Showing posts with label Alzheimer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alzheimer. Show all posts

Thursday 28 September 2023

Spicy Food and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 14

Chili pepper is used the most for flavoring in many cuisine in the worldwide. It is about three quarters (75%) of population in this word using any kind of chili.

Image 1- Spicy food.

This substance will add flavor, heat and even complicity to foods. Chili peppers might be applied in a variety of ways. In the market, chili peppers could be fresh, dried and powdered.

Surprisingly, there are more than 200 chemical compounds in the pepper, including capsaicin.

Capsaicin is the component that has responsible for “spicy” taste. This is a chemical irritant which attached to a receptor on our tongue. The more capsaicin compound in the chili, so the chili will be spicier.

Image 2- Chilies in the market

Beside to give extra flavors, there are many studies about benefit capsaicin of the chili peppers:

- relieve abdominal pain or gastrointestinal pain.
- increase saliva, reduce bloating, reduce cold, and weight loss
- relieve joint pain and effective agent as anticancer.

Friday 11 August 2023

“Let's go” and “Let's play” - Part 3 - Alzheimer's 13

Image 1- The simple crochets, illustration only

Mrs Brown lose almost all her words. When one walk closer to Mrs Brown, she will say, “Let's play!”. She said the same words every times.

Sometimes she said two sentences. “Le's play! Catch me up!”

Those words could be a chant or mantra, and some research found out that mantra can reduce the worse risk of Alzheimer's disease.

The mantra is done by repeating the words or sentences. This practice could reduce stress and help to placid the mind. Both agitate mind and stress are known as risk factors of Alzheimer's disease.

Image 2- A girl, a crochet for illustration

I hope Mrs Anderson and Mrs Brown feel much easier with their chant or mantra from the severity of this disease.

I also hope our chant or mantra in the morning will work :)

Image 3- Cute three dolls, illustration only. 

How about you, do you have any mantra or chant or good words to spell every morning?

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Monday 5 June 2023

“Let's go” and “Let's play” - Part 2 - Alzheimer's 13

You may read previous posting (Part 1):

- The Rainbow Before Evening : “Let's go” and “Let's play” - Part 1 - Alzheimer's 13

Image 1- Pots of little plants, illustration

Another one loves to reach a smart phone to get daily quote from apps or just read new messages from someones.

We have favorite friends with Alzheimer's who have favorite words. They always say these words to answer our questions or just a sentence that they want to say or let’s know.

Let's call them Mrs Anderson and Mrs Brown, both of them with wheelchairs, eighties year old, both could not recognize a single person but they still know their name.

Image 2- Flower, blooming

Mrs Anderson still able to talk, the words clear, but has no meaning or no purposes at all.

Every time she said something to us or ask something to us, whatever the answers she will spontaneous move her wheelchair and said, “Let's go!”

Image 3- A room, illustration only

# To be continued to Part 3

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Sunday 16 April 2023

“Let's go” and “Let's play” - Part 1 - Alzheimer's 13

We had a short conversation after finished a route walk in Walk to End Alzheimer's. This is a kind of routine exercise, almost every day.

Image 1- A Rosary, morning prayers, illustration

The most interesting in the conversation is the favorite words in the loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

In the stage of Alzheimer's with the sign lose words, some favorite words will remain in memory cells.

I have my favorite words, or a phrase. Sure, It does not a bad word, or curse :)

Some of us in the that group of conversation said that they have some words to spell too when they just get up in the morning to give them the strength, to make the day brighter and happier. 

Image 2- A big yellow flower, illustration

Some of us, get up and reach rosary to say some words. We, sometimes just stare at the 3 crucial words “LOVE, HOPE, FAITH” in beautiful frame sit on the nightstand.

Image 3- The painting, a primary school student

# To be continued to Part 2

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Sunday 12 March 2023

Joker, PBA, and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 3 - Alzheimer's 12

You may read previous posts (Part 1 and Part 2):

Image 1- Joker (credit to Board Vitals)

PBA is caused by a result of injury or trauma or disease that disrupts pathways in expression of emotion, which are the corticobulbar tracts and basal ganglia.

Symptoms of PBA commonly occur in people diagnosed with Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, traumatic brain injury, and stroke.

PBA is often unrecognized at the beginning, however, the study from PRISM obtained data about PBA: approximately 2 million Americans are diagnosed with PBA, and over 7 million people are thought to have symptoms of PBA.

Image 2- Colorful of Azalea

From their trial result, it was about 30% of patient with Alzheimer's Disease also have symptoms of PBA.

One thing I have learned from the buzzing of Joker movie today.

Image 3- Magnolia flowers, illustration

Alzheimer's Disease is not only about forgetfulness but also about displacement in the expression of their emotions.

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Monday 20 February 2023

Joker, PBA, and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 12

You may read previous post (Part 1):

- The Rainbow Before Evening : Joker, PBA, and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 12

Image 1- Uncontrollable and inappropriate laughing 
(credit to Closer Magazine)

Absolutely, Joker is associated to laugh. Out of control, improper and strange laughing.

It was a nice talk with Connie about the character in the movie. The laugh of Joker, uncontrollable laugh, is a sign of his mental disorder, actually.

Wondering about his uncontrollable laugh, we just googled it. We found that suddenly and involuntary outburst of laughing and /or crying in an exaggerated manner or inappropriately is one of signs of Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA).

Image 2- Garden entrance, illustration

The episodes of PBA can last for several minutes and often occur many times in a day.

Image 3- A cat, just for illustration

Uncontrollable laughing and/or crying often occur with unrelated to mood state or social context, so this episodes can be troublesome in everyday life.

# To be continued to Part 3

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Sunday 15 January 2023

Joker, PBA, and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 12

If you are a moviegoer, then, you might enjoy watching this kind of movie, called as the Joker.

Image 1- Joker 2019 and the others.

Proud about the enthusiastic of folks in this world about this movie. Hence, no surprising that a week after opening in Hollywood, Joker had made $548.2 million globally.

We knew, there is no joke in this Joker, actually. The reviewers give many opinions about this rated R movie.

Many pros and cons about the characters and violence of this villain.

Image 2- A New Year gift, just for illustration

Image 3- A dog is running on yard, just for illustration.

One of my best friends, Connie, is a movie-goer. She went to Movie Tavern Citiplace at our city, Baton Rouge, LA to enjoy this drama (thriller) with two hours duration.

The next day I asked her what was the most interesting about the movie. Her answer is his laugh.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Sunday 18 December 2022

Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 3 - Alzheimer's 11

You may read previous posts (Part 1 and 2):

- Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 11

- Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 11

Image 1- Brain health of book part.

Dr. Marwan Sabbagh is medical doctor who practicing in geriatric dementia. He worked with the talented chef Beau MacMilan, a Food Network star.

Chef MacMillan created and developed the do-able recipes by using the brain-boosting ingredients.

Besides Mediterranean diet recipes, the book also include Vitamin B-rich recipes and Folate-rich recipes for cognitive health.

High-spice recipes, brain-boosting juices, green-tea treats to get antioxidants into diet.

Image 2- Walking path, illustration

Image 3- Blue sea crab, illustration only

Turmeric, cinnamon, and berry recipes to prevent inflammation. Many fishes (seafoods) recipes to get good fats.

So, about 100 recipes in this book that created from many kind of brain-boosting ingredients and super food for brain.

The recipes for brain health include drinks, breakfasts, main dishes, salads and soups, also snacks and starters.

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Tuesday 22 November 2022

Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 11

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- Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 11

Image 1- Part of the book

Because the countries very close to the ocean, so fish is one of their main sources of protein.

You know that there are 22 countries around Mediterranean sea, some of them are: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Malta, Monaco, Turkey, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt and Israel.

Those people in the areas also drink red wine in daily basis but always in moderation in term of quantity.

Image 2- Myrtle flowers, illustration

Image 3- Play soccer, illustration

It is also the back way how the people around that areas eat and life. They like to eat together, share their meal, and engage in many daily routine activities altogether.

About the Mediterranean diet is also explained by Dr. Marwan Sabbagh in his book, The Alzheimer's Prevention Cookbook, Recipes to Boost Brain health.

This cookbook is based on evidence of the nutrition. The “science to table” plan that can reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease or any other forms dementia: “Eat Smart, Stay Sharp”

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