·Noise causes untold problems to
people who have dementia, but recently I have noticed that it is starting to
effect me more each day.
Over the years I have noticed that the noise level has gone up
considerably in this life, and where most people seem to get on with life
ignoring this, it has become harder for me to cope.
I stopped going to a lot of meetings which were, not kept in
control by a strong chairperson, because it was becoming very difficult to
listen to the main topic while others chatted among themselves, as well as the
mobile phones which kept going off, because people would not switch them to
silent. The problem we struggle with is concentration, and while trying to keep
our concentration going on the main topic, it does not take much noise to break
this and we have to think where we were all over again.
I accept that life is very busy for most people these days, but
its no different to when I was working and mobile phones were not allowed in
meetings. It seems very strange that many people did not have these items till
the last twenty years, now it seems that many will not go anywhere without one
of these things firmly clamped to their ears, whether in the street, in a
meeting or travelling on a train, and you have to listen to their exploits from
that day or the night before, which to me is embarrassing but it means nothing
to that person them selves.
Yesterday I went with my wife to book a holiday, and found that
the noise in the Travel agents was so horrific that I removed my hearing aids,
as every one's voice was merging into one , just like one of my horrible
nightmares, and I had to leave all the decisions to my wife, who by this stage
in life is used to it.
But I often wonder why it is that people these days have to
speak to loud, and don't think of trying to speak quietly so they are not
disrupting other peoples conversations or in our case "our thoughts".
It seems we are all trying to out do each other.
The same thing happens when we go shopping and it seems that
each shop has loud music being pumped out of the doors, so by the time you get
into the shop you can not think. I know that at work we had regulations concerning
the noise from machines etc, yet there does not seem to be anything covering
working in shops when they have loud music.
Another thing which seems to get me wound up is when we go into
a supermarket, and someone keeps shouting over a tannoy system, and repeats
themselves three or four times by which time, I have forgotten what I am
looking for. These places are becoming a nightmare to me, and I am starting to
hate them, either because of the tannoy systems or the mad idiots with the
trolleys who go hurtling round the aisles as if they were racing.
Or is it the fact that through my Lewy Body Dementia, my brain
these days is now struggling to pick up sounds, and some sounds are much are
louder that others.
I wish my blog could write this out without all of the mistakes
and misspellings I keep finding, but at least I can still use spell check when
I remember to use it.
Dementia and Eyesight problems I noticed some time ago, that my eyesight was giving me
problems when trying to read and concentrate on things like my blog, but when I
got my eyes tested I was told there is nothing wrong.
I know that my brain fluctuates quite regularly during the
day, through my Lewy Body Dementia, and I go from being active to not being able
to work things out, so I am now wondering whether this has some effect on my
eyesight as well as this also fluctuates, and after a while it becomes annoying. I sometimes get blurred vision and other times I see double.
I had double vision problems many years ago and it was corrected, but that was
before the Lewy Body dementia started.
I confess that I am starting to wonder if the dementia is
behind this, especially as it’s intermittent and not there all of the time. I
try to keep myself active but when this starts it causes upset as I cannot do
the things I want to do, or cannot see properly to concentrate.
New international guidelines to identify dementia with Lewy bodies
Published on: 8 June 2017
From Newcastle University
New guidelines have been published on the clinical and physical indicators to help ensure patients with dementia with Lewy bodies get an accurate diagnosis and the best care possible.
Professor Ian McKeith
Our guidelines now distinguish clearly between clinical features and diagnostic biomarkers, and give guidance about the best methods to establish and interpret these
Professor Ian McKeith
The death of Hollywood actor Robin Williams in 2014 threw the condition into the spotlight as it was identified he struggled with the illness.
Now scientists at Newcastle University have led an international team of experts to produce new recommendations to help diagnose the disease more accurately and improve management of the complex disorder.
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A new drug made from pigs' brain cells 'significantly' improves symptoms of
a form of dementia that affects more than 100,000 people, a respected review of
research has found. The drug Cerebrolysin is not
currently licensed in the UK and is made from proteins found in pigs
By Rebecca Smith, Medical
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Patients with vascular dementia, the second most common form of the disease,
showed significant improvements in their thinking and memory after being given
Cerebrolysin, a review of research trials has found.
It would be the first treatment specifically for vascular dementia that is
caused by narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels in the brain.
Around 136,000 people have this form of dementia which is second only to
Symptoms are similar and include particular difficulty with thinking quicmly,
concentrating and communicating and can be accompanied by fits and severe