I am an avid researcher. Everything I get in the mail from the Alzheimer’s Association or via email says that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s now or on the horizon. I get it……..but I can’t give up. I have been reading countless books and watching numerous videos, and doing at lot of research. I’m not giving up without a fight. I thought I would pass along any resources that may be helpful for you or your loved one in slowing down this disease.
If you come across any additional ones, please let me know! It is going to take a HUGE Village to find a cure or slow down this disease.
Memory Loss & 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
I often get asked what are the signs/symptoms of Alzheimer’s The Alzheimer’s Association website is a wealth of information. Here is their list of the 10 early signs.
Brain Games, Anyone?
Several years ago, when my Mom had Alzheimer’s, my primary doctor mentioned that it may be helpful for me to start playing some brain games. I started by playing Luminosity, and Brain Fit, among a few others. None of them really seemed to make a difference for me.
Jump ahead a few years later, when I was diagnosed by the University of South Florida Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. I had told my doctor I had been playing these games for years. She said that the only game that had proven results in increasing the cognitive function is Brain HQ. So I paid the $100 annually and decided to try it, and I have to admit it seems to help. I find it awfully frustrating, because I don’t do very well on it, but slowly I do see some improvement and it does seem to help my acuity. It tests you on several different dimensions such as attention, navigation, intelligence, people skills, brain speed, and memory. This app offers multiple games you can play in each of these areas to improve your abilities. Right now, I still suck at the game, but I am slowly seeing some improvement, and it is giving me some confidence that I am improving my memory!
If you want to keep your brain sharp into old age, I suggest you give it a try. I’m sure you spend $100 on things far less important than retaining your memory.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Apps for Patients and Caregivers
This article is an excellent resource that has information on 25 different apps for dementia patients and caregivers.
- Alzheimer’s Association (a wealth of information for patients and caregivers. This should be your first stop!)
- Dementia Alliance International (must have a dementia diagnosis to join. Also online support groups, webinars, etc)
- NeuRA (an Australian website dedicated to cognitive disorders. Excellent info on this site.