Sunday, December 28, 2008
Some Exciting Alzheimer News!
(Turn it up a notch! :))
Take a look: * http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081224215704
*Thanks to my friend Tuckerfan on SDMB for that link!
Okay - so we're still a ways away from curing this shitty disease, but it's heartening to know that research continues, right?
Some personal issues:
1. A couple of days ago, while entering my adress on an on-line order form, I forgot where I live (the address. Couldn't come up with it to save my life). So what did I do? I went to my auto-pay bank site where I knew I had my rent payment entered and found my street name "Foster Avenue". "Foster" being a part of the name of the apartment complex I live in: Foster Place Apartments.
Now, I have to pat myself on the back for knowing how to solve that little problem. See, I didn't just give up and ask my next door neighbor (who doesn't know about this), but I figured it out on my own!
2. Forgetting to take my meds. Tonight I forgot to put on my Exelon patch, and I can notice a difference already. I'm at work right now, and the shakiness of the Parkinson's is returning, albeit not continuously. Headache as well.
Solving THAT problem: Keeping some patches at work, Dummy!
3. Still forgetting names. Now to the point of forgetting the name of a person as I address them:
Person: "Cindy, Bill"
Me: "Oh, I knew that, Cindy! Just trying to formulate what I wanted to tell you."
Suzette from my local Alzheimer's organization told me in a recent phone conversation that the name "Early Onset Alzheimer Disease" may be undergoing a change to "YOUNG" Onset Alzheimer Disease" .
I believe this will be to make it easier to differentiate between "Early Stage" and "Early Onset" with the word "young" being a more appropriate term.
If I got this wrong, please feel free to correct me in a comment, Suzette, Thanks.
To watch a video and for information about the young onset programs
NOTE: This video is no longer available on that site, sorry y'all! , but here's a site which will explain the differences in terminology: http://www.bhoffcomp.com/coping/earlyon.html.
Again, my apologies for linking you to an outdated video!
Thats it for right now. Thanks for reading and don't forget us over at http://www.alz.org where you can access the message board and also make a donation toward Alzheimer research.