My granny, a Butte girl, had her first baby at age 17, her second at 19 and raised
them during the Depression with her mother's help. She was an Irish beauty with black
hair and sparkly blue eyes, a space between her two front teeth and a giggle. She loved
good jokes, funny stories and cherished her friendships. I miss her! It was hard when
she passed, but even harder to watch her disappear while she was still living. Dementia
robbed her of who she was. This neuro-degenerative disease, considered irreversible in
the 1990s, left us without hope of getting her back. By the time she was displaying
significant disorientation and confusion, the disease had been destroying her mind for
decades. To prevent this progressive deterioration, it would have been necessary to
begin treatment years earlier.
Now we can intervene, prevent, and reverse early cognitive decline.
Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the most common
cause of dementia and women at any age are 2x more likely than men to develop the
disease. Cognitive impairment does not happen for no reason and the best responses to
treatment occur early in the process of decline. Dr. Dale Bredesen, physician and
“world class” neuroscience researcher has developed the Bredesen Protocol for the
prevention and reversal of cognitive decline. We have reason for hope.
If you think you are “slipping”- listen to yourself-get tested, get with the Program and
give yourself the future you deserve.
Lura Kay Robison, APRN, FNP, CWCN, BS RN
Kay Robison, Advanced Practice Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner at CoreWellness in
Helena, has been Qualified in the Bredesen Protocol through the Institute for Functional
Medicine-approved by Dr. Bredesen for certification of practitioners. The Bredesen
Protocol has proven effective in the prevention and reversal of cognitive impairment in
the earlier stages of Alzheimer's Disease. You can learn more at ahnphealth.com.