Personally I work with disabled seniors, most of whom have dementia and it’s just an awful, cruel disease that robs a person of their independence and dignity.
Generally people not familiar with dementia only think of the memory issues associated with the disease, but it is so much more than that. Everyone’s degree of symptoms is different but eventually most lose their ability to reason, think and remember even the most simple things. For example, how to care for themselves, personal hygiene, how to dress, how to use money, how to read and write, how to drive, who their family members are, how to get out of bed without falling, etc. They lose all concept of time/date, forget how to sit/stand/walk, forget how to eat, lose the ability to speak, lose the ability to comprehend speech and interact, forget that they are in familiar surroundings even if they are in the home they’ve lived in all their life, etc.
Remember the stories about the deaths from eating TidePods? Most of the people who died were seniors with dementia. They will often forget what is edible and what is not and it’s a real tragedy. Most die of complications from falls, being underweight, infections from being bedbound and pneumonia caused by aspiration of foods & beverages because their brain can no longer coordinate swallowing properly.
Dementia kills more people every year than breast cancer & prostate cancer.
And there is no cure.
This was as a Swedish study done on middle aged women.
Any chance to stave off this terrible disease is definitely worth trying!
Were you aware of this study? Would it be enough to change your exercise routines or lack there of? Is the study flawed or not worth much consideration? Thoughts/opinions?