How many times have you said this to yourself? I used to get so aggravated with myself when I would walk into a room completely forgetful of what I went in there for. I always felt like I was wasting so much time tracing back my steps to find everyday items like my keys, phone, sunglasses and handbag. This made me feel frustrated and a bit worried that I was “losing it.”
Recently, you may have seen the posts about Glen Campbell’s last song entitled, “I’m Not Going To Miss You” that he wrote for his beloved wife, Kim. Glen, the original “Rhinestone Cowboy,” is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and he is limited to saying just a few short phrases like “I Love You” and “Thank You Jesus.” I commend Glen for being so open with his disease and sharing his journey to hopefully make a difference. His song pierces my heart because I understand the sadness and frustration that comes with the knowledge that your mind and your memories are leaving you.
You see, my family has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. My precious grandmother, Mamaw, has had this disease for over 3 years.
Mamaw was the life of the party. At my wedding, she danced with every single man there, and they loved her! She was a beautiful Appalachian singer with a very distinct voice that I can still clearly hear. I hope I never forget
her singing voice. When Mamaw lived in my hometown, I would visit her whenever I came home. I loved surprising her at the front door of her assisted living apartment. She always stood there staring at us, her mouth wide open in gasp, tickled with surprise and happiness to see us.
But, as the years went by, I would notice more and more sticky notes around her apartment. “Lock the door.” “Turn off the stove.” “Turn off the lights.” “Dr. Rodney appointment tomorrow DON’T FORGET!” “Take Medicine DON’T FORGET!” “Remote goes HERE.” “Call Marsha DON’T FORGET,” as if she wanted to command herself not to forget. Fear of forgetting things was becoming her biggest worry. She would share with me how frustrated she got with herself, and that “Mamaw has such a hard time remembering things, I get so forgetful.” You could see through her efforts that she did not want to lose her independence. She’s tried so hard to make things work on her own.
I would smile and tell her I understood, but I really did not. We didn’t know that Alzheimer’s was creeping in. I was able to see her at Easter and as God would have it, Mamaw “showed up” and talked to us. It had been a long time since she had spoken complete sentences. Though she did not know who we were, she did ask my sister “What is the name of your little girl?” and she said it clearly! She also responded to us when we said “I Love You Mamaw” by saying “I love you too”. What a beautiful gift! I will always remember this moment since Mamaw no longer communicates.
It’s so difficult to watch a loved one disappear from Alzheimer’s disease. This obviously makes me worry about my mother and even myself and my children. So much has been done in the field of brain research over the past 10 years that I’m encouraged by the findings and the treatments. However, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia. That’s why I look so heavily at our nutrition when it comes to brain health.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, (plus) 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.” That is a scary statistic, isn’t it? Age related mental decline is a normal process that starts as early as age 20 because this is when our brains begin to shrink. It’s not that we are losing brain cells, but we are losing the connections between brain cells. This decline accelerates with age.
Nutritionally, the every day foods that I feed my family will either help our brains to function at their best or do the opposite. My children get a DHA chew every morning for their little brains to develop along with eating the most nutritious meals and supplements that I can give them. Coconut oil, vitamin D3 and Omega-3s are so crucial to keeping our brains healthy. I try to get those essentials in my foods as often as I can. However, I know that I am not getting everything I need for my brain’s health through the foods I’m eating. By now, you probably know that our food is not our grandparents’ food and lacks up to 55% of the nutritional value it once had.
The good news is that taking simple steps like eating a healthy diet, exercising your body and mind, lowering stress and using a supplement like MindWorks can slow this normal age related mental decline. That’s why I made a choice to supplement my diet with MindWorks four weeks ago. It’s amazing the difference I feel in just 4 weeks! I could tell a difference by the second day of using MindWorks. I am so happy I did this! I have been extremely productive, focused and I actually sleep better at night. It’s like my brain gets a great workout during the day, without any fogginess or “mommy brain”, and I am not awake at night with random thoughts running through my mind. My mother and father are now using MindWorks, and I could not be more thrilled about that.
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Take care of yourself today so you will be able to find your keys for years to come!
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