Early onset dementia in Taiwan
In 2004, the Taiwan Dementia Association served mostly senior citizens averaging 82 years of age. In 2012, the association separated those diagnosed as early onset dementia sufferers from the senior dementia sufferers and found that there are an estimated 12,000 “youthful dementia patients” between 30 and 64 years old.
Yoga, dance, gym, drama, fragrances, and sensory coordination therapies have been tried with insignificant success.
Some symptoms of early onset dementia include memory loss, dramatic personality changes, behavioral changes, inappropriate and abnormal behavior, speech hindrances, miscommunication and communicative difficulties.
In helping such cases, I found that “therapy” must be “targeted”. Generalized movement exercises and vocalizations as speech therapy to “correct” slurred speech are ineffective and they do not work. Physical coordination exercises must be specific.
Poetry reading is more effective to correct slurred speech. The tango, not the waltz, is more effective in alleviating walking difficulties. Reciting poems by memory alleviates memory deterioration and loss. Finger stretching exercises and rolling a golf ball with the palm of the hand and the sole of the feet can stimulate motor nerves, eliminate numbness and stiffness. They will also reduce swelling.
Herniated discs can be corrected by “pushing” the protruding discs back into place. Bending exercises in the opposite direction of the direction of protrusion of the herniated disc is very effective. Surgery is absolutely unnecessary to correct and realign herniated discs. Many master massage therapists and master acupuncturists and acupressure practitioners all know this.
I have written all about this when I began this web page and posts some years ago.