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Alzheimer’s: How the Disease Progresses Ep 174

Janet Rich Pittman and Kathe Kline talk about Alzheimer's: How the Disease ProgressesAlzheimer's and how the disease progresses

A lot of older people forget someone’s name or misplace things from time to time. This kind of forgetfulness is normal. But, signs of a more serious problem are things such as forgetting how to get home or getting confused in places a person knows well or asking questions over and over. These are initial signs of Alzheimer's. Janet Rich Pittman and I are talking about an article on Alzheimer's and how the disease progresses. 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The disease progresses slowly and gradually and worsens over time. Eventually, it will affect most areas of your brain. Memory, thinking, judgment, language, problem-solving, personality and movement can all be affected by the disease.

Types of Dementia

Dementia is when a vast amount of brain cells die in a certain section of your brain and this causes your brain to misfunction. To clarify Alzheimer's is a disease and a type of dementia. Every Alzheimer's is different. Therefore, no two types of Alzheimer's are exactly the same.

There are a number of types of dementia, and Alzheimer's is one of them. Majority of the dementias in our world is Alzheimer's, about 87%. Other dementias that people are familiar with are vascular dementia (stroke). Also, there's Lewy Body, Parkinson's, Pick's, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Huntington's, Multiple Sclerosis, Lou-Gehrig disease, and HIV Aids.

How Alzheimer's Disease Progresses

Although every person with Alzheimer's disease progresses differently, it is possible to divide its typical progression into a series of stages. The beginning, the middle and the end.

However, it is essential to make sure that a person with dementia has a good quality of life with the condition and that their needs are met, rather than focusing on what stage they might have reached.

Mild Alzheimer's

Mild is the beginning stages and it lasts a few years. Alzheimer's disease is often diagnosed at this stage. Dementia/Alzheimer's is officially diagnosed when you have 2 or more cognitive impairments in your brain.

Cognitive impairments are those are your ability to focus and pay attention, reasoning and judgment, senses, and visual perception. The very first one that goes is brain endurance, which is your brain energy. The second cognitive thing that you lose is your gait. Other symptoms include having less energy and drive to do things, trouble with driving, language problems, loss of recent memories, and mild coordination problems. Also, depression is a precursor and that is why you gotta beat that depression.

Moderate Alzheimer's

During this stage of Alzheimer's disease, people grow more confused and forgetful and begin to need more help with daily activities and self-care. And it can last 2 – 10 years. Symptoms include rambling speech, trouble coming up with the right words, using the wrong words, and hard time planning and solving problems. Getting angry or upset easily, and sometimes lashing out at family or caregivers. Sleeping is also another problem at this stage.

Another symptom of moderate Alzheimer is that your senses dilapidate. You're not able to smell very well. In addition, your ability to taste especially salt and sugar is weakened. That is why It makes you wanna eat more and more.

Severe Alzheimer's

In the late stage of the disease, the mental function continues to decline, and the disease has a growing impact Janet Rich Pittman and Kathe Kline talk about Alzheimer's: How the Disease Progresseson movement and physical capabilities. It lasts 1 – 10 years.

Now you have a major confusion of what's in the past and what's happening now. And that's the beginning of the end. It goes further to the fact where they quit talking. They may know your face but not know your name. Many people at this stage are physically impaired that is why caregivers are important.

Getting Proper Sleep Helps Lessen How the Disease Progresses

Getting sleep during the day messes up with the circadian rhythm. It is the rhythm that your body has. Set a limit on your naps and try to do all your naps on your 8 hour sleeping time. But you can have a nap in the afternoon just make sure it's not 4 or 5-hour nap. Maybe maximum of 30-40 minutes. Just don't let it mess up your evening 8 hour sleeping time.

In conclusion, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a great task. Because Alzheimer's disease progresses in different varieties. See your doctor if you are worried about your memory or think you might have Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to find out what is causing your memory problems.

About Our Co-Host

Our guest host is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­an expert on memory. She was on the show before, and you can hear more about her credentials on episode 146. Janet Rich Pittman is on a mission to help people fight the effects of aging by powering up their brains. As a Licensed Dementia Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner, she has seen firsthand what dementia can do to its victims and their families—and her years of research have taught her that it’s possible to prevent dementia, even REVERSE IT and reclaim your brain.

You can also visit her website at https://janetrichpittman.com

Mentioned in this Episode:

WebMD: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease — Symptoms

How's Your Cognition?

19 Ways to Get to Sleep and Stay Sleeping

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Memory Impairment: What Causes It? – Ep 173

Kathe Kline and Janet Rich Pittman give their thoughts on Memory Impairment: What Causes It?Memory loss may be a normal part of aging, but it may also be caused by dementia or treatable brain conditions. Getting the right diagnosis and care is important. This episode talks about WebMD's article on memory impairment.

Forgetfulness is a usual common thing and happens to most people, young or old, including memory champions. Distraction, stress, fatigue, depression, anxiety, absentmindedness, and many other factors may contribute. Luckily, most memory impairment problems are reversible. Temporary episodes of forgetfulness is not an indicator of Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

Stages of Memory

The article discusses 3 stages of memory:

  • Encoding – This is when a person takes information in.
  • Consolidation – When you encode the information you process it so that it gets stored in certain areas of your brain.
  • Retrieval – When you recite the information.

Mine differs from the author. I give memory to four stages or four divisions. First is sensory memory, you use this to figure out your next step and that turns into working memory. Working memory is figuring out the process, how are you going to keep going. Next is short term memory, it is based on your emotions and last is long term memory. When you couple emotion with your memories that really helps with the short term memory. Encoding them into short term memory and eventually encoding it into long term memory.

Common Memory Impairment

Common memory impairment or brain blips include misplacing frequently used objects. Such as keys or glasses, forgetting why we walked into a room. And periodic difficulty remembering a word we want to say. It is frequently linked to situational factors and normal age-related changes. For most people, mental flexibility starts to become a bit less efficient with each passing decade from our late 20s onward. Memory starts to decline in our late 30s, so it is common to notice more memory problems as we age.

Consolidate Your Memory

Sleep is when you consolidate your memories. It helps you get rid of your memories and consolidate them. We all think best when we're well rested. A clear, alert brain allows us to focus, learn and remember information, and to be creative. On the other hand, when we're sleepy, we make more mistakes and are less productive.

Healthy sleep puts us in the right state of mind to take in information as we go about the day. Not only that, we need a good night's sleep to process and retain that information over the long term. Sleep actually triggers changes in the brain that solidify memories. It strengthens connections between brain cells and transferring information from one brain region to another.

Other Causes of Memory Impairment

Other causes of memory impairment are stress, anxiety, ADHD, depression, metabolic diseases, alcoholism, vitamin B12 deficiency, infection, and drugs. Episode 101 with Dr. Camille Newton talks about many of the drugs that may cause dementia.

Most people don't realize that it's not just only alcoholism but heavy consumption of alcohol. That is one cause of memory impairment. If you have 2 or 3 glasses a night, you might not get tipsy or inebriated but you have all that sugar. All that alcohol in your brain, every night your brain has to fight and get rid of it. Then your brain just gets tired because of this. It has a hard time purging all that alcohol and sugar.

Control the Way We Progress and Become Better and Healthier

Before you put in those sweets or steaks, here is some food for thought. Research suggests that what we eat Kathe Kline and Janet Rich Pittman talk about Memory Impairment: What Causes Themmight have an impact on our ability to remember and our likelihood of developing dementia as we age.

You just have got to be in a position to put your foot down. Tell yourself that I am gonna beat this, I can reverse this, I've got to get a handle of this. That's when you go out and get help. You go out and have other people that have beat it and knows what's going on. Not some doctor who's gonna give you a prescription and wants you to come back in six months.

About Our Co-Host

Our guest host is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­an expert on memory. She was on the show before, and you can hear more about her credentials on episode 146. Janet Rich Pittman is on a mission to help people fight the effects of aging by powering up their brains. As a Licensed Dementia Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner, she has seen firsthand what dementia can do to its victims and their families—and her years of research have taught her that it’s possible to prevent dementia, even REVERSE IT and reclaim your brain.

You can also visit her website at https://janetrichpittman.com

The article mentioned in this Episode:

WebMB: Is Your Memory Normal?

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How Thinking Changes with Aging – Episode 172

Kathe Kline and Janet Rich Pittman talk about How Thinking Changes with AgingThis is another 4 part series of the Rock Your Retirement show. Today’s guest host, Janet Rich Pittman is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­an expert on memory. So if you want to find a way to slow your brain's aging process, then you're going to love this episode. In the first of these four series, we will be discussing how thinking changes with aging. This came from the article on “How the Aging Brain Affects Thinking” of the National Institute of Aging.

Brain aging is inevitable to some extent, but not uniform; it affects everyone, or every brain, differently. Slowing down brain aging or stopping it altogether would be the ultimate elixir to achieve eternal youth. From remembering to planning, organizing and decision making, the brain is in control. As people age, though, cognitive changes typically occur; fortunately, they can be positive as well as negative.

Normal Brain Aging

As you age, there are a couple of things that are kind of normal or common: Increase difficulty in finding words and recalling names, more problems with multitasking, and paying attention as sharply as you once did. So it's difficult to hone in and concentrate.

Older individuals often become anxious about memory slips due to the link between impaired memory and Alzheimer's disease. However, Alzheimer's and other dementias are not a part of the normal aging process.

Common Changes with Aging

  • Difficulty learning something new.
  • Multitasking.
  • Recalling names and things.
  • Remembering Appointments

On the plus side, people can typically continue to learn new things, including but not limited to vocabulary and other language skills, and to create new memories. Growing amounts of evidence are showing that people can, overall, continue to adapt to new tasks and challenges as they age.

The Three Main Brain Cells

  • Synapse – connect neurons to each other for conscious and subconscious communication.
  • Glial cells – Are our maids of the brain, their our police, our traffic cops. They take care of business. They give us direction, focus, and they redirect and direct. When certain regions of our brain are not communicating. Our thought can't go forward because we got some weak cells in the front.
  • Neurons – Is the basic working unit of the brain, a specialized cell designed to transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells. Neurons are cells within the nervous system that transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells.

Certain Parts of the Brain Shrink

With the changes in aging our brains shrink because we're not feeding it correctly. This is because we just don't use our muscles enough. The older we get we don't use it enough, we don't have that challenge that that helps us combat brain degeneration. The thing is that we should produce that strong, healthy brain cells so that we could fight that degeneration.

The changes that go into your brain is inflammation. Inflammation causes all kinds of problems not just with your brain but the rest of your body too. Over the years when we eat bad, don't get any exercise, and when we are not really using our brains to learn new things.

Protecting Your Cognitive Health

We don't really remember names because we don't actually put it in the file cabinet of our brain cells. Because we weren't really listening. We were thinking about what was going on in the room. And we didn't have an emotional attachment to that name and we didn't force ourselves to remember it.

People with more education seem to have more cognitive reserve than others. Dementia is different than normal aging. Education is a preventive measure for dementia.

How Brain Cells Work

There are 3 important processes that the brain does:Kathe Kline and Janet Rich Pittman talk about How Thinking Changes as we get older

Communication between neurons – You can increase this by learning something new.

Metabolism of the brain – To help with this we should all exercise

Repair, Remodelling, and regeneration – What could help this is getting to sleep.

When people challenge themselves in new experiences and competencies and shares how learning new things it makes you feel good about yourself, especially when accomplishing things other people think you can’t do.

You can prevent thinking changes with aging from happening when you get older. You can stop it by just eating clean, exercise and sleeping well.

About Our Co-Host

Our guest host is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­an expert on memory. She was on the show before, and you can hear more about her credentials on episode 146. Janet Rich Pittman is on a mission to help people fight the effects of aging by powering up their brains. As a Licensed Dementia Administrator and Certified Dementia Practitioner, she has seen firsthand what dementia can do to its victims and their families—and her years of research have taught her that it’s possible to prevent dementia, even REVERSE IT and reclaim your brain.

You can also check her on https://janetrichpittman.com

Mentioned in this Episode:

Dr. David Snowden, Nun Study:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2734290/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12965975

Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives

synapse–correct pronunciation:  syn ap  se (sin app s [s like in snake])

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Rethinking Your Approach to Life – Episode 171

Kathe and Rocky Lalvani talk about Rethinking Your Approach to LifeThis is part 4 of this series. In the first episode, we talked about Bringing Old Americans Into the Mix. The next episode dwells into Why Older Men Should Lift Weights. Episode three was about 5 things that you need to do in order to make your retirement a good one. And in today's episode, we will be discussing the article, I’d Rather Die While I’m Living Than Live While I’m Dead. Because, even at an early stage in life, you need to rethink how your approach to life would be. Would it be for the better or the other way around?

Basically “Die While Your Living” means, I want to die while I'm doing something that I enjoy. My approach to life would be that I want to be out there living my life and not be sitting at home watching TV. Or as the author says putting up with that dreaded commute for a job you don't like, to earn money, to buy things that you don't need, or to impress people you don't like.

All Those Things That We See As A Young Kid Are Imprinted In Us

The author blames Jimmy Buffet's song “Growing Old But Not Up.” It includes the line “I’d Rather Die While I’m Living” in the chorus. He said he watched that song as a young teenager. And Isn't it funny that all those things that we see as a young kid are imprinted in us? Whether it is for good or for bad. The money scripts that we have in life and a lot of the scripts that we have about how life should be live are imprinted in us as kids.

A Lot Of People Don't Really Have a Good Approach to Life

Everyone should enjoy their life and live fully. That is the most important thing for people. You don't have to be retired to do this, you can do it at every part of your life. Just go about doing whatever you want to do in life as long as you are enjoying it.

Sometimes people take the negative side, which is to think that it's about taking undue risks, which is really the opposite of it. It's not about being crazy, it's not about being stupid, and it's not even about any of those types of things. It is about being intentional and being purposeful in what you want in life.

Life Isn't About Being Extravagant

Is your approach to life really about the most expensive car you can drive? The most expensive house you can live in? Eating at restaurants 5 days a week. Is that what life really is? Or is it about building memories with your family and friends?

You just have to learn to say I am enough, I have what I want, and I'm going to be intentional in how I choose to live my life. And also think about doing what is important instead of what society or some advertiser told me what I should do because it's important.

Be Contented With What You Have

You can go buy a new luxury car tomorrow and tomorrow you will be happy. 6 months from tomorrow when your neighbor comes home with a nicer luxury car and yours is dented and it's not new anymore, you're no longer happy. When you learn to let go of yourself and learn to be contented inside then you have it all. Because the final stage of life is learning to let go.

Conclusion

People need to realize that having a happy approach to life isn't something you could do overnight because it Kathe and Rocky Lalvani talk about Rethinking Your Approach to Lifetakes time. Our life is an accumulation of whatever we collect from the environment and the society we are living in. Get rid of that false concept of life first. Because life is not just an accumulation. It’s something more than that. Once you recognize this true nature or approach to life; only then you can approach to the things in the right way.

Once you get rid of the thought that you should be better than others and see each and everything as either equally sacred or as equally nonsense. That will be the time your sense of comparative distinction doesn’t affect you anymore, and your accumulative mode doesn’t create dissatisfaction within you; by making you swing constantly between the happiness and unhappiness.

About Our Co-Host

Rocky is the millionaire next door. He helps people with finding their purpose and stopping that drift. He started out with basically nothing when his parents immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old and his parents were in their 40’s. It was his parents' second big move in life and they were starting over again to create the American dream. In spite of a lot of struggles and his Mom passing away when he was 7, he has been able to achieve financial success and wants to share all that he has learned along the way so others can achieve success much faster. His focus today is on helping others live their purpose, and create their plan for health, wealth, time, relationships and spirituality.

He also has a show called Richer Soul and I was in his show when he first started it.

Mentioned in this episode:

I’d Rather Die While I’m Living Than Live While I’m Dead

RetirementManifesto.com

Creating a Successful Early Retirement Plan with Fritz Gilbert

Finding Meaning and Purpose in Retirement

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The Amazing Retirement Process – Episode 170

Kathe Kline and Rocky Lalvani talk about how to have an Amazing Retirement ProcessThis is part 3 of 4 in this series. In episode 1, we talked about the article Bringing Old Americans Back Into the Mix. Episode 2, was about Why Older Men Should Lift Weights. Today's episode will be about the article, 5 Steps to An Awesome Retirement by Costco. Rocky Lalvani, the host of the Richer Soul's podcast is back with us to be part of this episode about having an amazing retirement process.

The retirement process ought to be a happy time. You can set your own schedule, take long vacations, and start spending all the money you’ve been saving. Having a great life in retirement is not just about having enough money saved up. Like most anything worthwhile in life, it takes hard work, clarity, and dedication to make your retirement process look like what you imagined.

Never Call It Retirement

Don't ever call it retirement. Besides, it doesn't even sound good. Because if you think about the word retirement it's kind of like to retire, to put out, or to pasture. Instead of seeing retirement as an end to a productive, and rewarding professional life, we can view it as a rebirth to opportunities.

The Retirement Process

The article talked about the three steps. You have your childhood, adulthood, and elderhood. Since this is about the retirement process, we need to focus a little bit more on elderhood.

Elderhood is probably the point in life where you get to do what you want. Your kids are no longer your responsibility. Therefore you don't have to go to work anymore. Not to say you don't work but think of it as you no longer have to do things. Moreover, it is the point in time of your life where you get to choose everything and you have that flexibility in life. Knowing yourself, your values, your strength and weaknesses, and then saying, I'm going to live my life in congruence with that and be purposefully happy. And maybe create your legacy and give back, or maybe continue to work. But it is whatever retirement process you choose it to be. Because now you have the freedom to do so.

People Are Redefining What Retirement is All About

All of us are sort of redefining retirement right now. Because there are some really young people who are retiring but in a different kind of way. That is to say that it's just amazing that these 30 or 40 somethings are financially able to retire but still wanna give back to society. Some of them work for money and some of them work for passion. Certainly, retirement isn't the right word for any of us regardless of how old we are.

Choosing the Right Medicare

It really depends if you're below 65, you're gonna have to figure out health care and if you're 65 and older and you're eligible for Medicare, you have to figure out Medicare. People don't usually realize how much Medicare is changing right now. How much they're going to start restricting what you can and can't get. And how much your choice of a Medicare Plan, whether it be an Advantage Plan or a Medigap Plan, it is dramatically going to affect what you're eligible for when it comes to healthcare.

Let's face it we're buying insurance not because we're healthy, we're buying insurance for catastrophe. And when people go shopping for insurance, they shop for premium. They don't bother to say when things go really, really wrong, who's going to protect me the best. Therefore, you need to balance those 2 areas out because in the past you have the ability to switch around with Medicare but now it's harder.

Creating a Team for Your Health and Your Money

In this case, you should have people on your side on both sides of this area. The big part of that team are people who are going to be there to help you. That may be your spouse or very well may be your children. Kids and adults are usually not having open discussions on what it is that you want, how are we going to pay for all of these, and what do you want your legacy or money towards your kids would be. The kids should be aware of these types of decisions.

Figuring Out Where to Live

My husband and I just got thru this part. If you want to check it we have some episodes that we made about this.

I think you need to pick a place that is vibrant, where you have things that you can do, where you have friends, where you have a family, and where you can enjoy and live life.

One of the greatest things that are going to come about is that I'm no longer worried about transportation in the future because I could just call Uber. Even if I can't drive, if I'm in an area where things are close enough I don't need a car. I'll just take Uber, someone will pick me up, drop me off, and I'll just have fun.

Make the Most of Your Time

Live life, enjoy it, you've earned it, you're there. Just go have fun. Be purposeful, be intentional, do it on your terms. My give back is to help people financially, how to be better with their money. Because there's a lot of people who still make 6 figures but still don't have their money in control.

ConclusionKathe Kline and Rocky Lalvani talk about how to have an Amazing Retirement Process

In retirement, it’s common to fall into a trap of procrastination, lack of motivation or being in your head. With all that newfound time on your hands, it’s easy to think you have all the time in the world to conquer the activities and goals on your list. Imagine where you want to be during your next chapters and live your life to the fullest.

About Our Co-Host

Rocky is the millionaire next door. He helps people with finding their purpose and stopping that drift. He started out with basically nothing when his parents immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old and his parents were in their 40’s. It was his parents' second big move in life and they were starting over again to create the American dream. In spite of a lot of struggles and his Mom passing away when he was 7, he has been able to achieve financial success and wants to share all that he has learned along the way so others can achieve success much faster. His focus today is on helping others live their purpose, and create their plan for health, wealth, time, relationships and spirituality.

He also has a show called Richer Soul and I was in his show when he first started it.

Mentioned in this episode:

5 Steps to An Awesome Retirement

MedicareQuick

TrustedHousesitters.com

Going After Kids for Parents' Care Costs

Rock Your Retirement

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