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My husband is going to a specialist. He is on the Exelon Patch, and several pills. He takes large amounts of fish oil and still is able to drive. However, his short term memory is getting worse. Also, he seems to get really upset about small things....acting as though they were really big problems. At 7 a.m. every morning he moves his car from our garage to the front of our house, so that no one else will take "his" parking place. He feels our neighbors are a problem, and have too many cars, and friends, and wants to move. I try to reason with him and ask him what they have done to him and he gets angry with me for "taking their side".

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jjariz , You tried only The Bredesen diet or the whole protocol. THe protocol is very involved. It is a very complex program and improvements are noticeable in various areas if not specifically with ALzheimers. When did you put the program in place and were all the labs done?
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i gave you a link to the oil i use. i would strongly recommend reading "the omega zone" by Dr. Barry Sears. every individual is unique. i'm just telling you what worked for me.
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Lindajane,
I'm sorry that it upsets you and you accuse us of giving up. The reality is that we have been where you are now. We have tried Bredesen's diet, fish oil, no-sugar diets, and EVERYTHING else. It just doesn't work.

If there was a way to slow down the loss of short-term memory, it would be on the front page of every newspaper and EVERYBODY would be doing it. After years of trying everything, I am sick of the hucksters taking advantage of folks like us that are looking for hope.
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He has short-term memory problems. He has anger issues and doesn't have a good perspective on what is important and what is trivial.

Are you sure it is a good idea for him to be driving?
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Thank you so much......for all of your answers. Thank you for your precious time and thoughtfulness. It is upsetting to me that some of you see to have given up, that there is no hope and no cure. I refuse to believe this. I am going to add more fish oil, and read Dr. Dale Bredesen's The End of Alzheimers, I agree that sugar does play a part , as my husband does love it (well, most people do). He also loves red meat, which is not healthy either. I am trying to convert to a healthier diet. He exercises every day, and goes to a health club, which really helps with blood flow. He has always been a very proud and type A person, so it is difficult to make him realize that a food might be harming him. Also, Markevans999....I have been giving a high quality fish oil but where do you buy yours? Is it available at Amazon...or Costco?? Thank you all so much.....I sometimes feel so isolated and I know there is a cure out there. Much love and prayers,Linda
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short term memory improved. simple things like remembering where i left my car in the parking lot type of thing. long term memory also improved. i'll say my memory is like it was 25 years ago. took about 3 months to see results. took 2 at first for a month but no improvement, added 2 more for another month, no improvement. it was only when i started taking 6 did i see results. i've been taking this dose for about 5 years now and it is still working.
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Markevans999- can you share what improvements you see after taking 6 capsules of fish oil/day? And how long before you experienced those improvements? Thanks.
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how much fish oil is he taking. i didn't see results until i took six capsules a day. make sure you take high quality fish oil also. this is what i take.
lifeextension.com/Vitamins-Supplements/item01937/Omega-3
also, read "the omega zone" by Dr. Barry sears. he has a section on using fish oil to treat NH patients.
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Agree with him about the cars. Get real estate brochures and look at new places on Sundays. Maybe a move to a Contiuous Care Community wouldn't be a bad idea right now?
Ask his doctor, or better, a geriatric psychiatrist, about meds for his agitation and anxiety.
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We really don't know for certain if any med slows the deterioration. At this point all meds can do is treat the symptoms. There is more and more evidence that healthy diet low in carbs, low in sugar, exercise, sleep habits, healthy life style in general is the best medicine. Dance classes? Yoga? A pet? Walk each day? Mediterranean diet? All things healthy. Keep active and engaged, puzzles, Sodoku, crosswords, something to keep the brain firing. I also agree with the statement about extending the inevitable.

I believe my mom developed Alzheimer's because of her sugar addiction. She went on a cruise with her sister and Reagan was in office. She kept his favorite snack beneath her pillow and munched on them all night. Anyone remember? Jelly Belly! Yuck! And when she had fruit for breakfast? Sugared it, even bananas. And tomatoes always laden with sugar. Don't even get me started on Fannie Farmer or See's.

The dont's are lifetime choices. I don't know if there has been research on changes to choices later in life and the impact on memory.
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You might want to look into the work of Dale Bredesen, MD. He has a protocol that apparently has worked with people with mild/moderate dementia. It's new and experimental, but worth looking into, I think. He has a new book out, The End of Alzheimer's. I haven't read it yet but am on the list for a copy at my local library. Based on what I've read about his work and some interviews I've listened to (you can find a lot of them on YouTube), there is some hope on the horizon. Best wishes to you and your husband.
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There is probably someone who can answer your question but my Moms neurologist didn't believe in giving meds unless seriously needed. Me, why slow down the ineviditable. There is no cure for Dementia or ALZ. Giving meds to slow down the progression is just keeping them longer in a very confusing time for them. They know something is happening but don't know why. Your husband will get past this stage. But if his anxiety and paranoia are high there r meds for that.
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jeannegibbs Feb 25, 2018
There currently are no drugs that slow down the progression of dementia. Inside the brain the damage is continuing, even if some of the symptoms seem to be improved. Having some of the symptoms improved for a while may be worthwhile, but it is not the same as slowing down the deterioration in the brain.
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