It is not uncommon to find the terms Alzheimer’s and Dementia being used interchangeably. This is however a popular misconception since Alzheimer’s is a specific form of dementia that affects memory and language.

Dementia on the other hand is quite a popular term when it comes to describing a sense of being ‘out of  mind’. Medically, it refers to the brain’s inability to function normally, when a person’s intellectual capacity is not enough to carry out everyday tasks or even their social life.

Aging is a common factor between the two, and whereas it is not the cause of the symptoms experienced, the likelihood of dementia and Alzheimer’s increases with age.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

The odds of getting Alzheimer’s  increase after age 70 and affect around 50% of persons over the age of 85. Fortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging and neither is it something that inevitably happens in later life, some live up to 100 and never develop it.

The symptoms manifested include:-

  • Doing familiar tasks becomes problematic and boring
  • Speech and writing become difficult
  • No concept or correct perception of time and place
  • Loss or misplacement of items
  • Failing judgment
  • mood or behavior changes

 

Symptoms of Dementia

When one’s brain begins to suffer decline in areas such as memory, language and judgment, it is said that they suffer from Dementia symptoms. Signs are linked to cognitive areas and include:

  • Difficulty remembering, speaking, reasoning and focusing
  • Becoming confused and repetitive
  • Mood swings and behavioural changes
  • Failing visual perception

However, for a proper diagnosis of Dementia, One needs to have at least two of the listed impairments in cognition, and they would have to be serious enough to compromise day to day life

The Ashby Memory Method

The Ashby Memory Method (AMM) is a series of well-formulated brain exercises and activities created to reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms. It is a person—centred activity and thought-filled program filled with practises aiming at managing these symptoms better and for longer.

The basic principle behind the program is to exercise the cognitive abilities to help those already suffering memory loss and early moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Most Alzheimer’s patients are moved to care homes due to stressed caregivers. The Ashby Memory Method program helps loved ones stay at home longer within familiar environments and has been proven to reduce caregiver stress.

With a dedicated and professional practitioner, the program is able to impressively improve these symptoms in three months. Thus enhancing the quality of life, removal of anxiety and feelings of depression.

The program doesn’t cite curing Alzheimer’s or Dementia, just a more engaging way of curbing the symptoms particularly during the earlier stages. The program also allows for the family effect to help keep separation anxieties at bay, relieving the mood-swing symptom so prevalent among elderly ones.

Alzheimer’s and dementia are not cognitive death sentences. Neither are they credible enough reasons to whisk your loved one to a home. Patience and the AMM Program can help bring them back as much as possible to their normal self.

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