Series Code: AL
Program Code: AL000213A
00:01 Have you ever had one of those days
00:02 when you just could not find your keys?
00:06 But I got one better.
00:07 Have you ever climbed to the top of your stairs
00:10 and don't remember why you are up there?
00:14 Well, our program today Alzheimer's the overview.
00:52 Hi, welcome to Abundant Living.
00:54 This is Curtis Eakins.
00:55 Like to introduce my beautiful bride
00:57 of 20 glorious, wonderful years...
01:01 Paula Eakins.
01:02 You bride over 20 years,
01:05 I thought you're gonna keep it rolling but--
01:06 No, I just want to hear your voice now.
01:08 Okay. Okay.
01:09 And that was the wonderful keys too.
01:10 Did you find your keys
01:11 or you went to the top of the stairs?
01:15 I forgot what I say it.
01:16 Just forgot what you say it?
01:18 Maybe we need to do this program for you then.
01:21 Well, we will see as we move to through
01:22 because I'm sure you've a lot to say
01:24 about Alzheimer's and dementia.
01:25 Yes, we do.
01:26 As a matter of fact, we just finished having a program
01:30 that we were-- we open house--
01:33 opened to the community for people to come in
01:35 and talk about dementia and Alzheimer's.
01:37 We opened it up
01:38 and I mean, the place was crowded
01:40 with people not only those
01:42 who were those coming in to get information
01:44 but they actually brought the clients with them.
01:47 Yes, right.
01:48 Yeah, my mother, she is the seniors ministry director
01:50 for First Church here Huntsville, Alabama
01:54 and she has meetings every now and then,
01:57 maybe every quarter.
01:58 So since we've children,
02:00 she also come in and do seminars.
02:02 Last month I guess it was Alzheimer's
02:05 and was the largest crowd I guess in years about 60.
02:09 And so have large caregivers as well.
02:12 Did she pay you for that seminar?
02:14 I don't remember.
02:15 I don't remember either but--
02:17 Because you know, we are part time for conference
02:19 so did she give you a check?
02:21 I think that you better move on
02:23 because, you know, your mother
02:24 will eventually see this program itself
02:25 and I think you're gonna have to answer.
02:27 So yes mother, we did get the money.
02:29 Okay, you did. I got it, I got it.
02:30 So what you did with the money?
02:31 I don't know where I put it.
02:32 Okay, so--
02:34 That was a good answer to, you don't remember, okay.
02:36 But I'll ask you a question because a lot of people came
02:40 and lot of people came
02:41 also with a concern about dementia
02:43 and they were asking questions.
02:44 So what exactly is dementia?
02:47 Yeah, dementia is just simply
02:50 a loss of memory where to the point
02:52 where you cannot really function on a daily basis.
02:56 I mean, it's so severe that
02:57 you cannot really perform your daily duties.
03:01 There's many causes of dementia,
03:03 loss of memory such as alcohol abuse.
03:07 That can cause a loss of memory.
03:09 Brain injury can do it.
03:11 TIA's transient ischemic attacks,
03:15 depression, low thyroid, hypothyroidism
03:20 all those can be causes of losing ones memory.
03:24 And so that's dementia the general form of dementia
03:28 but we're gonna be talking about that
03:29 but also in particular Alzheimer's as well
03:32 which is a part of dementia.
03:34 Okay, well, I'm sure that
03:35 okay, from what you are saying about dementia
03:38 then as probably not why I couldn't find my keys
03:40 and remember what happen when I'm on stairs
03:42 so perhaps I should go to the next definition.
03:44 Maybe that one is more like me and that's Alzheimer's.
03:49 Could you kind of talk about that?
03:51 Yeah, I don't think it's like you
03:52 because we've been what together for 20 years
03:54 and I don't think you have Alzheimer's right now.
03:58 Well, not at this moment
03:59 I mean maybe you know, later on but not right now.
04:02 You're doing pretty good, yeah.
04:04 Great, so how about describing that then?
04:07 Let me be the, let me be the judge of it,
04:08 let me try to figure it out as--
04:10 With severe Alzheimer's if I would know,
04:12 Oh, okay.
04:13 yeah, I'll be the one that kind of tell you.
04:14 Okay, so how about defining it then?
04:18 Hey, let's do it at this time, okay.
04:20 Okay, let's go.
04:21 So Alzheimer's is really the damage of brine cells
04:26 is called nerve lock
04:27 we call never cells, brain cells.
04:30 The brain cells that die and therefore this no firing
04:34 with one brain cell to the next
04:36 therefore there's gonna be some impairment
04:38 as far as cognition is concerned,
04:40 learning skills et cetera
04:42 and is growing at a increasing rate.
04:45 I think we have a first graphic here.
04:46 Let's go to our first graphic
04:47 and see the rate of Alzheimer's in this country.
04:50 Let's go to screen at this time.
04:52 You see here that,
04:53 now again if you notice here around eight of sixteen
04:58 where people start to be diagnosed
05:00 with Alzheimer's diseases around 60
05:03 and then of course 70 to 79 really increases,
05:07 then once you reach 80 to 89 it really increases
05:12 and then of course 90 and above
05:15 it almost increased again.
05:17 The women diagnosed with Alzheimer's more than men.
05:22 And one of reason why because women
05:25 tend to last longer, live longer
05:27 so of course women will be diagnosed little bit more.
05:30 And thanks for the graphic.
05:31 But so it's about one in eight if you're over 65.
05:36 Okay. Okay.
05:37 The projection in about 15 years
05:40 if Jesus delays His coming it will be one in two.
05:46 One in two?
05:47 In about 15 years 2030.
05:50 So, I mean, because began
05:53 the baby boomers are turning 65, 10,000 a day.
05:59 Alzheimer's is usually around in the 60th decade of life.
06:03 So you can see now that is really climbing.
06:05 It's about five million right now.
06:07 So lot of people having in and right now
06:10 it's the six largest cause of death in United States.
06:13 So Alzheimer's diseases is very crippling
06:16 and it can basically can become fatal
06:20 within the first six, eight years after diagnoses.
06:23 So, I guess the question would be then
06:25 I know that those who are watching the show
06:28 are trying to find out what then are the signs
06:31 that individual is actually suffering from Alzheimer's?
06:34 Okay, the Alzheimer's Association
06:36 has really mentioned about ten basic signs of Alzheimer's.
06:42 Again now if a person is experiencing Alzheimer's
06:45 usually they may not be aware of it themselves.
06:47 So normally if family member
06:50 will notice some of those signs.
06:52 Now again if a person is living alone
06:55 then it's gonna be difficult because sometime
06:57 they may not recognize those signs right away.
06:59 So normally another family member can discover the sign.
07:02 Let's go to the screen,
07:03 we have ten signs we'll go five at a time.
07:05 Let's go to the screen for the first of five right there.
07:07 The warning signs, number one,
07:10 loss of memory that disrupts life.
07:13 For lot of people yeah, I can't forget something
07:15 but Alzheimer's is really a loss of memory
07:18 where it really affects your daily life
07:22 and you cannot really retrace your steps.
07:24 Number two, you have problems in solving problems.
07:29 Managing a check book.
07:30 When a person can do that
07:32 but now all of a sudden is very difficult
07:35 or doing a favorite recipe
07:37 they can no longer do a favorite recipe, all right.
07:41 Number three, difficulty in completing task.
07:44 This can be at home, at work.
07:48 Forgetting the rules of a game that person plays now
07:52 and then just cannot remember
07:53 what that rule is or that kind of thing.
07:56 Number four, confusion with time or place.
08:01 In other words, wait a minute, how did I get here?
08:05 Where am I?
08:06 What I need to do once I'm here?
08:08 Now that was all A's
08:10 where you can really kind of retrace your step
08:12 but here Alzheimer's you just simply confuse
08:14 is to how you got to this place
08:17 and what you need to do once you get there.
08:19 The last one in this group,
08:21 trouble understanding visual relationship.
08:25 In other words,
08:27 they have trouble in five distance.
08:31 Color perception,
08:33 if a person is near or far away
08:35 because now it is affecting the occipital lobe
08:38 the back of the brain.
08:40 So those are the first five signs
08:42 as far as Alzheimer's is concerned.
08:44 So and now let's go the next five
08:46 and let's go with that as well.
08:48 The next five. New problems with words.
08:51 In other words, they cannot really carry on a conversation,
08:55 they may get to a middle of a sentence
08:58 and simply forget what do I say next.
09:01 I mean, they just, simply just lost it where.
09:04 You know, sings of just kind of all age
09:06 is where you forget what word to use.
09:08 That's old age but Alzheimer's
09:10 you just stop in a middle of the sentence,
09:12 you have no idea what to say next, all right.
09:16 The next one, misplacing things.
09:19 Now misplacing your keys is not a problem,
09:22 you can retrace your step you find your keys.
09:25 But misplacing keys where you put your car keys
09:28 in a microwave, in the freezer.
09:32 Okay, you see the difference there,
09:33 major difference.
09:35 Next one, decreased or poor judgment
09:39 where you have a poor judgment for as grooming.
09:43 Not be able to groom yourself
09:44 or maybe giving strangers large sums of money,
09:48 the poor judgment, all right.
09:50 Another one, withdrawal from work,
09:52 home or place where a person may be sociable
09:56 but they no longer sociable they withdraw themselves.
09:59 Now old age it could be fine I'm just tired or depressed.
10:04 But Alzheimer's is that
10:06 you simply knock themselves anymore.
10:08 The last one,
10:10 changes in mood and personality.
10:13 The person simply changes their personality.
10:17 They are now more fearful, they are more confused,
10:22 they anxious, they are suspicious,
10:25 somebody trying to get me.
10:27 So those are some of the signs of Alzheimer's diseases.
10:30 Those kind of things
10:31 so therefore, we have to be mindful
10:33 and be mindful that you may not have
10:37 to explain us all of those symptoms
10:39 but when more those symptoms a person experience
10:41 to the more we can determine that person has Alzheimer's.
10:45 Well, I guess I mean, that's a lot.
10:46 Yes it is.
10:47 If somebody is living alone is gonna be a lot harder
10:50 for someone to diagnose that or even for them.
10:53 Okay, but now if they have someone is there with them
10:56 they might be able to see a difference
10:58 in the family member
10:59 and know that something going on.
11:01 So I guess the next thing then would be
11:03 what kind of testing is done to determine
11:06 if a person's experiencing Alzheimer's.
11:08 Yeah, the testing is not conclusive.
11:12 We have to go with doctors
11:13 who specializes in neurology for testing
11:16 but there are certain tests--
11:18 there's one simple test you can do
11:21 if you suspect a loved one has Alzheimer's.
11:24 Simply what you do is you draw a circle
11:27 on a piece of paper,
11:29 tell that person to fill in that circle
11:32 with the numbers of a clock.
11:35 With Alzheimer's they have a hard problem doing that
11:38 because now you are talking about visual perception.
11:41 They can't put a 12 here,
11:43 six here, three and nine.
11:46 They have a hard problem just doing that.
11:49 That's a simple test that you can do.
11:52 More of a standard test
11:54 is the Alzheimer's disease assessment scale, all right,
11:59 where a doctor simply administer that test.
12:02 Another test is called the mini-mental state exam.
12:07 Mini-mental state exam, all right,
12:10 takes about maybe 10 or 15 minutes,
12:13 series of questions, you answer the questions
12:15 and then you have a score to enter that test
12:18 and determine your score more or less determine
12:21 whether a person is experiencing
12:22 Alzheimer's diseases.
12:23 So those are two main test are out there
12:26 that can be administered by a person or professional
12:30 who does administer those two types of test as well.
12:32 Okay, so what that amounts me to then
12:34 you have to actually go somewhere,
12:36 you have to take the person that
12:37 somewhere to take the test.
12:39 Yeah, a professional
12:40 who actually specializes in that diseases.
12:42 But now the clock that can be done at home?
12:45 Yeah, now the clock you can do that at home
12:46 just kind of self test.
12:48 I mean, its not that scientific but at least that's a start
12:51 but usually most family members
12:54 would discover that their loved one,
12:57 because you have wondering they may go out the house
13:02 with their pajamas, may not come back.
13:06 Because it dealt with first temporal lobe,
13:09 then occipital lobe, parietal lobe
13:12 and the frontal lobe.
13:13 See, then therefore the whole brain is affected.
13:16 But its three different stages so depends on what stage
13:19 that person is determines their behavior,
13:23 the personality, the perception
13:26 where they are, forgetfulness
13:28 where you just told somebody something five minutes ago,
13:32 they keep asking you over and over and over again.
13:37 As the person who just, you know, up there in age
13:40 may forget something then they may remember later on
13:43 but person with Alzheimer's
13:45 they will keep asking you over and over and over again.
13:47 So you know there something is going on
13:48 so usually that's to tell, tell sign
13:52 when some of those symptoms
13:54 where a person simply knock themselves anymore.
13:57 Okay, that's very serious.
13:58 Yes, it is.
14:00 That's very serious.
14:01 Okay, so now if that's going on
14:03 with the individual experiencing Alzheimer's
14:06 then of course what about that caregiver
14:10 and that family member
14:11 if its happen to take care of that individual?
14:13 Yeah, the caregiver sometimes
14:16 in just dealing with their family members
14:18 in general sometime be suffered
14:20 because sometime the caregiver
14:23 kind of pass first before the person they are caring for,
14:26 because its really a burden not only financially
14:30 but more or less emotionally.
14:33 Some people have a hard time dealing with this
14:35 than someone actually dies.
14:37 Because you see the person right in front of them,
14:39 right in front of yourself,
14:41 your loved one, family member
14:43 and they do not even recognize you.
14:46 There are some times hard to deal with even more
14:48 so than a person who actually dies.
14:50 I mean, because the person is right there
14:52 but who actually, who are you?
14:55 You are the mother, father,
14:56 or brother, sister, daughter, son, whatever.
14:59 So but Mitchell came, she came with,
15:04 she came to the First Church in Huntsville
15:06 when we did the Alzheimer's Association.
15:09 She is a Alzheimer representative in a community.
15:14 Let's go to the screen because there is a 1-800 number
15:17 that people can call for emotional support.
15:19 Let's go to the screen at this time.
15:21 Here's the Alzheimer's Resources
15:23 and this is the 1-800 hotline everybody.
15:25 That's 1-800-272-3900
15:32 and that's a 1-800 hotline.
15:34 Anybody can call here in United States
15:37 for caregivers, for referrals, for emotional support.
15:41 Now if you call during the working hours
15:45 the now hotline will transfer you
15:46 over to your local Alzheimer's Association.
15:51 Now in addition to that the Alzheimer's.com
15:53 that's Alz.org on the screen there.
15:57 They have a lot of web-base learning,
16:00 e-learning for health professionals,
16:03 health caregivers also that purple--
16:07 "Praise in Purple, " there's on the screen there
16:10 that's a new program
16:13 where Mitchell came with more less her idea
16:15 from the Holy Spirit in Huntsville
16:17 where this is more or less
16:19 she deals to churches in a community
16:22 and people wear purple.
16:24 This more or less give Alzheimer's a awareness day.
16:27 So at your church
16:29 people may wear purple at their church.
16:33 May have a seminar or maybe some workshops
16:35 or table with informational Alzheimer's diseases.
16:39 And so she goes throughout the neighborhood,
16:40 then throughout the city and she has a passionate
16:42 for Alzheimer's because she--
16:44 her's family were touched by Alzheimer's disease as well.
16:48 So that's a lot of information
16:49 that people can go to write to the website
16:52 at this 1-800 number for emotional support
16:54 also for learning and also for other resources as well.
16:58 Well, I think then it was so amazing to me
17:00 was that as I said before
17:01 all the people actually came to the program
17:04 and were there and they have in the clients
17:06 along with them as well.
17:08 And just to get the information from Mitchell
17:10 it really opened up a lot of people's eyes
17:12 and ears to understand
17:13 this whole thing about Alzheimer's and dementia.
17:16 And very that number you are talking about
17:20 the amount of individuals
17:21 is gonna be actually saddle with that.
17:24 That's pretty deep but--
17:25 I mean, we are talking about having every 68 seconds
17:32 some with diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
17:35 Just like every minute Alzheimer's, all right.
17:37 Keep in mind, baby boomers, 10,000 a day reach 65.
17:43 And 65 is when you really start seeing Alzheimer's
17:45 and then once you get 85 is simply quadruple.
17:50 But it can be also in early states
17:52 like in the 40s and even 30s.
17:55 And we are told about some other things too
17:56 as far as that is concerned but--
17:59 so this is growing at a increasing rate,
18:01 Alzheimer's diseases.
18:03 Well, I guess you are saying to yourself,
18:06 you know, we're not finished with Alzheimer's
18:08 so you know that we are going to be doing some more.
18:10 I know we are gonna be moving into a other section
18:11 of this talking about the drug affect
18:13 and I know from there
18:14 we also gonna be moving into some other things
18:17 that you can actually do.
18:18 looking at this whole area of first times,
18:20 you are gonna make sure
18:21 but you stay by to listen to those.
18:23 We are all going to kitchen.
18:24 I know you wonder whether we are gonna cook or not.
18:26 And yes, we are.
18:27 As a matter of fact we are going into the kitchen
18:29 and we're doing the scallion cheddar wheat biscuits.
18:33 They are absolutely delicious.
18:34 Get your paper and your pencil
18:36 and meet us in the kitchen.