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82-Year Old Woman with Dementia Changed Her Diet and Regained Her Memory

Dementia is a common disease associated with the elderly.  Sylvia Hatzer, an 82-year-old woman was diagnosed with this memory devouring disease and her memory began to shut down.  The disease progressed to the point that she no longer recognize her own son.

Sylvia’s condition got so bad that she had to stay in a hospital.  Once she even called the police to accuse her nurse of kidnapping her.

Determined not to lose his mother, Sylvia’s son Mark, helped her change her diet after realizing Mediterranean countries have lower rates of dementia.

Sylvia ate a lot of blueberries and walnuts. The Alzheimer’s Society shared the recipe she was using. Sylvia’s menu included broccoli, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, green tea, oats, sweet potatoes and dark chocolate. These foods optimize the function of the human brain, and they helped Sylvia fight the disease. Medication did not help at first, but when combined with the right diet, it did wonders.

There were also some cognitive exercises that Mark and his mother would do together like jigsaw puzzles crosswords and meeting people in social situations, Sylvia would also exercise by using a pedaling device outfitted for her chair.

Mark said, “It wasn’t an overnight miracle, but after a couple of months she began remembering things like birthdays and was becoming her old self again, more alert, more engaged..