Solving the Puzzles of Alzeimer’s

 

green jig saw puzzle

The puzzles of Alzheimer’s are difficult to solve.

 TESTING FOR ALZHEIMER’S

 February 7, 2014 – Several years ago when Ken’s diagnosis was very new, I had an opportunity for him to be interviewed for possible clinical trials.  For several reasons he did not qualify, which included him having Crohn’s disease and the loss of three feet of intestine.  By-mouth medication could not be used because that would require the healthy functioning of his digestive tract which he no longer had, but the tests that the doctors imposed on him enlightened me about the failure his mind and the puzzles he was facing. 

 YOUTHFUL FEAR

 Evaluating his AD history we were, at first, encouraged that he might be accepted which would require us to spend a night or two at the hospital. I could sense how reluctant he actually was.  “I don’t want to be here alone,” Ken stammered to me sounding every bit like a fearful little boy.  I assured him that if he stayed I would be there with him.

 TESTING IS HARD WORK WITH A POOR MEMORY

 I was also aware of his feelings of intimidation as the doctors ran him through simple tests using several step-by-step verbal instructions in the way he was to fold a sheet of paper which included picking the paper up from the floor and then following the previously given instructions.  As simple as the assignment was, I could see that it was a major puzzle to him. When he began folding the paper I noticed that he had forgotten several of the earlier steps to finishing.

 MEMORY AND COORDINATION

Final diagnosis of AD or other dementia is based on many levels which includes simple testing, and can be further evaluated with brain scans an MRI or a cat scan.  One pencil-paper test was to have him draw a clock placing the hour hand at 11:00 and the minute hand to read 10 minutes to 11.  For him, that was just too much information to remember as well as his hand coordination to draw the numbers and the clock with its hands.

 TOOLS FROM THE INTERNET

Perhaps many of you have had a puzzle sent to you via email or have had them posted on Facebook.  Whatever your experience and my thoughts on brain testing, take some time and check out what you can do, see, or not.  Another source, of course, is in your daily newspaper or magazines:  Crossword puzzles keep you thinking.  Get those neurons going. On line there are also other brain tests you can participate in.  For one, check out LUMOSITY.  You can use it free for about a month.  From then on it will cost, but it is a wonderful mind-brain exercise and you get to check out how you compare with others in your age group.  Just like the body, early patients and caregivers alike need mind-brain workouts and puzzles to keep the brain/mind strong and exercised.

The following is a good example of a Brain Study: If you can read it OUT LOUD you have a strong mind.  Just try it because it is good exercise and fun.Thanks to the brainy person who put this together and because there was no name attached I will credit it to that clever  person Anonymous.

 

To all of those strange-minded friends who are tuned in:

If you can read the following paragraphs copy and test your friends.

Only very good and strong minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting.

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SO CPOY AND TSET YOUR FIRENDS

 

If you can read this, you have a good and strong mind, too.
Only 55 people out of 100 can. 

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what I was rdanieg.

The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid,

 aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy,

It dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word appear,

the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and

last ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can

still raed it whotuit a pboerlm.

This is bcuseae the huamn mnid

 deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef,

 but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh?

Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

If you can raed this, then copy and test your friends.

 

Even if you are still a kid or teen, you will find this interesting …

This is a TEST —————- Good Luck!!!

No grades, no awards, you’ll know how you do, and we can all use some brain exercise!!

 

And then how old are your eyes?

 

The Eye Test

Can you find the B’s

(there are 2 B’s) DON’T skip.  This is a challenge.

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Once you’ve found the B’s

 

Find the 1

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Once you found the 1….

 

Find the 6

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Once you’ve found the 6…

 

Now find the N (it’s hard!!)

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Once you’ve found the N…

 

Find the Q..

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So, go walk your mile or two and you’ll be set for the day.

 

Good job.

CONTRATULATIONS!!

Originally posted 2014-02-10 02:02:09.

2 Responses to Solving the Puzzles of Alzeimer’s

  • Will Gibson says:

    This is a little off topic, yet it isn’t. There is a widely held misconception in the African American community that the Alzheimer’s disease is mostly a white disease. This is not only a false notion, it is a view fraught with danger for black people. There is a terrific book by author Will Gibson that dispels this falsehood. ESTELLA & SYLVIA, while a novel that tells a warm, loving family story, deals with many of the issues and challenges regarding Alzheimer’s.

    As Frances Blake, a book lover who enjoys a good story while caring for her sick mother, says about ESTELLA & SYLVIA: “This is one of the most unique family stories I’ve ever read. I found myself rooting for the whole family. It also helped me as a caregiver. The book also helped my friends understand what I was going through. Most important, they enjoyed it immensely as good fiction.”—

    http://www.amazon.com/Estella-Sylvia-Will-Gibson-ebook/dp/B00CVU3WV6/ref=la_B008TE5ZR2_1_4_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389736412&sr=1-4

    • aromick says:

      While I do have many black friends and acquaintances, I don’t know any who have AD, but I am sure that color will make no differnece regarding who will get Alzheimer’s and who won’t. You are right, though, that to assume one race is immuned is a dangerous thing. AD comes like a thief in the night as it attacks its victims so everyone should be aware.

      Another book of fiction and a movie that you might enjoy, but from a white perspective is “The Notebook.” While the movie has the husband and wife pass on together, the book does not. It has a sequel, “The Wedding,” telling how he copes after she has gone and the family as well. While the disease is mostly about the victim it is always about the family. You didn’t mention the book’s title. I am a reader and would enjoy reading and cheering about another family and their coping with the disease. Alzheimer’s is not a respector of black or white, but an enemy to all. Whatever we can do to help one another is what is important. Thanks for writing.

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