Am I going to Die? Yes!
This is a fact we all have to accept, but I guess you mean, will I die because of Dementia?
The answer to this is no! No one on this planet can tell you what you will die off. A lot of people in the late stages of Dementia symptoms die due to other medical-related illness, such as pneumonia, heart problems, breathing, eating disorders, and the list goes on. This is because the number of brain cells is so low by the late stage, that there are not enough for the body to function as it should.
A diagnosis of Dementia means that you have some cognitive functions that are not working as they should. The obvious one that most know of is memory-related issues. However, these can vary greatly, depending on what part of the brain is affected. I believe most of us know when something is not quite right, and often someone close will notice too.
Our brains are amazing and will do everything they can to keep functioning. 20% of the bodies energy is taken up by the brain. It is a powerhouse of billions of brain cells. It works by connecting and sending messages between these cells, and this what gives us life. It will do everything it can to maintain those connections, by Neurogenesis, building new brain cells and Neuroplasticity, forming new connections, by bypassing non-functioning areas.
Throughout life, brain cells are damaged through falls, bangs, accidents, illnesses and any number of things. I remember as a lad hearing that every time you sneeze thousands of brain cells are killed. Scared the life out of me, tried to stop sneezing. However, our brains, in most cases, recover. It is when brain cells are continually damaged, or a mass of cells are damaged that symptoms show.
We play a significant part in what the future brings, and that goes for everyone, with or without Dementia. Most will not keep themselves in the best shape, both mentally and physically, and we know the outcome of this.
A dementia diagnosis is just someone else telling you what you already know. But, this is then a great time to do something about it. In fact, you have to do something about it now!
At this point, your brain is telling you it needs help. So get active, both physically and mentally. Challenge your body and your brain. Learn something new, live life as best you can. Enjoy life, laugh and love your family every day! Be positive! Do not remain Passive!
Is the diagnosis, that you have some Dementia symptoms a statement of the fact that it will kill you, a resounding no!
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