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March 12, 2012

Glen Campbell and Alzheimer’s disease

Filed under: Health — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 12:01 pm

Yesterday, I watched a repeat of a Fox News special, hosted by Shepard Smith, which first aired on Feb. 18, 2012; the show features an interview with Glen Campbell about his battle with Alzheimer’s, and also shows him singing on his current tour.

Glen Campbell is 75 and he looks damned good for 75.  If Glenn has Alzheimer’s, how can he remember the lyrics to all his songs?  It is Shepard Smith that I am worried about — he has changed in appearance in the last year or so and now looks very unhealthy.

By sheer coincidence, I had just read an article in the latest edition of Sacramento Magazine entitled You Must Remember This, Six Things to Keep in Mind about Memory Loss. 

According to the magazine article, “Short-term memory problems are the most concerning kind. […] In Alzheimer’s, short-term (memory) is the first aspect of memory to be lost.”

According to the magazine article, Dr. Michael McCloud, of the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, says that most people, who fear that they have Alzheimer’s, don’t have it.  Dr. McCloud, who specializes in healthy-aging, says that one out of every four Americans older than 65 have MCI (mild cognitive impairment). Dr. McCloud recommends mental stimulation, such as doing crossword puzzles and learning a new language, to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Glen Campbell is currently on his Farewell Tour.  If he ever gets to Sacramento, he should see Dr. McCloud at the U.C. Davis Medical Center.  I believe that Dr. McCloud would tell him that he has MCI, not Alzheimer’s.

Here is a quote from the Sacramento Magazine article:

Other things that have been shown to battle memory loss and improve brain function: blueberries, tumeric, Omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins B12 and D.

I eat blueberries almost every day and I eat walnuts for Omega-3 every day.  I take tumeric capsules with every meal, along with Vitamin D pills.  I don’t take vitamin B-12 because the B vitamins should always be taken together.  I think I get plenty of B-12 in my food.

I sometimes walk into a room and forget for a moment why I went into the room, but Dr. McCloud says that this is normal.  Dr. McCloud says that age-related cognitive changes in our seventh decade of life are normal. 

I’m not going to worry about all this.  I’m just going to have a bowl of oatmeal with walnuts and blueberries and take a couple of tumeric capsules.  And then, I’ll go for a walk.  Dr. McCloud says that exercise will help to prevent Alzheimer’s.

The most important symptom of Alzheimer’s is when you start asking the same questions more than once in a short span of time.  I have instructed my family members to take me to see Dr. McCloud, whose office is only 5 minutes from my house, if I ever ask them the same question twice.


February 1, 2011

5 million baby boomers have Alzheimer’s disease

Filed under: Health — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:00 am

Yesterday, when I heard on the news that 5 million baby boomers currently have Alzheimer’s disease, I was immediately fearful.  But not because I’m a baby boomer myself.  No, it’s much worse.  I’m more than old enough to have Alzheimer’s right now.  I am fearful because my three children are baby  boomers, born between 1945 and 1963.  One in 8 baby boomers is expected to have Alzheimer’s.   How is this possible and what can be done to prevent it?

Alzheimer’s disease is named after the German doctor who discovered it and first wrote about it in 1906.  Why was it a GERMAN doctor, and not a Chinese doctor or a doctor from India, who first discovered the disease?  Was it because the German doctors were the most advanced, or was it because this is a disease of white people, specifically German people?  I’m guessing that the disease was first noticed in Germany because it was related to the diet of the German people back in the early 1900s. (more…)