FlyLady talks about husbands as "DH". This morning DH had another MRI to compare with the MRI he had in Lakeland December 2008. I did not sleep well last night, but wonderfully there was no problem getting him to go to this appointment and he drove with the use of his GNS. His MRI was at the University Diagnostic Institute on USF's campus just south of the Johnny Byrd Alzheimer's Institute. We had a little time to kill until our next appointment and we went to a bookstore where DH got two DVDs and I got Phillip Gulley's Home Town Tales.
Back to the ground floor we were treated to lunch and an LCD slide presentation and talk by Dr. David Morgan, Byrd's CEO. Here are part of my notes:
• Early Onset Alzheimer's is inherited, but not the later stages. So DH's adult children do not have to worry they will inherit this disease.
• 10% of the population over age 65 has dementia. 40% of the population over 85 has dementia.
• West Virginia has the highest per cent of dementia in the states because the young people have left that state for jobs elsewhere.
• In Florida there is $12 billion in health care costs for dementia per year.
• The Amyloid Hypothesis was developed around 1990. Mice are being give anti-amyloid vaccines and with success.
• The Tau Filaments Tangle Hypothesis came around 2000.
• RN1219 reduces plaque and improved cognitive function.
• While most of dementia is Alzheimer's, by a process of elimination Byrd is able to find out if DH has a reversible dementia or a problem of another nature. This is what we will find out on September 7th.
• Bryd also does research studies with caregivers.
• PET neuroimaging can detect who has amyloid prior to the onset of symptoms. Would people want to know?
Dr. Morgan said we are on the verge of preventing dementia by discovering who is at risk.
• Aluminum is not a significant cause of Alzheimer's.
• Axona is a prescription that one can get and this can help. I will look into this.
• Dementia happens at a later stage of Parkinson's disease.
• I asked about coconut oil and MCT and research is being done on these--but he wouldn't say much. He has met Dr. Mary Newport.
Do not hesitate to take this tour (see dates below). It was incredible to me that DH and I did this tour together. He has asked me tonight about what we did today and I said we were at an exciting research institute that will be diagnosing his dementia. Furthermore he may be able to get in a research study.
Thank you, Lord, that I felt so free at last! Today DH and I actually communicated about his dementia! Maybe I can get some rest tonight!