Every day, the Alzheimer's patients gradually lose their memories, but also gradually lost their own? This is not an aging process, it is an irreversible degenerative disease.

The art of losing isn ' t hard to Master
So many things seem filled with the intent
To being lost that their loss is no disaster. ------Elizabeth Bishop

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I miss myself still Alice (2014)

The film, adapted from the 2007 novel of the same name by Sally Jie Nova: Alice Howland, who teaches at Columbia University, is a world renowned linguist. Smart, competent, is a career and family Cluth perfect woman. In her 50-year-old year, the seemingly aging symptoms of the original ordinary life off the track: Short-term memory began to deteriorate, will suddenly forget some familiar words or names, as well as the loss of sense of direction, and so on, all kinds of signs and positive sub-scans (Positron emission tomography, PET) results showed that Alice had a familial genetic type of early Alzheimer's disease, the pathological mechanism is unknown, there is no treatment. Alice's illness also became more and more severe over time: in addition to the increasing frequency of short-term memory deterioration, Alice's spatial perception began to get confused, often putting things in a disorderly way, or forgetting the location of objects, and ultimately not being able to take care of the family or care of the people who were close to them. More and more often, it is not the recent events, but the memories of those young days ... (Recommended to you:"Don't trust anyone": elaborate love scam )

Everyone could be Alice.

At present, about 10 elderly persons over 65 years old in Taiwan have 2 of them are dementia elderly persons, of whom 1 are Alzheimer's in every 2 dementia elderly. Do you listen to negligent intelligence? People often treat the disease of dementia as aging phenomenon, think it is "old Huanhuan", it and commonly known as Alzheimer's disease? But in fact, dementia is not an aging phenomenon, and Alzheimer's disease is not as different as you might think.

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Dementia (dementia) is a general term for brain cognitive degenerative diseases, which can be categorized into degenerative dementia and vascular dementia. Besides the decrease of memory, the symptom there are other cognitive degradation, including language ability, spatial sense, computational power, judgment, abstract thinking ability, attention, and other symptoms, such as interference behavior, depression, personality change, delusions or hallucinations, and so on, these symptoms are serious enough to affect their interpersonal and work ability.

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Alzheimer's disease (Alzheimer's disease, AD) is a type of dementia that accounts for most of the dementia cases, and is a degenerative neurodegenerative disease. Good for seniors over 65 years old, but a very small number of people will be at a younger age, also known as early onset Alzheimer's disease (Early-onset AD), onset from 15 to 65 years old. The most obvious symptom of early symptoms was memory decay, and problems with the identification of time, place and characters. Brain neurons in the hippocampus of Alzheimer's disease are damaged, so physicians can diagnose them through computed tomography and MRI.

More painful than death is to forget

Early dementia

Slight cognitive impairment.
It's hard to remember what happened recently.

Early Alzheimer's Symptoms Language barriers (reduced vocabulary, reduced fluency)
Action not coordinated
Middle-term Alzheimer's symptom Language barriers are more pronounced and even lose their ability to read and write
Complex movements are uncoordinated
The memory is deteriorating, you may not know your close family.
Emotional instability
Symptoms of Advanced Alzheimer's Life is completely dependent on caregivers for the degradation of their actions
Reduced language ability, even loss of conversational ability
Emotional indifference, but can understand and respond to emotional stimuli

From memory, the fragments of life are accumulating continuously, becoming our most precious asset, the evidence that we live. Life, when we suddenly can't think of anything, very often hear: "Those who suddenly can't remember the memory is not nonexistent, but temporarily can't find, one day will think of." "But for the patients of Alzheimer's, the fragments of life, once lost, will never be returned."

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We can firmly look at a better tomorrow, because there is enough yesterday as a back-up, steadfast today as a tool. When you lose yesterday, today and tomorrow seem to be filled with confusion.

Every day, Alzheimer's patients are in the face of such a loss, they are losing their memories, but also in the loss of their own. When I lose myself, I lose the whole world.

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"I am not simply suffering, I am struggling." I will continue to struggle, in order to retain all I have, in order to and "I" to maintain links and hard struggle. I hope the future my children, our children, no longer bear the burden I have. "There is no antidote to Alzheimer's disease, such as ethylene cholinesterase inhibitors, NMD antagonists and antipsychotics, and so on, which can only slow down the symptoms without effective radical treatment."

"I will continue to lose my memory, I know I will, maybe tomorrow I will forget what I have done today, so I will work harder to live in the present, remember me, that love to get along with people, contact, communicate with themselves." In the movie, Alice's speech shook me deeply. I never thought about how important it was to me now, and I never thought about what I was like. Is it necessary to experience loss before you find out what is most important to you? After the loss of time to find, it is too late, too bad.

Maybe you should start looking for the most precious thing in your life from now on, become the person you want to be and put into action.
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If I had Alice at home,

Accidents are unavoidable in life, and family members are often your strongest and most powerful backing. If my family had a Alice, how would I spend the most difficult time in their lives with my dearest loved ones? In addition to giving them full of love and patience, you can do a little more:

  1. To communicate in a simple way, the question of offering options is better than open questions.
  2. The establishment of a fixed pattern of life, the placement of fixed items and the way out will facilitate the lives of Alzheimer's patients.
  3. Knowing the enemy and understanding the dementia and Alzheimer's disease can overcome the frustration of caring for the patient with understanding heart.
  4. Actively invite them to participate in daily activities, such as walking, shopping and so on.
  5. When you feel frustrated, you can be angry with your illness, but don't be angry with your family. No one can take care of the role of the caregiver alone, leave some time for themselves, let themselves relax. Only the caregiver's good mood can let the patient of Alzheimer's feel the warm atmosphere.

The art of Losing

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Elizabeth Bishop, an American poet, writes, in an ironic way, the feelings of life for "loss": The Lost art is not difficult to control/There are many things that have lost meaning/their loss is not a big tragedy. Yes, we lose a little something every day. Losing a watch, losing a book, losing a friend, losing an opportunity, or even losing a memory. Lost art for the patients of Alzheimer's, peremptory is a compulsory course, and there is no course of repair. In the face of such an unseen future, what is it that supports them to move forward? At the end of the movie, when Alice's little daughter, Lydia, reads: "Nothing is going to disappear forever, the world has a kind of painful progress, longing for us to leave something, still dream of moving forward." ",alice's answer is" Love ", is the selfless love of the family, support her pace, become the most powerful pushing hand forward. When people are sick, the hardest is not just the patients, but also their families. Whether the family or the patient, must have the strong willpower and the pressure resistance, can let them each other in this war, besides loses, but also can obtain more from each practice. "Maybe I don't know you, but I remember I love you." "It's what Alzheimer's patients want to say to their families!"

So dear, please don't feel frustrated in the process of caring for Alice.

Because you have to believe that love is always there.