Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
If you have to deal with someone who has PTSD it helps to know how it affects the brain. A good book to start with is "The Body Keeps the Score" by Van der Kalk. You don't need a degree in medicine to understand it but be prepared for some ugly reading. He points out some nasty things people have done to each other.
Sadly the brain doesn't have a reset switch on the back of a person's neck to restore factory settings.
Alzheimer's disease works by destroying the brain from the outside in leaving what is often called the reptilian brain to the end. It's the part of the brain that keeps the heart and lungs going when all intellect is gone. The loved ones suffer more than the patient.
Taking on totally new mental activities is supposed to help, along with a good diet and exercise. The problem is that by the time we suffer the disease we're too set into life patterns that don't encourage change.
True friends do not urge you on from the sidelines. They march with you.
They are warriors, not cheerleaders.