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 Someone fun-loving and outgoing is suddenly passive and withdrawn.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?)
I was going to reply to this... but I forgot what I was going to say :P
I knew what it was. I just didn’t want to post it.
Hope Not, too ;^)
Only happens to me when black helicopters are in the area.
Yet I was high on pot from 15 to 26, with lots of LSD in there too. Then at 26 I discovered cocaine, went from snorting to smoking, then finally went to crack.
I got clean and sober, and have an amazing skill with web development under .NET 4.0 with SQL back end. I'm tops in my field, quite versatile with it, and work for a very major concern on very high profile stuff.
Don't think drugs turns the smart, stupid. I think the stupid started there.
It’s all a ploy. She figures if she can pull Lucia away from Mel she can hurt him and get her cash quicker...she now’s that Mel is close to his own kids and of course would be close to Lucia, so she is trying her best to use it against him... . Oh. Uh. Where was I? Where am I?
I would suspect pot as well. The way it remains in fat cells for weeks; if the person was even only an occasional smoker, it was always in her brain. Plus you are smoking everything that was in the pot, including herbicides, which are also quite dangerous smoked right into the bloodstream. I wish anyone would inform kids of this fact.
Also, it’s the first generation to have grown up on frankenfoods. McDonald’s, packaged crap, everything in aluminum. Fake flavors, fake colors. Think about all the neurotoxins.
I grew up with a lot of that crap too. Scary.
Everyone that has intelligent independent thought knows that, unfortunately, many over the years have bought into the governments kool-aid and continue to spout ignorant statements.
Ignorance is all around, and it has no boundaries (especially across the political spectrum)
LOL, I was going to post the same thing. :-)
“I got clean and sober,”
Way to go, Laz. This site wouldn’t be as entertaining sometimes if you weren’t here.
His was the polite version. I can use that at work without anyone freaking out.
Wasn't that what Billy Sims had when Sam Bradford won the Heisman?
I used to say that at work just how I wrote it!
I wonder who put “teaparty” in the keywords. Is someone trying to imply that the tea party is populated by a bunch of demented people? Hmmmmmm...
I’m 54, and I call these symptoms “sometimers”.
I’ve also heard that there is some early research on the statin drugs that have been pushed on baby boomers causing this.
They don't know what causes Pick's Disease.
An old chestnut:
THE GOLDEN YEARS HAVE COME AT LAST,
I CANNOT SEE, I CANNOT PEE
I CANNOT CHEW, I CANNOT SCREW
MY MEMORY SHRINKS, MY HEARING STINKS,
NO SENSE OF SMELL, I LOOK LIKE HELL,
MY BODY’S DROOPING, GOT TROUBLE POOPING.
THE GOLDEN YEARS HAVE COME AT LAST,
THE GOLDEN YEARS CAN KISS MY A$$
So this is why we are throwing out the democrats.
We are demented.
I thought FTD had to do with flower delivery!
It turns out the 60s weren't anywhere near as good to a lot of people as they thought at the time.
It sounds like part of the CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) that forced me to quit my job in the late ‘90’s.
It’s scary. But not terminal, and can partially be reversed or controlled by the right stimulus. I’ll never be able to work again, and the symptoms are only apparant (to other people) during a relapse, but one can learn to live around it.
Seldom can one definitively answer a question. I placed 'teaparty' as one of my keywords while publishing the excerpt.
Is someone trying to imply that the tea party is populated by a bunch of demented people? Hmmmmmm...
Certainly not me. But others in other parties and other political camps try to do so routinely. Even some freepers will jump on this to show how Boomers are an unnecessary burden.
Well, you can’t say they weren’t warned...the emcee at Woodstock warned “don’t take the brown acid, man”.
I have seen the smart change in a very short order of time.
Although the most egregious example was an accomplished hacker before his acid incident, and at least now he isn't competent enough to rip people off financially without getting caught - so maybe it is an improvement.
This describes just about everyone I know (including myself).
...and got stuck on stupid............The human mind is a mirror of the mind of God..............
If you believe smoking pot is dangerous to people, than how do you feel about crossing a busy street or getting in your car and driving to the store? Both of those activities are more dangerous than smoking pot.
I understand we can not be trusted to know whats best for us (wait ... isn't that what the liberals and big government are all about?)