Dementia

Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 22:37 | Posted in health, Personal | 3 Comments
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Carol Thatcher describes how she detected that her mother, former British PM Margaret Thatcher has a dementia. I have a very personal reason to express my sympathy to Ms Thatcher: my mother, who is just three years younger than Margaret Thatcher, had similar symptoms approximately at the same time and was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s decease is the most common reason for dementia.

As a comfort to Carol Thatcher, as well as for myself, I can say that while watching our beloved ones suffer dementia is a very painful experience, the patients themselves tend to feel happy about their general condition. Although it will not help Mrs. Thatcher or my mother, I hope that stem cell research and other medical research are eventually going to discover a cure for dementia. Taking in consideration that a large part of the World’s population is aging rapidly, a breakthrough would bring releaf for billions of people allover the World.

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  1. How did she notice at first? I’ve always been curious about that after seeing the previous major of one of our cities acting like a five year old child.

  2. According to the BBC story it started with seemingly innocent flaws, such as mixing Falklands and Bosnia. It then developed into typical shortcomings in the short term memory:

    “Whereas previously you would never have had to say anything to her twice, because she’d already filed it away in her formidable memory bank, Mum started asking the same questions over and over again, unaware she was doing so.

    “It might be something innocuous – such as ‘What time is my car coming?’ or ‘When am I going to the hairdresser?’ – but the fact she needed to repeat them opened a new and frightening chapter in our lives.”

    A politician acting like a child does not necessarily count for dementia as many politicians tend to think that their voters are a bunch of children which is why they act accordingly. 🙂

  3. This made my da! 😀


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