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6806087-prettyDisrupting Alzheimer’s was established in 2008 by Christy Fleming, after a family member was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) at the age of 54.

In Ireland alone, 4.400 people were affected by early onset Alzheimer’s in 2010 and it’s estimated now that there is 47,893 people with ( AD) or related dementias throughout Ireland. It’s expected that there will be an increase in numbers of People with Dementia over the next 26 years so that by 2041, numbers will have increased to over 140,000.

The aim of the Disrupting Alzheimer’s project is to help disrupt the progression of this disease and improve the cognitive function of individuals by incorporating a process of Nutrition for the brain, with a program of physical exercise and practical tasks. A program designed to help stimulate and re-teach skills through repetition and continuity.

One of the recent discoveries from the project is how, coconut oil, Avocados, B vitamins, Amino acids Turmeric, and the Mediterranean diet can benefit Alzheimer’s suffers and even help to prevent it in many cases. Physical exercises, holistic therapies and being immersed in nature also increases the chances of improving the quality of life of suffers.

Disrupting Alzheimer’s is committed to researching, developing and implementing new strategies that support independent living for those effected by Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.

Short term objectives:

To run effective awareness and educational campaigns, on the importance prevention plays in the role of (AD). This would be done, by providing talks, presentations and attending conferences Etc.

The disrupting Alzheimer’s projects latest venture has been to successfully write and record an upbeat song to raise funds for the project. The song ,which was written by Christy Fleming is called “What Can You Do” and wonderfully conveys the emotions felt at the diagnosis of the disease while at the same time gives hope by promoting the role that diet, nutrition, foods that feed the brain, holistic therapies and encouragement of practical tasks can have in delaying and disrupting the onset of this and other neurological diseases

Thank you for your support and if you would like to be included on our mail list for information on upcoming training days and workshops please text Christy on 086-1045197 or you can email him at disruptingalzheimers@gmail.com

MY BROTHER PAT
Pat my brother was a single man who lived in England for 35 years. At the young age of 54 he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Our family first realised that something was wrong while talking to him on the phone. He normally talked non stop hogging the phone and directing the conversation. It was my younger brother and sister who spotted the changes in him they noticed how distant and withdrawn he had become. They travelled to the UK to investigate for themselves.
On their arrival they were disturbed to find out how confused he was. He was employed as a shift worker for a large supermarket chain and worked at one of their warehouses close to his home. Management had reviewed Pats position after noticing that things did not appear right with his health. He was arriving into work on his days off and reporting for the evening shift when he was due in on the early one.

The company were very helpful towards Pat and had assigned a member of staff to attend a doctors appointment they had previously arranged for him. It was during this time that my sister and brother were making their own investigations into Pats health and spoke with his employers who were delighted to meet family members. In 2008 Pat was brought home to Ireland to be cared for by my family, my younger brother looked after all his affairs in relation to selling his home to taking him to doctors appointments etc. Initially Pat stayed with family members until a purpose built home was prepared and built for him and located to the back of my sisters house in Finglas who was now Pat’s carer.

While living in England Pat developed a keen interest in holistic therapies, healing and spiritualism he was an avid reader and in his early years in the UK he attended spiritual churches and sat as a student in a development circle. He loved massage and reflexology and availed of treatments from friends and therapists living in his locality.

Pat introduced family members to the benefits obtained from complementary therapies and before his illness he always gave advice when needed regarding health issues. Because of his interest in holistic therapies I began implementing an idea I had which was to create a holistic program using diet and nutrition, foods that feed the brain, holistic therapies and encourage practical tasks to help disrupt this disease.

As a therapist myself I enlisted the voluntary support of a team of practitioners to work with Pat in a residential setting. I researched and became aware of the healing benefits attributed to coconut oil and came across an american doctor whose husband had Alzheimer’s disease since mid 2000. Dr Mary Newport published a report on her husbands progress after a case study was carried out on him and she has since wrote a book titled ‘Alzheimer’s what if There was a Cure? The Story of Ketones.

The Disrupting Alzheimer’s Project was born from my brothers illness, sadly Pat passed away at the young age of sixty on the 19th February 2014 ironically on my birthday. He had been hospitalised and operated on four separate occasions after having a bleed on the brain all in the short space of fourteen weeks. Pat contracted an MRSA bug during the first operation and had a stroke after the fourth operation and never fully recovered from this. However we were fortunate enough to spend quality time with him in the preceding years in Kiltegan Wicklow Ireland, here we would engage with him in workshops such as Drama, Dance, Music, Acupuncture and Meditation some of which you will see snippets off in the short documentary which we made about Pat.

A Practitioner once said that Pat was a catalyst, a fitting tribute to him and one that inspires me to continue the important research and work we are doing in developing the Disrupting Alzheimer’s Project which will hopefully help others who find themselves caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease

Disrupting Alzheimer’s Poem

Alzheimer’s sucking the life from what was once a healthy brain,

causing untold pressure and unimaginable pain, for families, loved ones and carers, as cells begin to die,

watching loved ones slip away can make a grown up cry.

The disease eats away, shrinking the brain, making it difficult for loved ones to retain,

information memories lost forever in time, closing down backwards moving steadily into decline.

Slowly slipping trying to hold on, is life a pointless exercise where have our loved ones gone?

But what if there is another way

If diet and nutrition could help to play, a major part in kick starting the brain.

Is it possible for man or woman to retrain? Could coconut or MCT oils be of use, In smoothies apple or natural juice, Turmeric, Ginkgo Biloba and green tea full of antioxidants rich in Chi.
What about therapies such as Reiki and Massages and lots of encouragement with practical tasks,

Reflexology and EFT, Drama and Voice Coaching all set the Spirit Free.
If your health is affected and you’re worried about the above, or if you are finding it difficult and struggling to cope, break the isolation now because once there is life, there is Hope,

research  show that this disease can be fought through a wholesome approach, it just takes some Thought,, continuity is crucial and education is the key

Embrace this information in the knowledge that Alzheimer’s as you once knew it no longer has to be

Written by  Disrupting Alzheimer’s team

7 Key Facts About Dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Key messages about Dementia

” Dementia is a term which describes a range of conditions which cause damage to our brain.This damage affects   memory, thinking, language and our ability to perform everyday tasks.”

Did You Know?

  •  People can and do live well with dementia
    Many people have an image in their mind of what life with dementia looks like. That image is often bleak. So it can be very surprising to learn that many people with dementia continue to live well,socialize and stay involved in their community
  •  Dementia affects our whole community
    47,744 People are currently living with dementia in Ireland and the vast majority of people with dementia are primarily cared for by a family member
  •  Dementia is not a normal part of aging
    In fact,there are approximately 4000 people under the age of 65 living with dementia in Ireland today.
  • Dementia does not just affect your memory
    These changes significantly affect a persons quality of life changing their memory, thinking, communication and their ability to perform everyday tasks.
  •  Alzheimer’s or Dementia?
    The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of conditions which cause changes and damage to the brain
  •  Brain health
    There is currently no cure for dementia but growing scientific evidence indicates that by keeping your brain, your body and your heart healthy you can reduce your risk of developing dementia.

Disrupting Alzheimer’s Project aim is to delay the degenerative progression of Alzheimer’s disease and to disrupt its progress, through the use of holistic/complimentary therapies, physical exercises, practical tasks and diet and nutrition

Some food and spices below which may help

Coconut Oil, Blueberries, Cranberries, Red Grapes, Sesame and Sunflower Seeds.

Spices. Black Pepper Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Cuman, Coriander, Nutmeg, Turmeric, Paprika, Olive oil and nuts.

If you know of any other food or spices  that can enhance and benefit older people’s memory, please don’t hesitate to share with us

5 Things to Know About Alzheimer’s

  1. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia throughout the world. In 2012 it was estimated that there are up to 50 thousand people with AD or related dementias in Ireland. The West and the North West have the highest proportion of population with dementia and around the world 24 million people now have Alzheimer’s.
  2. It is expected that there will be an increase in numbers of PwD over the next 30 years- so that by 2041, numbers of people with dementia will have increased to over 140,000. there is a great stigma associated with diagnosis of dementia. The financial, emotional and social cost of dementia is high. PwD are one of the most vulnerable and invisible group in Irish society and throughout the world today
  3. Alzheimer’s is not the only cause of dementia. Vascular dementia, which is caused by blocked arteries to the brain, is the second  most common type. Other forms include dementia with Lewy bodies, fronto -temporal dementia, and dementia brought on by stroke
  4.  Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer who  discovered changes in brain tissue of a woman who had died at age 55 of an unusual mental illness 1906.The symptoms  of her illness included memory loss, language problems and strange behaviour
  5. Frequently Alzheimer’s is develops among people over 65 year of age.It has been proved that early-onset of Alzheimer’s usually runs in the family, this has been linked with to changes in one of the three known genes inherited from a parent. Early onset Alzheimer’s  could affect people as young as 30 year.of age

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Reference: Awakening from Alzheimer’s By Peggy Salin