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Hello, so you have recently been diagnosed with some form(s) of dementia? Here are some  words based upon my experience of living with symptoms of dementia. Here is what I wish someone has told me about three weeks after I was diagnosed (given enough time to pull myself back together:

 

You are not moving faster towards the day of your death than you were the day before you were diagnosed. This is not a death sentence. It is a wakeup call to live your life, today and every today for the rest of your life as fully as possible.

You will maintain all of your human needs up to about two minutes after you draw your last breath. Tell people as you lose your ability to express this and make it happen yourself, you need their best efforts to make sure all your needs are met, not just the safety ones, but also the personal and psycho social ones.

 

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Hurry and get tested Dementia right away!

Why?

It would be a good thing if driving/scaring everyone who ever forgets into going to their doctor and demanding to be tested for Dementia produced some measurable benefits to those making the demand. However it appears as if the current flood of pleas/please to go get tested early being advanced by The National Alzheimer’s Association and other sometimes well intended press agents is not the case… Given how little we really know about many forms of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s Disease, given there are no really effective treatments other than some 12 year old pills which may or may not slow down the progression in some people for some predictable (per specific) individual, and other than “putting your affairs in order” it is basically too late to become effectively pro active about changing your life (there are some nibbles around the edges you should try) why do it? Recently a study of studies was just released which looked for hard science, documented benefits to early diagnosis.

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"A moral imerative is a principle originating inside a person's mind that compels that person to act.  It is a kind of categorical imperative, as defined by Immanuel Kant.  Kant took the imperative to be a dictate of pure reason, in its practical aspect.  Not following the moral law was seen to be self-defeating and thus contrary to reason.  Later thinkers took the imperative to originate in soncience, as the divine voice speaking through the human spirit.  The dictates of conscience are simply right an often resist further justification.  Looked at another way, the experience of conscience is the basic experience of living."  (Thanks Wikipedia.)

 

"Kant's imperatives are supposedly derived by reason from first principles, but it seems to me that both derive their emotional force from a hidden, unstated appeal to very conventional conscience.  Both amount to exactly what your mother might have said when you were bad: "What if everybody acted that way?  How would you like that?"

 

Kant's core idea was to base all of his ethics on a signle Categorical Imperative (which simply means an unconditional or inarguable rule).  The Categorical Imperative serves in some fashion as the basic axiom of his system.  The C.I. can be stated this way:

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Posted by on in Coping with the Symptoms

Recently, I spoke to a Congressional panel on the role of the arts in dementia treatments.   Artist after politician, after most everyone expressed genuine surprise and delight over either performing their specialty with and for people living with the symptoms of dementia or watching a group performance interactions.  

 

"Look that one can dance, and that one can play the piano, and another one can truly sing songs.  Wow, one over there is painting something and I think it is food art.  What about how excited everyone (and I mean everyone) got during the drum circle exercise?"  These reactions are slight exaggerations, but you get the idea, I hope.

 

We are not fading away, almost zombies, soul-less and wit-less human beings!

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Posted by on in Dementia Research Studies

London:  A medicine widely to combat anxiety and insomnia USED by people over 65 increases by 50% within 15 years the risk o Dementia, researchers have found.

 

Benzodiazepines are widely used in many countries, and it is prescribed to 30% of Pensioners in France, a daily reported.  Benzodiazepines are a type of medication known as tranquilizers or minor tranquilizers, as opposed to the major tranquilizers used to treat psychosis.  Familar names of these drugs include diazepam (Valium), Iorazepam (Ativan), clonazepan (Klonopin), and alprazolam (Xanax).

 

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