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Caption: Dementia: You may take my mind but you can have my humor therapy!

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s disease, is there a difference between the two conditions? Yes.  While “Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia marked by memory loss in older people. Dementia is the gradual loss of intellectual function.”  With Alzheimer’s the disease can develop in a person as early as 45, while dementia generally starts showing up later in life, on average at the age of 70.  The mental degradation of Dementia and Alzheimer’s is a common symptom characteristic of the diseases.

While living with Bipolar Disorder and Mental Illness we may believe we understand what it’s like to lose our mind, but we’re lucky, with proper medication and therapy we can get a portion of that back. With Dementia and Alzheimer’s when the mind is gone, it is gone. While memories may be gone, in a recent study, humor has been promising to be helping those that suffer with the debilitating disease who have problems with agitation.

“Agitated behaviors include physical and verbal aggression, wandering, screaming and repetitive behaviors and questions. ” says Dr. Lee-Fay Low

The study uses Humor Therapy rather than antipsychotic drugs to manage agitation in patients with Dementia and has shown positive signs.

Participants displayed both short-term and persisting decrease in agitation, according to lead researcher, Dr. Lee-Fay Low – Humor Therapy Helps Manage Dementia

It’s amazing to that the human mind even while it is falling apart from Dementia still has the ability to recognize humor!  How much more so is humor important to those of us who still have all our faculties! We should never forget the power behind the laughter and we should search every day for something humorous so that we can laugh… Because in the end, it may only be the laughter we remember.

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