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

Sunday 28 April 2024

Capgras Delusion and Alzheimer’s Disease - Part 1 - Alzheimer’s 15

 She was about eighties. A wife of a veteran. Indeed, we just commemorated Veteran Day. The deep thought for all of our veterans, hoping they have meaningful day.

Image 01 - Illustration of Capgras delusion (Copy from Google)

About the lady, I have never ever forgotten how depressing she was.

She sat in her chair next to her husband when we had a casual conversation. She
slowly got up from her chair. She walked down the hall into her bedroom. Perhaps
she would like to use bathroom or just fix her hair.

She did not come back yet and we were about to leave. So, we looked into her room and she seemed made the bed. 

She tried to fix her tidy bed stared at the bed and she said, “This bed, look at this bed, we had a lot memories here.”

Image 02 - A house in the village.

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Image 03 - A tent, just illustration

She sobbed, “We shared our life here, but I have never known where he is now.”
She sobbed, her shoulder up and down, her face looked very desperate. Then she
walked to the door, stared outside through the glass window, “I don't know how he is now.”

Her daughter took her back to her chair next to her husband. She still sobbed.

Image 04 - A painting by kid, illustration

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Tuesday 19 March 2024

Spicy Food and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 3 - Alzheimer's 14

Image - old building, illustration only.

I like to sit at the bar with other customers to enjoy hot meal. When we were sitting and enjoy the spicy meals, we had talked everything about chili peppers and their benefit.

On the counter many kind of chili souce to adding our meals such as sriracha, many kinds of tabasco, mild and extra hot, spicy mayonnaise, and chili pepper mixed.

We also can ask slices fresh jalapeno to employee in behind the counter.

Then, there is such a warning!

Yes, in another side, the researchers from University of South Australia found out that a spicy diet could be linked to dementia.

A study conducted for 15 years, and for 4582 Chinese adults in China with age over 55. They found that “who consume more than 50 grams chili in a day, they had almost double the risk of memory decline and poor cognition” (Dr Zumin Shi).

And it's more significant for the thinner persons or lower mass index. Thus, proper amount is good, but bad for consume great amount chili every day.

Do you like to consume chili peppers? How often?

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Monday 19 February 2024

Spicy Food and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 14

Image 01 - Food with chili flavor

The last research was that capsaicin is able to prevent neurogenerative disease such as Alzheimer's disease.

In fact, there is Qutenza (Capsaicin 8% patch). It is a prescription medicine used for the management of nerve pain after shingle in adult patient or to relief from post-shingles nerve pain.

Qutenza is synthetic capsaicin equivalent to the nature. Just to let you know that "Qutenza treatment should only be performed by a healthcare provider, and you should never apply or remove it yourself" (Averitas Pharma, 2024). 

Image 02 - Pain relieve with Capsaizin, sold in Walmart

Salonpas pain patch with Capsaicin is very popular among us. It is used for temporary relief of muscle. 

Image 03 - Chai Tea, illustration.

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Image 04 - Rural area, illustration

This patch is also to reduce joint pain caused by strains, sprains, arthritis, bruising, or backaches.

Image 05 - City hall in the small town.

Considering all of benefit of capsaicin in chili pepper, years ago I always went to Whole Market for my lunch.

Image 06 - Cookbook, illustration

Sometimes, we had Shrimp Thai Basil Soup or Chicken Noodle Soup. Spicy and delicious.

Image 07 - Painting by local artist

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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

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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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The Injured Turtle in the Flower Bed - Nature 134

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