Marianne Bailey May 25, 2023
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Josh Pettit’s family has a heartwarming story of lifelong love and companionship. Bob and Betty, high school sweethearts from the Buffalo, New York area, met as fifth-graders and began dating in 1955. Betty became a devoted stay-at-home mom to their three sons, with Josh being the youngest, while Bob worked as a civil engineer.
After Bob’s retirement, the couple decided to travel around and live the RV life, enjoying the warm sunshine in Florida. But Betty’s health soon took a turn for the worse. She was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent surgery, followed by the discovery of kidney cancer, requiring the removal of one-third of her kidneys. She also had a hip replacement and a few other medical procedures, which Josh believes may have sped up the onset of her Alzheimer’s disease. (See note below)
To ensure that Betty receives consistent medical care, Bob and Betty moved in with their youngest son Josh in North Carolina. It was a big change for the family, but they knew it was the right decision. Over time, they began to notice Betty’s memory loss, a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. The family came together to provide the best care possible for Betty, with Josh taking on an increasingly important role in her daily care.
In this podcast, Josh shares with us the journey of caring for his mother Betty, including the challenges and joys of having his parents living with him, and how they manage to provide daily care for Betty. It’s a touching story of love, family, and dedication to a loved one in need. Click the play button above to listen to the full podcast and learn more about their heartwarming journey.
There is growing evidence to suggest that anesthesia may accelerate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in some individuals. Anesthesia is a type of medication used to induce a state of unconsciousness or sedation during medical procedures. While anesthesia is generally considered safe for most people, there is concern about its potential impact on brain health, particularly in those with preexisting cognitive impairment.
Studies have shown that anesthesia can trigger the accumulation of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain, which are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. These proteins can clump together to form plaques, which can disrupt the communication between brain cells and ultimately lead to cognitive decline. Anesthesia can also cause inflammation in the brain, which can further exacerbate the damage caused by beta-amyloid plaques. This inflammation can also trigger the release of free radicals, which can damage brain cells and promote cognitive decline.
A 2018 study published in the journal Neurology found that people who underwent surgery with general anesthesia were more likely to develop dementia within three years compared to those who didn’t have surgery. Another study published in the journal Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy found that exposure to anesthesia was associated with increased beta-amyloid accumulation in the brains of mice. While these studies do not definitively prove a causal relationship between anesthesia and Alzheimer’s disease, they do suggest a potential link.
It’s important to note that not everyone who undergoes anesthesia will experience cognitive decline or accelerated progression of Alzheimer’s disease. However, for those with preexisting cognitive impairment or a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, it may be wise to consider alternative approaches to anesthesia or to closely monitor cognitive function following a medical procedure.
Overall, more research is needed to fully understand the link between anesthesia and Alzheimer’s disease progression. In the meantime, it’s important for individuals and their healthcare providers to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of anesthesia and to take steps to minimize any potential cognitive impacts.