Senior Living can be as enjoyable as any of our many stages of life. Even if assistance is required to accomplish life’s daily activities, it is often the later years when we have the time to travel and enjoy leisure activities. For many, this cannot happen because of the brain disease called dementia. What makes dementia such a debilitating condition is the loss of independence and recognition – two of the most important aspects of life.
Living without the cognitive ability to make our own decisions and to recognize and relate is quoted by most seniors as “worse than living with cancer or heart disease”.
Genetic dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease, are characteristic of a gene called apo E4 & glutathione- S-transferase where more toxins accumulate in the brain than normal. Common patient symptoms include lapses in memory, communication problems, difficulties with decision making, the loss of cognitive skill and an inability to perform everyday activities