A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Senility
I had a question the other day about senility.
Senility used to be considered an inevitable part of aging.
But, we now know it’s a physical disease resulting from a loss of brain cells.
Brain function, or certain parts of brain function, decline to the point that mental disability results.
Forgetfulness, fearfulness, depression, agitation, difficulty absorbing new information, loss of normal emotional responses, and poor short-term memory are typical.
Other signs include mood swings, jealousy, paranoia, frustration, anger, insensitivity to the feelings of others, fear of being alone, repeating conversations, inability to make decisions or complete a task, lack of a sense of time, hoarding, failure to recognize people, and self-neglect.
Senility usually gets progressively worse.
Complications that may occur include injuries (mainly due to falls), poor nutrition, constipation, and a variety of infections.
Dementia can be caused by several diseases affecting brain function, like alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney or liver failure, hypothyroidism, multiple strokes, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, or diabetes.
It can also result from nutritional deficiencies, especially deficiencies of B vitamins.
Many people diagnosed as senile actually suffer from pseudodementia – symptoms mimicking dementia but actually caused by depression, deafness, brain tumors, thyroid problems, liver or kidney problems, the use of certain drugs, or other disorders.
A thorough medical and psychological examination by a qualified professional is necessary for an accurate diagnosis.
Dementia is considered incurable.
But, because generally declining health contributes to the problem, proper diet and nutritional supplements can help.
To deal with senility it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Anise, blessed thistle, and blue cohosh appear to sharpen brain power.
*Gingko biloba improves cerebral circulation, enhances brain function and memory, and destroys free radicals to protect brain cells. Three times a day, place 1/2 dropperful of alcohol-free liquid extract under your tongue and hold it there for a few minutes before swallowing. Or take 400 mg in capsule form 3 times daily. (Don’t take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure).
*Gotu kola, ginseng, and mullein oil all help memory function. (Don’t use ginseng if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant or nursing).
*Kava kava and St. John’s wort help to calm people who anger easily.
*Valerian root promotes better sleep patterns when taken at bedtime.
*Eat a diet consisting of 50-75% raw foods, along with seeds, whole-grain cereals and breads, raw nuts, and low-fat yogurt and other soured products. Eat Swiss cheese, brown rice, and plenty of fiber daily.
*Move the bowels daily. Oat bran, rice bran, and a high-fiber diet are important.
*Keep active. Exercising, walking, engaging in mental activity, and doing things you enjoy, like pursuing a hobby, are important. Seek out companionship and new experiences. Some people withdraw and keep to themselves as they get older because it seems easier and/or safer, but this can lead to loneliness and depression.
*Be sure to keep a safe environment at home.
*Protect against head injury by wearing your seat belt and by wearing protective headgear when participating in activities like as bicycle riding.
*Have a complete physical exam to rule out the possibility of underlying illness as a cause of symptoms.
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