Dementia & Alzheimers seem to be on the increase, especially in the West. I’ve certainly noticed an increase in people mentioning during treatments, their fears around the symptoms. But do you know, there’s a way to slow down the process and maybe even cure the symptoms? I’m really not joking, and I’ve absolutely no idea why we aren’t told about it – Meditation.
But would you know the difference between Alzheimers & Dementia? This is a powerful question and for most of us, the answer would be NO. First let’s understand the differences, and then how a simple practice like meditation can help reverse the symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease destroys neurons and their connections in the parts of the brain controling memory. These include; the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus. It later affects areas in the cerebral cortex responsible for language, reasoning, and social behaviour.
Dementia is a group of symptoms affecting our mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning (for example, making sense of the world) Dementia is a kind of umbrella that Alzheimer’s disease stands under, and it has many causes. The most common is Alzheimers. Please note… there are different types of dementia too.
“You wouldn’t catch me going up in that lift” they said. “Being so high up, anything could happen” they said – and they’re right!
Some see life through my eyes as terrifying, they’ve even said it to my face. What a gift it is though, to be living on the 17th floor. Standing on my balcony, the view is incredible and they’re so right – anything could indeed happen. Not only can I see the whole of the city & further, an abundance of trees present too many shades of green to even count. As spring approaches, peregrine falcons take flight after hatching their young, and circle in the distance in search of pigeons separated from their group. Sometimes I hold my breath as they come right outside my window. At night, glistening jewels that are street lights & houses, dominate the landscape taking me on a journey of wild imagination but not until my mind & body have bathed in the image of fiery orange/yellow sunsets.