This blog is about hope. With my old year ending with the loss of my father, it would be very easy to sit back and pine for the "good ol' days" when I had all my family and did NOT have dementia. Easy, but not at all practical. I can truthfully tell you that I have been doing a lot of soul searching since Dad passed away, and I have learned some very basic truths about myself. The most important realization was that, for years, I have just been waiting for death. Yes, you read that correctly, I have been living to die. With such a radical realization, you may think that perhaps I've really begun to "lose it". I don't think so myself, I think I am finally beginning to "find it". After all, isn't knowing oneself the first step in changing oneself?
One of my most favorite authors, Louisa May Alcott, wrote:
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow them." If anyone had spunk, it was Ms. Alcott. With this quote, I am inspired to look upward and onward to a life that is STILL full of promise. I don't feel that my feet are quite as stuck in mud as they once were. I feel a renewed energy. I am STILL here. I can STILL live life as fully as possible. Each day can hold new promise for me. Even with dementia.
One new promise on the horizon comes from a study done by researchers from South Florida University whose research contradicts former studies about cell phones causing brain cancer and Alzheimers. According to this newest study found in the American Journal for Alzheimers Disease, American scientists are claiming that talking on mobile phones can actually improve one's memory and help fight against Alzheimer's Disease. These scientists say that tests were carried out on mice and that the results show a beneficial effect on the mind of these mice and suggests that the effects of Alzheimers may even be able to be reversed.
Professor, and head researcher, Gary Arendash said, "It surprised us to find that cell phone exposure, begun in early adulthood, protects the memory of mice otherwise destined to develop Alzheimer's symptoms...It was even more astonishing that the electromagnetic waves generated by cell phone actually reversed memory impairment in old Alzheimer's mice...Since we selected electromagnetic parameters that were identical to human cell phone use and tested mice in a task closely analogous to a human memory test, we believe our findings could have considerable relevance to humans."
I found more information by using Google to find American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, should you be interested in investigating this study further. One may say, this is just one study...and I don't know how many trials they did...but it's either a fluke...or they are on to something good! So, that's hope!
Published On: January 15, 2010