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(CNN)   We got your blood test back and it says you're going to get Alzheimer's. "Well, at least I'm not going to get Alzheimer's." No, you are going to get Alzheimer's. "Well, at least I'm not going to get Alzheimer's." Oh, forget it. "Already did"   (cnn.com) divider line 39
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2014-03-09 06:12:01 PM
FBI Man #1: Tell you what, Mr. Simpson, from now on your name is Homer Thompson,at Terror Lake.Let's just practice a bit, hmmmm? So when I say hello Mr. Thompson, you say hi.

Homer: Check!

FBI Man #1: Hello, Mr. Thompson.

[Homer stares blankly]

FBI Man #1: [pause]

FBI Man #1: Now, remember, your name is Homer Thompson.

Homer: I gotcha!

FBI Man #1: Hello, Mr. Thompson.

[again Homer stares blankly]

FBI Man #1: [FBI men stare at each other]

[hours pass by]

FBI Man #1: [frustrated] Argh... Now when I say "Hello Mr. Thompson" and press down on your foot, you smile and nod.

Homer: No problem.

[stepping hard on Homer's foot]

FBI Man #1: Hello, Mr. Thompson.

[Homer stares blankly again for a few seconds]

Homer: [whispering to the FBI man next to him] I think he's talking to you.
 
2014-03-09 07:10:06 PM
Finally, I shall have the answer to my life-long question: will I be able to hide my own Easter eggs?
 
2014-03-09 07:11:02 PM
As someone who has a family history of Alzheimer's disease, I'm looking forward to the day when this becomes available.
 
2014-03-09 07:11:15 PM
Two of my aunts have (or had) Alzheimer's.

I get worried every time I forget something or draw a blank in a conversation or have a brain fart and miss my highway exit.
 
2014-03-09 07:13:36 PM
"My level of enthusiasm is very high."

I am determined to say this at least twice this week.
 
2014-03-09 07:15:52 PM
"Scouring more than 100 fats, or lipids, for what might set this group apart, they found that these 28 seniors had low levels of 10 particular lipids, compared with healthy seniors."

Good news for me - I'm all kinds of fat.
 
2014-03-09 07:18:54 PM

capt.hollister: or have a brain fart and miss my highway exit.


When that happens, please use your turn signal and exit a mile ahead rather than manically zig-zag across three lanes in front of me.  Thank you!
 
2014-03-09 07:20:07 PM
I have Halfs-Heimer's disease. CRS is a side effect.
 
2014-03-09 07:21:38 PM
I don't understand. My nephew was supposed to put some pictures of our weekend at the zoo in here.

Why aren't our photos showing up?
 
2014-03-09 07:23:25 PM
It's great if you like meeting new people.
 
2014-03-09 07:23:55 PM
Nothing better than a good Alzheimer's joke. Am I right gang?
 
2014-03-09 07:25:44 PM
Scary?
I think I'd go with awsome!
 
2014-03-09 07:42:51 PM

tinyarena: Nothing better than a good Alzheimer's joke. Am I right gang?


Exactly, because nobody would remember being offended!
 
2014-03-09 07:44:39 PM
My 76 year old dad never remember that his memory has never been perfect so when he forgets something he worries about having Alzheimers.
His memory is no worst than it has been all his life.
 
2014-03-09 07:45:42 PM

talkertopc: My 76 year old dad never remember that his memory has never been perfect so when he forgets something he worries about having Alzheimers.
His memory is no worst than it has been all his life.


*blinks*

What did the English language ever do to you?
 
2014-03-09 07:45:52 PM

Donnchadha: tinyarena: Nothing better than a good Alzheimer's joke. Am I right gang?

Exactly, because nobody would remember being offended!


Best part of senility is always meeting new people!
 
2014-03-09 07:48:13 PM

Billy Liar: "Scouring more than 100 fats, or lipids, for what might set this group apart, they found that these 28 seniors had low levels of 10 particular lipids, compared with healthy seniors."

Good news for me - I'm all kinds of fat.


Does this suggest a connection to diet? Can we eat the right fats to prevent the problem?
 
2014-03-09 07:50:37 PM
About 6 years ago, I took a class on genetics (yeah, I know, I'm not an expert) and at that time was told that there was a genetic link to heart disease and Alzheimer's, and while they COULD test for this gene, like they could test for the breast cancer gene, it didn't seem ethically right as there was really no cure for Alzheimer's.

Looking at my uncle (heart attacks, several strokes) and grandmother (Alzheimer's), it definitely seemed like there was a link, perhaps something to do with plaque in arteries, in the heart and brain. So it makes sense that they would test fats.
Here's the first article I found on it: http://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-agin g -news-10/briefs-emb-10-16-4pmet-arteries-brain-plaques-neurology-relea se-batch-963-680972.html
 
2014-03-09 07:51:55 PM
I thought there was supposed to be cat videos.

Where am I?
 
2014-03-09 07:53:36 PM
I would want to know. Mostly because it helped kill my mother. Knowing now (early 50's) would give me more time to prepare. Of course, I could prepare all I want to and wind up getting taken out by a bus.
 
2014-03-09 07:56:51 PM

Unobtanium: I would want to know. Mostly because it helped kill my mother. Knowing now (early 50's) would give me more time to prepare. Of course, I could prepare all I want to and wind up getting taken out by a bus.


I was about to say this. I would rather know while I was still lucid enough to make my own decisions so that I could make plans ahead of time. Doesn't seem unethical at all to me.
 
2014-03-09 07:57:41 PM

Unobtanium: I would want to know. Mostly because it helped kill my mother. Knowing now (early 50's) would give me more time to prepare. Of course, I could prepare all I want to and wind up getting taken out by a bus.


I recall there being an episode of ER where one of the doctor's dads was diagnosed with it.  The dad wondered out loud whether he should kill himself now, while he knew who he was, or risk losing his whole life of memories to the disease.

Not sure what I'd choose...
 
2014-03-09 08:20:35 PM
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-03-09 08:26:04 PM
All these posts are great. But also, senility is great if you like meeting new people!
 
2014-03-09 08:57:08 PM
Oh fark...I just remembered that I forgot that January was Alzheimer's Awareness month!
 
2014-03-09 08:58:05 PM

Belias: All these posts are great. But also, senility is great if you like meeting new people!


What you did there... I see it.
 
2014-03-09 09:20:16 PM
It helps to laugh. What's so funny?
 
2014-03-09 09:22:44 PM
what?
 
2014-03-09 10:03:33 PM

lobotomy survivor: "My level of enthusiasm is very high."

I am determined to say this at least twice this week.


My level of enthusiasm is very high
 
2014-03-09 10:22:02 PM
Living with this right now. My MIL has it, both of her brothers, her sister and her mother all died from it. It scares the bejeebus out of me, but my husband and his sister won't do the testing. So I am working to get to a place where I can handle it emotionally and financially. My FIL is not doing a good job with it at all. I tell my hubs it's a good thing they don't have guns because He would be the one to kill her and then himself and leave us with the aftermath.
 
2014-03-09 10:36:29 PM

rkiller1: Finally, I shall have the answer to my life-long question: will I be able to hide my own Easter eggs?


I was gonna post that.

/runs off.

//great.now Im lost.
 
2014-03-10 12:52:29 AM
I'm a nurse educator and in my research for an inservice on Alzheimer's, I came across the following video:
http://youtu.be/feyydeMFWy4

It's ridonkulously long, but very informative. The crux is the hypothesis that coconut oil can provide an alternative energy source for the brain after the liver converts the oil into ketones. Those of you who have family members affected by Alzheimer's might want to check it out.
 
2014-03-10 03:22:05 AM

Ms_Behavin: I'm a nurse educator and in my research for an inservice on Alzheimer's, I came across the following video:
http://youtu.be/feyydeMFWy4

It's ridonkulously long, but very informative. The crux is the hypothesis that coconut oil can provide an alternative energy source for the brain after the liver converts the oil into ketones. Those of you who have family members affected by Alzheimer's might want to check it out.


You are an educator and your research consists of watching YouTube?
 
2014-03-10 03:27:33 AM
I'm only 25 but I would take this test tomorrow if they'd let me. Why wouldn't someone want to know? Is Alzheimer's only exciting if it's a surprise?
 
2014-03-10 05:12:50 AM
Word from the god of karma is that making fun of Alzheimer's is the number one cause of Alzheimer's.
 
2014-03-10 06:04:30 AM
I don't care whether there's a cure, I'd want to know if I'm going to come down with it. Given my family history I know about when it will happen and I can live it up before then.

The saddest people are the ones that sacrifice all their life to save, defer retirement well into their 60s, and then come down with Alzhiemers a couple of years later.
 
2014-03-10 11:48:06 AM

o'really: Ms_Behavin: I'm a nurse educator and in my research for an inservice on Alzheimer's, I came across the following video:
http://youtu.be/feyydeMFWy4

It's ridonkulously long, but very informative. The crux is the hypothesis that coconut oil can provide an alternative energy source for the brain after the liver converts the oil into ketones. Those of you who have family members affected by Alzheimer's might want to check it out.

You are an educator and your research consists of watching YouTube?


Sure, when it's an educational presentation sponsored by the Florida IHMC, an institute affiliated with the Florida University network (as in ALL of the Florida Universities.) It also doesn't hurt that the presenter is a neonatologist. But no one can learn anything from YouTube. Everyone knows it's just cat videos and drunken redneck shenanigans.
 
2014-03-10 12:30:12 PM
My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a couple months after I graduated from high school. We had suspected it for a few months. In my mind, the hardest part was having her friends abandon her after the diagnosis. They wouldn't return calls, wouldn't visit. By the time she had her stroke 4 years later, I was the only one on a regular basis. It was so hard watching her go from my fun loving, goofy, mom, to the equivalent of a 5 year old little sister. It messed me up for a long time. There are some days I still have a hard time with it.
On a positive note, I ended up working in health care, in our little hospital. Lots of Alzheimer's patients waiting to get into a nursing home. People always comment on how patient I am with those patients, but I can relate (sort of) to their struggles. I nver would have gone in to health care otherwise.
Next week will be her 9th birthday in heaven.

/CSB
 
2014-03-10 02:17:52 PM

UncleStumpy: My mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a couple months after I graduated from high school. We had suspected it for a few months. In my mind, the hardest part was having her friends abandon her after the diagnosis. They wouldn't return calls, wouldn't visit. By the time she had her stroke 4 years later, I was the only one on a regular basis. It was so hard watching her go from my fun loving, goofy, mom, to the equivalent of a 5 year old little sister. It messed me up for a long time. There are some days I still have a hard time with it.
On a positive note, I ended up working in health care, in our little hospital. Lots of Alzheimer's patients waiting to get into a nursing home. People always comment on how patient I am with those patients, but I can relate (sort of) to their struggles. I nver would have gone in to health care otherwise.
Next week will be her 9th birthday in heaven.

/CSB


Friends will definitely become scarce when someone comes down with Alzhemier's, but when it comes to an afflicted parent there's also the bickering among siblings about who should do what, who isn't doing enough and who isn't doing anything at all.  I've seen that scenario over and over.  It creates a lot of grief, resentment and tension in the extended family when an aged parent comes down with Alzheimer's.
 
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