Dementia is definitely one of the diseases of the day. If not the disease of the day. This is not so much dementia week, as the dementia era.
It is an illness which nobody really understands and for which there is no known cure. Nobody wants to talk about it. It is the elephant in the room in the heads of many older people as they get older. Out of sight but in the mind.
Forget something, forget anything and you have taken a first step down a very slippery slope. You will probably diagnose yourself long before anyone else. Although almost everyone else suspects, once you have passed the age of sixty. Memory lapses that would have gone unnoticed in earlier years, now are evidence of your imminent decline.
Except, they may not be and the world may be writing you off too soon.
There is a lot of confusion about confusion. I have been writing about dementia ever since I started this blog. (You can see all my earlier posts on this subject by clicking on Dementia in the Topics list.)
Now for the good news for forgetful older people. Headlines on the front page of The Times on Tuesday4th July 2017 :-
“Forget about memory lapses: they’re good for your brain”
This is a report about research at the University of Toronto, about neuronal transience. With a name like that it is little wonder that so many people haven’t heard of it. Still it is very important. Apparently, and I quote from the report ” We think an important part of being intelligent is about forgetting the details of past experience”
That explains everything, I am not going nuts at all, I am just super- intelligent, along with lots of other older people 😀