My life as a degenerate

January 2013

Brain health

Not firing on all cylinders

Late 2012: Symptoms

Before diagnosis, I was already aware of changes in my brain. I no longer felt up to making "big" decisions (not that I was ever up to that!). I would shy away from them, put them off and hope that things would all sort themselves out somehow.

I could not be 100% sure of what I recalled any more. I couldn't vouch that such-and-such happened in a certain order, or that someone actually said a certain thing on the phone. Although my ability to recall numbers remains.

I felt like putting off lots of things, and lacked motivation. I had to make myself do even routine things! Some of you might say that nothing has changed, but I have been known in the past for being able to focus on getting something done and following through. This appeared no longer to be the case.

Jan: Self-diagnosis

There is a name for my slackness. It's known as "Parkinson's apathy." In my research on the net, I found the following list of areas of PD-induced cognitive impairment:

I think also in there is a loss of ability to prioritize tasks, i.e. what to do in order of importance. Sometimes I leave the important task until after I have finished something insignificant. There does seem to be a need to complete something before starting something else though. If two things need to happen at once, I might go into "gridlock" and achieve neither.

Jan: Treatment

OK, so what can I do to function better and get on with my life?

Cognitive rehabilitation

Body health Heart health Brain health

Things that help me get things done

Executive functions, gridlock Attention difficulties Learning and remembering information

Other relevant websites

Cognitive Impairment article - detailed explanation of cognitive changes in PwP and ways to deal with them

Cognition and PD by Alexander I. Tröster, Ph.D., Mar 22, 2011, 1:01:56 - webinar on cognitive changes in PwP - has more info on how to keep your brain healthy and help to prevent dementia


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