When you were young did you ever forget to do a chore or the name of a song or movie? Did you ever forget an appointment or an answer on a test that you knew?
Of course you did and I’ll bet that your parents, friends and doctors didn’t rush to define your condition of forgetfulness as “onset Alzheimer’s”. Come to think of it I don’t even recall the use of that term.
Once again we have a situation where our lack of basic knowledge about the brain has allowed doctors to classify a normal life time experience as a clinical condition requiring treatment, and of course, medication.
As I see it, the underlying cause of the symptoms being proffered for Alzheimers, has more to do with not using the brain, rather than some mysterious condition preventing it’s proper use. Once again, as with our muscles, the term “use it, or lose it” is very apropos.
The obvious prescription for inactivity is to do something. In this case, it’s to impliment a plan to stimulate the chemical and electrical system that operates our brains and memory. What’s great is that the choice of how to do it is yours. Some experts recommend doing crossword or other types of puzzels. That’s a good start. Others recommend studying a new language; another good one. Anything new will do the trick, especially if it has lasting power; the more difficult, the better.
Don’t be the victim of the Alzheimer’s hoax. If you have followed this blog to this point, there is nothing wrong with your brain. Memory, as we know, is a matter of association and/or repitition. Do something meaningful and do it often. Start to use the term “RECALL” rather than “REMEMBER”. It has less of a negative connotation.
I WON’T LEAVE WITHOUT POINTING OUT THAT THERE ARE CONDITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GROW TO THE POINT WHERE THESE PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS DO NOT APPLY. THERE IS A TIPPING POINT FOR EVERYTHING, AND ALAS, OUR MENTAL CONDITION IS NO EXCEPTION.
I hope to see you back soon.
Until then, I remain your friend,
Ken (The WORDSPINNER)