60 Minutes on aging and Alzhemer's/dementia.

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Part two is also there... some interesting stuff going on. I especially liked the part about caffeine, high blood pressure and alcohol having an affect on not getting dementia.... if I can keep this up another 20 years I may just make it!!


I've heard nicotine can help to protect the brain. I wondered if anyone had tried nicotine patches for someone who had early Alzheimer's. I'm off to watch the video. Thank you!
My chances are looking better all the time!
Part 2 really changed my thinking about dementia. So glad I watched it. I was stuck in the old plaque and tangles rut.
We should mention that high bp AFTER 90 was beneficial. Younger people, of course, still have vascular and stroke risk that comes with hypertension. It is hard on the vessels. I have read a couple of places, and a doctor mentioned, that having slightly higher bp (e.g. 150 systolic) can be beneficial for elders in helping to get blood to the head.
Jessie there is a lot of confusion between nicotine and nicotinic acid. Nicotine just makes the brain speed up. Nicotinic acid is actually Niacin or Vitamin B3 which raises the HDL (good cholesterol) and prevents clogged arteries.
Yeah, I was a bit bummed about being over 90 with high bp... but two out of three ain't bad odds!! Nicotine patches do make one a bit speedy... hmmm, this poses a good a rather good or very bad theory! Maybe a cocktail of nicotine, followed by some Niacin and Vitamin B pills chased with a bottle of wine ? (not funny, I know)
Either way, they are seemingly getting closer to solving this awful awful disease.

One glass of red wine with a meal is a beautiful thing. Lots of antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols. A good source of B vitamins all by itself, and choline for memory.
Pam, it is actually nicotine that is protective of the brain. No one knows why yet. If you google nicotine brain protection, you can read a bit of it. It made me wonder if nicotine patches and lozenges might have another use than smoking cessation.

Part 2 of the video made me start looking to see if there are any new follow-ups. I couldn't find anything. If anyone chances across something, I would love to read it.
I was thinking on this more today. The video pointed out that everything may not be so black & white as plaques & tangles. I've been with my mother for 4.5 years now and she has been acting peculiar for more than 10 years. She was diagnosed with significant cognitive impairment last year, but not diagnosed with any specific dementia type. The course of her impairment and the symptoms she has do not fit well with Alz. I had wondered if it was vascular or maybe even Lewey body. It doesn't fit well into any of the classifications. What if they find in the end that it caused by something as simple as not getting enough oxygen to the brain cells for whatever reason? Or what if we are so busy looking for dementia that we ignore the person has just become mentally ill unrelated to dementia? A person may be able to cover up a mental illness when young and healthy, but it may become more difficult when age sets in. Maybe we're putting a lot of things into the untreatable dementia box when there is something simple that might help.
Jessie, maybe you should look into a more in-depth evaluation? I wholeheartedly agree with the being able to cover mental impairments when younger and more difficult when older.

My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Somewhere around this place is the medical report. I know it's here, I'm sure I've seen it...not sure where I put it tho! She finally has her Neurologist appt in a few weeks and I want to take it with us. She was diagnosed in a small town and I mean they finally got a McDonalds a few years ago small town... who's to say it wasn't just a quickie diagnosis?

People vary in the course of the disease but there are some strong almost always there similarities. It's good to stay informed and bring all symptoms to the attention of the physician. You might be onto something!

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