Father Knows Best

The show was called “Father Knows Best” and Robert Young (Father) always had the answers and advice for his growing family.

Well, in many households, “Mother Always Knew Best” too and she had a simple approach.  If the challenge was physical she would ask “when was the last time you had a bowel movement?”  If you were worried or troubled she would say, “it’s just stress, get busy with something you enjoy!”

Turns out she might have been right on both counts:  what we know today is there is a direct and profound link between the brain and the gut known as the “gut-brain axis”can cause attention/memory impairment.

Stress, anxiety or depression can cause forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and other problems that disrupt daily activities. In kind, these symptoms can cause stress and confusion and a vicious (stressful) cycle begins.

Considering that Caring for, or even just thinking and worrying about a family member can trigger stress and disrupt eating patterns… you have a perfect storm!

The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 47.5 million and is projected to increase to 75.6 million by 2030. The number of cases of dementia are estimated to more than triple by 2050.

Early onset dementia (those between 30 and 65) is one of the faster growing segments of newly diagnosed dementia.

But don’t stress about it; read about it… to learn more the Mayo Clinic offers this article about Reversible Memory Loss and When to Seek Help.

Thank YOU for Caring!

Sources/Links:

Gut Health Link: Keeping the Mind Young: Protect Your Gut to Resist Dementia  http://bodyecology.com/articles/dementia.php   

Memory Loss: When to Seek Help (Mayo Clinic):  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046326?pg=2