Memory treatments

There has been a lot said recently about how to improve your memory, and a  lot has also been said about natural treatments being sold which claim to cure memory problems, but this has been largely rubbished by the science researchers

I do feel that before you can say that you, or anyone else can help your memory problems, you should have a good idea as to what caused it in the first place,  medical condition or simply old age.
A few charities believe that "all" memory problems are all associated with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, when in fact there are a number of illnesses which can have an effect in your memory.

As I understand it, things like Bronchiectasis,COPD and MS etc, can cause cognitive issues, but so can other illnesses, so its wise to check up on the true cause of your problems first, and never assume something else, which could be wrong.
When I was originally diagnosed with early onset Lewy Body Dementia, I was told to “use it or lose it”, in other words,  …

Internet Abuse

I Remember when the internet first came out, while I was still working, this was in many ways was frightening, and a little  intimidating, trying to get used to something  alien, and like a foreign language However I never expected it to get to this stage these days, where  people rely on it 24 hours a day, and in some cases don't seem to be able to do without it. Everyday we see people crossing roads etc, glued to their phone instead of watching where they are going. In some cases television presenters who are supposed to be reading  the news, are reading what is on their Twitter account, something I consider to be very rude. However these days we're seeing a lot of racial hatred on the internet,  something that I never expected to see. Yes there has always been racial problems of one kind or another in the world, yet these days, every time you go on the internet, you see someone racially abusing someone else, and to me it has to be stopped. Within the UK, a lot of this was w…

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Processing information

Most people these days cope quite well with daily things, and don't struggle to cope with thought  processing problems 
I guess I did not know anything about this subject, until I was hit by these problems 
I guess it all started the day I went to look at an Electrical distribution board, and realised that nothing made sense anymore, I no longer understood what cable was what. 
That was just the start of the slippery slope, and since then things have got much worse 
But when you no longer understand your job, or your hobby, life becomes very hard. 
It's like buying a new gadget, and then finding that you don't understand the instruction manual Like reading an article in a newspaper and then realising that you did not understand what it meant. 
I have struggled with processing information for some time now, and I guess it becomes distressing at times, because my brain is slowing down.
I often sit in meetings and struggle to understand fully what people are saying. 
But I …

Dementia and pets

Thanks to Speech-notes for helping me with this blog 

A lot has been written about the role of animals,  living in the same environment as people with dementia, or any other,  neurological illness. 
In the past people have always said that animals are dumb,  yet we all know that this is wrong 
My wife and I know this  from experience,  because when I was seeing the first signs that something was wrong with my health, our Retriever cross Ben, would stay by my side, and would never let me go anywhere without him. 
This was frightening at first,  until someone pointed out that he sensed that something was wrong with me
Even if I went to the toilet, I would find him sat at the door when I came out.
I did not realise at the time, but he obviously had sensed that something was wrong, and no matter where I went he would follow.
If I went for a lie down, I would wake up to find our cat Pepe at one side of me, and Ben at the other. 
It was around this time that I started to see things which were not r…

Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy Bodies Dementia Published: 05 August 2015Last Updated: 21 September 2018Share this page Lewy Bodies Disease is similar to both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and can often be misdiagnosed. Specialist diagnosis is essential because sufferer's can have a reaction to the drugs used for other dementia diseases. Like other dementia diseases it sadly cannot be currently cured. However, with early diagnosis treatment can slow down the disease's progress.
What is dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)? What are the symptoms of dementia with Lewy bodies? Mental symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s disease include: Problems with attention and alertnessSpatial disorientationDifficulties with planning and reasoningMemory loss – but to a lesser extent than with Alzheimer’s disease
Physical symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease include: Slowness and stiffnessTrembling of the limbsShuffling when walkingLoss of facial expressionLoss of vocal strength
Other symptoms partic…

Vision and perception

Borrowed from another website  Wednesday 9th March 2016

People with dementia may experience problems with their sight which cause them to misinterpret the world around them. In some cases, people with dementia can experience hallucinations. This factsheet considers some specific difficulties that people with dementia can have, and suggests ways to support them. Understanding potential problems and giving appropriate help, support and reassurance can greatly assist people living with dementia to feel safe, at a time when the way they perceive reality may be changing. Vision and perception Seeing is a complicated process that involves many different stages. Information is transmitted from your eyes to your brain where it is then interpreted, alongside information from your other senses, thoughts and memories. You then become aware of what you have seen (it is 'perceived'). Problems that involve both vision and perception can be referred to as 'visuoperceptual difficulties…