Friday, February 28, 2014

Dementia, a roadblock to the pathway of your brain

Road blocks. Obstacles that seem to be at every turn. This is a good example of dementia.

You brain is merely a pathway, each one going a specific way. Your speech, the way you do things, the way you handle adversity, the way you respond to crisis.

Every thought you have, is first stored in your the front of your brain and then the brain decides if that thought is worth saving, or not. 

Junk files. Just like in a computer, are brain if full of files that are considered junk. Not needed. Taking up valuable space.

These thoughts or files are then gone over by your brain and it decides which is good to remember, which is not.

All the pathways to this must be clear. When you have dementia, these pathways are blocked. Your brain needs another way around to go where it needs to go to remember.

This can be someone's name, a phone number, what day it is, anything...but since that road block is there your brain can sometimes take an alternate route.

This happens when someone is trying to get you to remember something, and goes about it by process of elimination.

"You remember Bob...he works at the post office, he goes to our church, he and his wife Mary have two kids who both have stayed at our house."

In essence you are getting the person to remember "Bob" by telling them more about him. Where he works, his wife's name, etc.

When you have dementia, these other pathway you try to create just can't be created. The road block that is in our brain...there is no detour for.

You can't make a dementia patient remember something. You can't make a dementia patient do something because they once could.

You can't make a dementia patient enjoy the things they did before this disease came into their lives. And by trying to do so, all you are doing is creating stress for the patient and yourself.

The pathways in our brain our indeed blocked. Thoughts and memories for the most part go straight to our junk file.

Dementia patients don't remember things, because what ever it is you are tying to get them to remember...it just isn't there for them to try to.

When we forget something, we don't have the ability to recall it. It is gone. It's very hard for people to understand this. And even harder for us as patients to try to explain what we are living with...