Hi all. I did the Bredesen training in December and could not stop thinking about trying it on my mom, who is 95 and pretty advanced in her dementia, which I believe is a type III Alzheimer's. I am a physician (internist). The thought of trying the protocol with her just did not leave me even though it was not the rational thing to do, considering her age and stage of dementia. At first I tried to initiate 3-4 supplements while she was in her care home but they were less than enthusiastic and ultimately stopped giving them to her. So I arranged to take time off work to have her here at my home and do the protocol. It's been about 3 weeks and I am struggling to get the supplements in her. I make her a shake every morning with 1/2 dose of the supplements--it's in powder form for the most part and comes to about 1/2 cup of powder, which is why I can only do 1/2 dose, then I add the vitamin E, DHA/EPA, etc that is not in powder form. She should have a second shake in the afternoon/evening for her second "dose" but she can never tolerate it/keep it down, though she does fine with it in the AM. I am considering possibly trying a smaller shake with 1/4 of the dose of supplements, four times a day...maybe she would tolerate that better, but it would likely leave little room for other food so I will need to include real food in the shake like nuts, vegetables, etc...
I have seen improvement in my mom in terms of her ability to process what we're doing--I explain and show her that we are going to go from the bed to the wheelchair and I can see that she slowly begins to understand, and will cooperate and try to stand up etc. Transfers were a big problem but we have made great strides in that, along with her walking, but that is probably due to my working with her one-on-one consistently. I think I also see improvement in her communication--she is aphasic but makes sounds, and in the last week I feel she is responding more specifically with the sounds she makes---hard to explain, but I see a difference. She was becoming combative and agitated at the care home and I have seen almost none of that, but I am sure that is because she knows me and my home (she lived with me for four years when her condition was early to moderate). We actually have not even done the labs yet due to the difficulty of getting them done in her condition, but we are going to try next week.
In terms of her Alzheimer's, it began with aphasia--she slowly lost her ability to speak. At the time, she conveyed to me that she was sure it was due to a glue she used in her volunteer work with the church. She was in charge of keeping the books in good repair and apparently used a smelly glue of some kind. She felt it affected her brain. For several years she was still sharp and able to drive, cook, clean, handle her finances while her speech slipped away (and writing ability) but then about 5 or 6 years into it she began to have more typical Alzheimer's dementia.
I would like suggestions on masking the flavor of all the supplements in the shake or other advice about getting supplements in. She has difficulty eating/chewing/swallowing so the shake is really the only way to do it.
Thanks for listening!