Skip to comments.‘Boomer dementia' alarming
Posted on 11/01/2010 10:18:41 AM PDT by Racehorse
As a top adviser in a multinational financial services company, Susan Grant 59, was used to effortlessly juggling numbers, client details and other complex information in her head. So when she found her thoughts so muddled she couldn't remember if she needed to take the interstate north or south to drive home, she knew something was wrong.
I'd find myself talking to clients and unable to think of a word, she recalled. So I'd stop in the middle of a sentence and then I couldn't remember the sentence itself.
A series of medical tests resulted in six diagnoses everything from Alzheimer's to drug overuse before her condition was finally identified: frontotemporal disease, or FTD.
FTD is a term used to describe several little-known disorders that progressively damage the parts of the brain that are in charge of personality, decision-making and language. Also known as frontotemporal lobar degeneration or Pick's disease, FTD often is confused with and misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. Yet while Alzheimer's destroys memory, FTD changes behavior. An easygoing person becomes aggressive. Someone fun-loving and outgoing is suddenly passive and withdrawn.
But the most alarming difference between Alzheimer's and FTD is the age at which it strikes. While Alzheimer's is primarily a disease of the aged, FTD tends to occur between ages 40 and 65 hence the nickname baby boomer dementia. It can affect people as young as their 20s.
It hits in the prime of life, said Sarah Oxford, executive director of the San Antonio-based Frontotemporal Disease Association. Most FTD patients are in their most productive years. They're mid-career, with families, young children. The effects can be devastating.
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Obama’s Death Panels will cure this real quick! Bend over and kiss your rear goodbye.
All that dope from the 60’s and 70’s finally catches up with you............
Dope smoking and STDs in baby boomers. They are too FU’ed.
They needed to put down the bong sooner. All that “free” love wasn’t so damn free.
Oh well. Life stinks - you get old, you get sick and under Obamacare - you die.
I thought it was called “CRS”.
(Can’t Remember Stuff)
Onanism. You can do it until you just need glasses, but eventually it’s going to catch up to you.
What were we posting about?
I had the same thought. One of my classmates, a heavy user, just sits on his mothers front porch and has for years.
Oh NOOOOOOOOOOSE, they have found a disease for BB’rs.
Bend over (if you can) put your head between your knees(ignore the dizziness) and KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE.
What dope. Never did dope, never will, and yet I have the same problem trying to respond to some of whatever it is we are doing here.
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What kind of dope are we talking about?
Weed, crack, or meth?
You got part of it right! Can’t remember Sh*t!!!!
RE: I’d find myself talking to clients and unable to think of a word, she recalled. So I’d stop in the middle of a sentence and then I couldn’t remember the sentence itself.
“Cool - now I have an excuse. Will I get special disability or minority satus now?”
Sounds like me! And quite a few of my peers in fifties/sixties! And no history of ‘drug’ abuse unless you count the usual junk docs prescribe for everything that ails us.
One friend, now in late sixties, has done the ‘forgot the word’ or topic thing since his forties so frankly I’m not that worried about him vis-a-vis Alzheimers. He doesn’t get worse, stays pretty much the same.
I think we should get some ‘minority status,’ for sure!
I don’t care if you plead FTD, I still won’t forgive you for voting for Obama.
You may be exactly right - it's known that the first place affected in the brain of smokers is the frontal lobe - the part of the brain that makes decisions re right or wrong.
Certainly, pot heads display this symptom...and, supposedly, the damage is irreversible - so would it not be plausible that there is a connection?
Has there been a study to determine the percentage of these victims that were into drugs when young? (Or would that be politically incorrect?)
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