Re: Holistic approaches versus meds?
I am a strong believer in living a healthy life. My mother did get Dementia, but not until she was in her early 90s. She ate a healthy diet, was not overweight, exercised (she went swimmng until she was 95), walked, and above all had a sunny disposition. No feeling sorry for herself, no blaming others, she looked for the best in every day, and in that way avoided being on any prescription drugs until she had an episode of heart failure at age 93. The 6 prescription drugs she took after that led to dementia within 3 months. This is my personal opinion, not the doctor's.
I too try to lead a healthy life, eat based more on fruits and vegetables than on meat and fat, exercise every day, and stay positive. My mother was my role model. I am approaching 70 and do not take any presription drugs. I do use St John's Wort as an antidepressive when the days are short and there is no sunshine here in northern Indiana where we have a lot of snow.
I also have a strong religious faith and pray instead of worrying.
I recommend you stay away from anti Alzheimer drugs until one comes out that can really do something. Meanwhile a little curcumin (sp?) on her foods may have a positive effect. This spice is used in India and other Asian nations where there is a very low rate of Alzheimer's disease.
Last edited by Martha H; 01-09-2009 at 07:22 AM.