Why do people get Alzheimer’s?

What is the alternative name we give it?  “Old Timers” disease.

ATT00017 Back in my day we used to ……

We’ve heard the same stories over and over but to a person in their aging years, those stories may be all they have.

Now feeling old and limited they may feel that they no longer have any excitement.  Their children may become bored of the stories, and may even be caught up in their own world that they don’t really care for the old days and no longer wish to visit.

So a person, now being partial prisoner in their own home, or in an aged care facility, has very little to look forward to and has no reason to remember yesterday because nothing happened.

Basic functions happened – big deal!  For someone who used drive to the other side of town to buy some wood to make a beautiful picture frame, or to build crafted furniture with precision and expertise; for someone who took such pride in having manicured lawns and gorgeous flowers but now has to pay someone to do little more than an adequate job; remembering if they took their meds is of small consequence.  What if they forgot – will it make their life any better?

I love the movie “The Bucket List”.  It shows how having a list of things to try gives purpose to life!

Always have something to look forward to.

I also believe this is one of the reasons that people go through a mid-life crisis or look at other…. shall we say “attractions” are on offer.  They are just looking for something ELSE, than the comfortable life they’ve found themselves in.  You are capable of so much more so it seems such a waste of brain space to bother thinking about trivial things.

  • Find your purpose.
  • Set some goals – and when you reach them, make some more.
  • Have family goals and dreams.
  • Create a bucket list and tick them off.

Make some hard ones so you get to stretch yourself because when you stop striving for something, when you stop having something on the horizon to look forward to, your mind has nothing to do.  What’s the point of being present, or the mind ticking over, when there is nothing for it to do but remember to take medications.