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Living With Alzheimers Disease, Jan 29, 2013
By MaryGrace Patterson   
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Last edited: Monday, January 28, 2013
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013

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Some information that has helped me combat Alzheimers and to move forward in life.

In the spring of 2007, I was diagnoised with early Alzheimers.
I had memory loss and was on an emotional roller coaster of trying to remember and do things in daily life. I'd get lost going to the store and needed guidence in many ways. A PET scan showed I had 20% memory loss at that time.

I began taking Namenda 10 mg and Exelon 4.5 mg twice daily. I did research and found vitamins which could help also. I have been taking Vitamin B12, 1000 meq daily , Folic Acid, 800 meg, 2 tabs daily and Cinnamon capsules 1000 mg twice daily for the last six years.

My memory loss has not been too bad considering the amount of time that has gone by. Last year I asked for another PET Scan to be done. It showed I had 40 to 50 % loss. My memory is still quite good and I have only a small amount of short term memroy loss. Most people do not know I have Alzheimers and I am able to lead a normal life. I take all my medications, pay bills, make life decisions and still drive with out getting lost. I think the Namenda , Exelon and vitamins have slowed the disease down a lot and I thank the good Lord that I am still able to function normally.

My oldest son, Samuel was told he had early Alzheimers on Dec of 2008. (He was 49 then.) He is taking the same medications that I am and is doing well also.

Eating foods high in Antioxidents is helpful, less sugar intake, reading, writing, brain stimulation, music, and excercise all help to combat this illness as well as the medications I mentioned.

I hope this will help and if you know some one who has Alzheimers , please mention these medications .

I have noticed that many Doctors only prescribe one medicaton and both are need as they affect different areas of the brain. Cinnamon is good in controlling sugar metabloism and it is said it helps to break up the plaques that form in the brain. I'm not sure if that is true , but I know from first hand expierence that I am dong alright.
It has been said that taking Folic Acid can reduce the chance of getting Alzheimers up to 45%. Many people have a shortage of Vitamin B12 in their bodies. That is needed to help with memory loss also.

There is a wealth of information on the internet and all one has to do is to research. There are new strides being made in treatment and hopefully a cure will be found in the near future. is a web site that offers a lot of good information and has forums for those who have this illness as well as one for caregivers.

Emotional upsets can affect a person in many ways and for a person with Alzheimers it might be harder to adjust, so try to be understanding and have patience with them.

Since my husband died, it has been a very hard to keep my thoughts together and some times I feel like I am scattered in my brain. I just keep on trying and doing the best I can. I have joined a support group called "Grief Share" which is helping me emotionally. My family, friends, church, as well as memebers on Authors Den have helped me so much and I am beginnig to move forward with my life. God is good and once again I have a purpose to go on.

If I can help any one who has Alzheimers in some small way, please contact me.... Mary Grace 

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/9/2013
Grief of all things is the most powerful villain. I saw it in my mom when dad died. She hangs in there but doesn't know why. You write. That in of itself is testimony of your will. Please keep it up. It is good for you and good for us. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/29/2013
Wonderful news that you're doing so well, MaryGrace...and thanks for the awesome information....

Reviewed by John Domino 1/28/2013
Dear MaryGrace,

I believe that God will not give us more than we can handle. However, I also believe that our faith is being tested constantly. Throughout it all, no matter what in life is tossed as us, our reaction to life's misgivings is more important than any unfortunate event.

May the peace and love of the Lord be with you,

John Michael

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