure" them. This, I believe, is where most people get tripped up. We become so intent on making our fears go away, that we never allow ourselves to truly experience them and receive the message that they are trying to give us.

    But there is more to this process of transformation. As you breathe deeply into your fear and feel it fully in your mind and in your body; choose to experience it from the fullness of your consciousness. You don't try to change the fear; you just begin to remember the rest of what you are. The fear is a tiny sliver of your consciousness, masquerading as the whole. You remember the fullness of what you are by relaxing, breathing deeply, allowing a good friend to remind you, listening to some truth that has always resonated within you, letting music form the spheres touch your heart and soul, standing on the earth, petting the dog or cat and above all else, not trying to cure or run away from your fear. The fear may tell you that it is the true reality, and none of these activities will help you. Just accept that this is how fear behaves and do whatever you have to do to bring your full consciousness to bear. You are, dare I say, changing the paradigm. It's like you have a jar of dirty water. Instead of becoming obsessed with how dirty it looks and focusing on this day and night; you bring it to the ocean. The ocean can handle it. From the perspective of the ocean the dirty water in the jar is minuscule. And believe it or not, the dirty water is thrilled when it is finally allowed to escape from the prison you have kept it in and is allowed to be transformed by the ocean.

    There is some very, very good news here friends. The good news is that, as you practice actually allowing yourself to experience your fear (or you anger, or your depression, or your guilt) and -instead of fighting it or trying to make it go away- you just just bring the fullness of your consciousness to bear on it, the negative emotion loses its power. The emotional "juice" dissolves on its own over time (and it does not have to take a long time either)! Just remember that every time the fear comes up, if you let yourself feel it and then just ask to experience it from the fullness of your beingness, the fear is dissolving a little more.

    One more thing. This may go against a lot of New Age thinking, but I say, "respect your fear." I say this because your fear did not just arise out of thin air to torment you. Your fear is the last resort that your human consciousness has to get your attention. It is a messenger. There is something that you may not have wanted to look at, some conflict that is only partially conscious, some war going on within yourself; and your fear is pointing back to that. You don't have to analyze this in great detail or get obsessed with it. But it might be something to feel out in your meditation, when you thank your fear for giving you its message.

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