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Alzheimer's is Making Me Feel Hollow Inside - What Can I Do?

Guest Author - Debbie Mandel

Dear Debbie,

I am in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and I feel hollow inside. I am very aware of what is going on or is not going on in my head. I feel like a shadow of my former self. Can you give me some advice to help me adjust? My doctor says that I am unusually cognitive of the changes that the disease brings. Please help.
(Muddled and Miserable).

Dear Friend,
Human beings are beautifully engineered to adapt. Let go of what you were in the past, so that you can live in the present. If you can make up your mind to do this, then you will no longer perceive yourself as a shadow of your former self. Alzheimer’s Disease progresses differently in people. Ask your doctor about Aricept, Reminyl or Exelon which can improve cognition and significantly slow down the course of the disease. Make sure to address your emotional well being by doing some of the following:
  • Exercise with others in an appropriate program for your health status and fitness level, or walk with a friend daily.
  • Avoid being lonely. Connect with positive people. You can contact the Alzheimer’s Association for stimulating programs (800)272-3900 or visit your local senior center. Try an Alzheimer’s online chat room to share your feelings with someone who knows exactly what you are experiencing.
  • Practice meditation. You can listen to tapes or to music that you find soothing.
  • Tape your favorite affirmations on your desk, refrigerator, TV, or anywhere your eyes are drawn. Realize your wishes and internalize the positive, uplifting messages.
  • Watch comedies to activate your immune system. Laughter is still the best medicine.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet; make sure it includes fish, blueberries, green tea, plenty of fruits and vegetables and water.
  • Write your memoirs now. You will leave a legacy for the future and stimulate your brain in the present.
  • Visit your house of worship to cultivate a spiritual support system. Speak to the religious leader for concrete suggestions and spiritual advice.
Make each day a joyous, loving experience. Take photographs to capture beautiful landscapes and people who hold special meaning for you.
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com
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