Dementia and Turmeric

Dr. Niklaus | January 31, 2016 | Health, Other | No Comments


Turmeric is one of the most potent natural cure!

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant packed, cancer fighting, anti-bacterial and anti-viral super food and now, it has been found to lift depression more effectively than any other conventional medicine!

Turmeric Fights Depression

This super root is very beneficial for our health. It’s rich in antioxidants, it has anti-inflammatory properties, it’s great for brain health, lowers the risk of a heart disease, and has been found to lift depression, as we previously mentioned. In a clinical trial on major depressive disorder (MDD), Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was found to have equal effects as the prescription drug fluoxetine (the generic form of Prozac), without any adverse effects!

Dr. Ajay Goel, Baylor Research Institute and Charles A Sammons Cancer Center, Baylor University Medical Center and study co-author, stated: “It is a novel and surprising application for this natural medicine. People with depression have higher levels of inflammation in the brain. Also, people with depression have lower levels of neurogenesis in the brain, meaning they make fewer new brain cells than people with no history of depression. Curcumin is both a potent anti-inflammatory agent and a powerful stimulator for neurogenesis.”

It has been also proved that adding turmeric to your dishes greatly reduces inflammations in the body.


4 cups of cold filtered or sparkling water

2 tablespoons of freshly grated or powdered turmeric

4 tablespoons of 100% maple syrup, honey or Stevia if you are trying to avoid sugar

Juice of 1 1/2 lemons or limes

Juice of 1 blood orange (optional)


Mix all the ingredients into a small pitcher, stir and serve with a slice of lemon as a garnish.


Dementia and living Freely

Just some interesting facts I have found –

dementia journey becomes more about understanding and supporting the symptoms of dementia rather than the diagnosis, and when that time comes, many people have found success with psychiatrists and their medication expertise.

5 Things for Caregivers
1. Don’t Lie to Yourself One of the most important things you can do when you are providing Alzheimer’s care is to be honest with yourself. Don’t be in denial. It is easy to be in denial when your loved one starts to show serious signs of dementia, but you aren’t helping anyone by ignoring or refusing to accept these signs. You need to be honest and capable of accepting the reality in front of you.

2. Don’t Argue There is no way to win an argument or use logic to prove a point to someone with dementia. If you disagree, don’t argue with them it will only make them upset. Try not to contradict them. Stop. Take a deep breath and remember it is the disease talking. When this happens try to connect with them at their level and move on from the argument.

3. Don’t Ask Them Why They Can’t Remember This may seem like an obvious point, but it is an important one, and one that many Alzheimer’s caregivers unfortunately forget. It can be very heartbreaking when a loved one like a parent who you care for every day, doesn’t remember you, but you must stay calm. Don’t ask them why or push the subject and just try to accept that this is an unfortunate side effect of their condition.

4. Don’t Stop Visiting Them When a loved one no longer remembers who you are or who any of their family members are, many people will stop visiting them. Don’t. Just because they don’t recognize you or don’t recognize their children, it doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings and don’t enjoy the company. It will be difficult but you need to keep visiting them and encouraging others to do the same.

5. Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself Caring for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease is a big undertaking. Even if they are in a facility and you only need to care for them and visit them a few times a week, it can be very overwhelming physically, mentally and emotionally. Many people deal with stress, depression, and guilt if they ever leave town or aren’t near their loved one. It is important that you take care of yourself when acting as an Alzheimer’s caregiver and that you don’t allow this stress and pressure to overwhelm you. You still need to rest, do things for yourself, take vacations, and give yourself much deserved breaks. The better you take care of yourself, the better caregiver you will be for your loved one.

Dementia and loving my Mom

Hi everyone,

We have had some hard times. I start my morning praying for a good day. I have set up a routine which we try to follow, but mainly we just enjoy our days together.

The studies I have done on dementia are very interesting. There is a bunch of information out there.

Living on a tight budget, we enjoy going to the Dollar Store and hunting for bargains. Mom loves to walk all the aisle to see what is new. I love it.

Keep us in your prayers and bless you all.

Follow me on facebook at Nancy Freelyfrugal and on twitter.

Thanks everyone for following.



Living Freelyfrugal And Helping Mom with Dementia

Hello everyone, I am blessed to be able to spend quality time with my Mom. To catch everyone up with the issues I am researching and dealing with on a daily basis. Mom has Dementia, Vascular Dementia and Cervical Dystonia. We are having daily challenges with the memory. I am trying to stay creative with memory challenges daily. She enjoys slot games on the computer. We do crossword, word search and color. When the weather permits we walk outside and work on her flowers.

I would like to share some of the information I have found on Dementia. Did you know dementia isn’t a specific disease. It’s a group of symptoms such as memory loss, impaired judgement and inability to perform daily activities. Vascular dementia ( mini strokes ) causes confusion, disorientation, trouble speaking and vision loss.

Thanks everyone for following. Please leave a comment and follow me on facebook and twitter.

IMG_1109   Bless all and I will share more of our adventures. Trying to stay Freelyfrugal.

Still working on being great caregiver, wife and mother. While being Free.

Thank you. To all the great comments, I only know how to write from my hear. This is all a learning process, as is life. The hardest thing I have ever done is tell my mother she is in the beginning stages of Dementia and Vascular Dementia. She and I have worked in and around the medical field for years. Her words to me were heartbreaking ” Just knock me in the head and take me on out. I don’t want to be mean to anybody”. So after many tears, I did the only thing I know to do. I hug her and told her ” We are in this together and I love you”. God has always been my strength and we are going to give this to him.  While Mom and I enjoy our precious days together.

I am research different articles on my journey. Please join me on Facebook and Twitter. There are some awesome articles to be seen for all of our health.

And Thanks for following and please leave a comment. I do enjoy reading them and replying. Let’s all live free and frugal.

Learning to help a Parent that is showing signs of Dementia

Time has been tight. I have just taken my mother to the doctor to test for Dementia. One thing I learned today was many of the medications she has been taking for several years for other health problems is causing this memory loss.  I know she is ageing, but well hate to see our loved ones going through these issues. Wish us luck on our journey. I am lucky to be free to take care of her.

free and frugal stepping out

Free to enjoy my first venture of being free at 52.

Wish me luck.

I have always worked a 40 hour a week job and lived paycheck to paycheck. Love reading everyone’s post of living frugal.

I enjoy the simple life of family and friends.

Share my journey with me.

We will enjoy a free and frugal life together with daily post of my journey.