Is Alzheimer’s a disease or a path. Is it something which just comes in old age?
Is It another boundary to be crossed? People with Alzheimer’s seem to be in another dimension. It is as though they have crossed into another time zone. It is a kind of Dr Who of the elderly. They time travel back to the past. But is there a connection between other diseases & Alzheimer’s. We know that there is connection between depression & Alzheimer’s. Apparently obese people are more likely to get it. But what is manic depression or bi polar as it is called these days.
In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth talked about a disease of the mind. Diseases of the mind, mental breakdowns, schizophrenia, bi-polar, there is a lingering thought at the back of the mind that it is not really a disease. In the sense for example that cancer is. But the evidence is that it is. People do get depressed. And depression does seem to be a clinical disease. But very often depression can be cared a by a few changes in lifestyle, specifically eating better, getting more exercise.
Bi polar is the most interesting disease, it used to be called manic depression. Some very creative people have been manic depressive, geniuses even, including Ezra Pound, Robert Lowell, Beethoven, Van Gogh, Churchill, Jimi Hendrix, Byron, Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, Robert Schumann (who threw himself into a river)..the list is very long. I am interested as to whether there is a link between Alzheimers & bi-polar. I am also interested as to whether Alzheimer’s sufferers can be helped, cured even, by becoming more creative. I suppose by that I mean creative writing.
Unfortunately the evidence is to the contrary. What we don’t know is whether in fact Alzheimer’s sufferers understand more of what is going around them than they let on.