Dementia Not Normal Part of Aging

In caregiving, Health on October 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm

While we all are a little more forgetful as we age dementia is not a normal part of aging. Look at all of the people you know that lived well into their 90’s and even 100’s. Most were frail but still sharp, still having most or all of their faculties. For the past several decades we have gotten used to the notion that dementia comes with the territory as we get older. We are now realizing (coming to terms with) the fact that loosing precious brain function is not a normal part of aging. Scientists admit the condition, which most often plays itself out in the form of Alzheimer’s, is an abnormal neurological condition that is likely caused by a combination of factors, including but not limited to things like fluoride in the water, artificial chemicals in food and mercury and aluminum in a multitude of things (deodorant, filings, etc.).

Experts are now looking at the real possibility that many forms of dementia may be preventable. A lot more research and money is needed in order to figure out exactly how we can resolve this dilemma. Many studies have already linked environmental and other contaminants as contributors. Aluminum for instance, is a known neurotoxin and studies have identified the presence of aluminum in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s. Toxic fluoride is also linked to Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

I am not a physician or scientist but we have to ask ourselves “what has been different in our lives over the past few decades that has caused such an increase in the number of individuals diagnosied with dementias?” It only makes sense to look at how our lives have changed be it the environment or the products and food we eat.

We would love to hear from you, your comments are appreciated.

  1. I often wonder why there is not a more ‘common sense’ approach to diagnosis, not only with dementia but with other senior health related issues as well. As caregivers, we are the ones who are with our family members or clients the most. Our interactions give us a keen understanding of what is transpiring with those who we care for. It is an honor to be a caregiver and in that role, we should take every opportunity to ‘educate’ those who make the diagnosis because often times there is not a clinical explanation for what happens to the human body.

  2. You are so right! We are trying to get the word out to all we come in contact with. Education is key, but so is opportunity. I find persons in positions of help are hesitant to go against the grain. We definately need a more “common sense” approach! Thanks for the feedback.

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