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Is it Alzheimer’s, or just a memory slip?

January 9, 2012


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Caleb Zuniga
February 28, 2012

A great post without doubt. The information shared is of top quality which has to get appreciated at all levels. Well done keep up the good work.

February 1, 2012

Has any body heard of this? Coconut oil for Alzheimer’s? I think there is nothing to lose by trying it. Wished I have heard before my mom died of Altz. Harvard, Any studies yet on this?
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January 10, 2012

taking medications in the wrong doses .. this is most relevent point

January 9, 2012

Based on our family experience with my mom, and journal articles that I’ve read in the past few years, I’d add the following:
1) falls. There is some evidence that falls precede an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. My mom had falls for 2-3 years prior to her diagnosis that we attributed to her being clumsy, getting older and losing her balance, etc. Two of the many falls resulted in bone fractures.
2) forgetting things that the person should know. In our case, my mom was an avid and experienced cook and when the turkey was undercooked one year, the tortillas had too much baking powder and even the eggs were not made correctly, we noticed. These occurred before her diagnosis.
3) spending money differently (more conservative/more loosely). My mom had always been very conservative in her money management and now was buying things she didn’t need (or normally like) in duplicates. She was taken advantage of by a so-called “charity” as a result. Occasionally, she also thought that she’d lent us money and that we owed her, when it never happened.
4) taking medications in the wrong doses. My aunt was taking too little of her diabetes medication and ended up in the hospital. When she did it again, she was referred to a neurologist who did a thorough work-up and diagnosed her with dementia, most likely Alzheimer’s.

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