Quite the discussion that needs to be had

Dementia: A Public Policy Challenge
As the US population ages, the number of people with dementia keeps rising. It’s a problem from hell and a huge social challenge.

Sadly it is only about the wider problem, not the current and immediate one.

20 thoughts on “Quite the discussion that needs to be had”

  1. In the good old days, anyone who couldn’t keep up was left for the dingos/wolves/hyenas etc. If they liked you they’d bash your head in first.

    Sounds like it might work for Biden!!

  2. It’s not true that Biden’s audience with the Pope lasted longer than the scheduled time because old Jo crapped his pants. It was more like a wet fart.

  3. @dearieme
    He didn’t steal the election. The Dems machine did. He is just a pliant old coot who does what they say. “I can’t take any questions because I’ll get in trouble.”

  4. When Irish eyes are drooping,
    Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring

    When Irish eyes are closing,
    Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring

    And when Irish eyes are sleeping
    Sure, they steal your heart away

  5. Long, as you are a bit of novelisist, what do you think of my idea for an evil little story (hopefully followed by a big Hollywood movie deal, then serialisation on the telly)?

    To deal with the dementia problem we simply need to reduce the number of people getting to the age where they get dementia. In my book (a real flight of fancy I know)evil forces could come up with some deadly new disease (but not that deadly, say <1% IFR), but convince people no one has natural immunity from it and it is REALLY, REALLY bad and the only way to protect yourself was with a government approved 'vaccine'.
    The evil bit is that the 'vaccine' is really an experimental, untested, immuno-suppressant gene therapy, so diseases people will have survived before, will now do them in. Before they get old enough to get dementia…..

    What do you think? Too far fetched?

  6. Aaargh Adolff. I’m looking at my white, white hair in the mirror and I’m terrified.

    But I don’t know why. Is it dementia?

  7. Bogan, at least you have some hair……

    A friend’s mum had dementia. One day he heard her shouting “get out of my kitchen”. My mate went out and found her with a kitchen knife in her hand, looking at her own reflection in the mirror…..

    And it may have been early onset dementia on my part….. I thought I was over at Longriders…….

  8. The rate of dementia is falling.

    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2587084?casa_token=tUy0Zfytf3gAAAAA:8w_q_yKwQJ5xEyEOUQkg3pdGZzXEiUQ_57KNflhijdX0zbYwqQy6YSP5MvWTNMBCLNp2TDCQ1G8

    Question Has the prevalence of dementia among older adults in the United States changed between 2000 and 2012?

    Findings In this observational cohort study of more than 21 000 US adults 65 years or older from the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study, dementia prevalence declined significantly, from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012.

    Meaning Population brain health seemed to improve between 2000 and 2012; increasing educational attainment and better control of cardiovascular risk factors may have contributed to the improvement, but the full set of social, behavioral, and medical factors contributing to the improvement is still uncertain.

  9. “Meaning Population brain health seemed to improve between 2000 and 2012; increasing educational attainment and better control of cardiovascular risk factors may have contributed to the improvement, but the full set of social, behavioral, and medical factors contributing to the improvement is still uncertain.”

    One factor may be the removal of lead from petrol.

  10. John Tee, I remember seeing a documentary 30-40 years ago about the marked decline in childrens mental health in one US city.
    The Worlds Fair had been held there (cannot remember which city – in the south I think) in the 1910’s / ’20’s and after the fair ended, people moved into some of the buildings.

    The study linked the decline to lead in the paint used on the buildings. The children had been eating it.

  11. Tractor – “I read something a couple of years ago suggesting the decline increase in violent crime over recent decades is due to taking lead out of petrol allowing hordes of third world animals into the country. TFTFY.

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