In 2010 my mother, then 98 years old, became very depressed after the death of my father and brother. She was on Lexapro for the depression and It took almost 8 months for her to feel better. Unfortunately, the experience brought on severe dementia.
She fell and broke her hip January 2011 and recently after her 100th birthday she was hospitalized for gall stones. Each visit to the hospital increased the symptoms of dementia and delirium. She seldom had a night of uninterrupted sleep, she repeatedly asked the same questions, she forgot some of the names of her children, she obsessed about a bone growing in her mouth (there was no bone), and the list goes on and on of hallucinations and delusions.
A friend recently emailed me a video of Dr. Newport and her research of coconut oil on Alzheimers. After viewing it I went out to buy some coconut oil. I figured if it helps Alzheimer’s patients, it should help someone with dementia.
I started her on 2 tablespoons Saturday, March 31, 2012. I have seen such an improvement beginning with the first day. She seldom repeats herself, she loves to listen to music and dance. She has been remembering her past. She had not spoken of her past since 2010. I heard her singing a song she used to sing pre-depression. Once she goes to bed, she stays there until the morning. I can tell by the blankets that she had a restful night. Normally the blankets would be all over the place. One thing that has changed drastically is she is now an early riser. This is a woman who never wanted to get up earlier than 10 am. Now she’s up at 7:30 and hungry.
I put the coconut oil in her oatmeal and cook all her meals with it. I am very pleased with the changes in her. Of course at 100 I don’t expect her to suddenly act like a 90 year old. My mom is a very healthy woman with no serious diseases. I’m so glad to see that now she can have conversations with friends and family.
It has been 30 days since I started my mom on coconut oil and I am thrilled to say that her dementia has improved so much. She is a happy happy person now. She doesn’t want to spend the day sleeping like she did pre-coconut oil. She is an early riser and is ready for bed by 7:30 – 8:00 pm.
For 20+ years we have been gathering as a family to spend a few hours praying and catching up. Mom has 3 living sisters and none of them had seen her since our last gathering, March 17, 2012. We got together in my house on 4-28-12 and everyone was surprised to see how alert mom was. She remembers her prayers without the use of a book. She was funny and making jokes like she used to.
I am glad to say that everyone over the age of 70 who was at this gathering has gone out to get some coconut oil. They were very impressed with the changes they saw in my mother. As a side note, I have cut back on the amount of coconut oil. I started her out on 2 tablespoons but found that she had too much energy. Although mom is healthy and walks ok, at 100 years of age, she is limited in her activity. She takes 1 tablespoon which is sufficient to see results. Plus, I cook everything with coconut oil now. Got rid of all cooking oils, except olive oil and use only coconut oil. My advise to anyone who has a elderly parent, get them started on coconut oil to keep the dementia at bay.
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