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‘Boomer dementia' alarming
San Antonio Express News ^ | 1 Nov. 2010 | Richard A. Marini

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 Someone fun-loving and outgoing is suddenly passive and withdrawn.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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1 posted on 11/01/2010 10:18:48 AM PDT by Racehorse
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To: Racehorse

Obama’s Death Panels will cure this real quick! Bend over and kiss your rear goodbye.


2 posted on 11/01/2010 10:20:04 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Racehorse

All that dope from the 60’s and 70’s finally catches up with you............


3 posted on 11/01/2010 10:21:17 AM PDT by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: Racehorse

“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?
4 posted on 11/01/2010 10:21:44 AM PDT by bagadonutz
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To: Racehorse

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.


5 posted on 11/01/2010 10:23:58 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Racehorse

I thought it was called “CRS”.

(Can’t Remember Stuff)


6 posted on 11/01/2010 10:24:09 AM PDT by Califreak (November 2008 proved that Idiocracy isn't just a movie anymore)
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To: Racehorse

Onanism. You can do it until you just need glasses, but eventually it’s going to catch up to you.


7 posted on 11/01/2010 10:24:18 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Racehorse

What were we posting about?


8 posted on 11/01/2010 10:26:17 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (If Obama was the answer---that must have been one stupid question!)
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To: Red Badger
Hope Not;)

Mike

9 posted on 11/01/2010 10:26:39 AM PDT by MichaelP (Put a Stake in the RATS hearts November 2nd)
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To: Red Badger

I had the same thought. One of my classmates, a heavy user, just sits on his mothers front porch and has for years.


10 posted on 11/01/2010 10:30:00 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Racehorse

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.


11 posted on 11/01/2010 10:30:28 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Red Badger

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.


12 posted on 11/01/2010 10:31:34 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Racehorse

Candidate for obamacare death panels

Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs

Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research Membership
Recovery Act Allocates $1.1 Billion for Comparative Effectiveness Research

http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/programs/os/cerbios.html

OBAMACARE’S LETHAL THIRD RAIL SHOCK TO COME

http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/Opinion_Editorial/OBAMACARES_LETHAL_THIRD_RAIL_SHOCK_TO_COME/27933

Dr. David Janda explains rationing and why

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HnkxIh62dQ&NR=1

Obamacare Endgame: Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First
by Dr. Elaina George

http://biggovernment.com/egeorge/2010/10/30/obamacare-endgame-doctors-will-be-fined-or-jailed-if-they-put-patients-first/


13 posted on 11/01/2010 10:32:10 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: Frantzie

What kind of dope are we talking about?

Weed, crack, or meth?


14 posted on 11/01/2010 10:33:19 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: Califreak

You got part of it right! Can’t remember Sh*t!!!!


15 posted on 11/01/2010 10:33:42 AM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: bagadonutz

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.”

...and...

“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!


16 posted on 11/01/2010 10:34:08 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Racehorse
I thought the article was going to be about a certain Obama voter demographic.
17 posted on 11/01/2010 10:35:19 AM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Racehorse

I don’t care if you plead FTD, I still won’t forgive you for voting for Obama.


18 posted on 11/01/2010 10:35:26 AM PDT by HearMe
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To: Califreak

LOL!


19 posted on 11/01/2010 10:37:00 AM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Red Badger
All that dope from the 60’s and 70’s finally catches up with you............

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?)

20 posted on 11/01/2010 10:38:42 AM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: Racehorse

I was going to reply to this... but I forgot what I was going to say :P


21 posted on 11/01/2010 10:39:56 AM PDT by justsaynomore (We've got some altering and abolishing to do! - Herman Cain)
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To: tallyhoe

I knew what it was. I just didn’t want to post it.


22 posted on 11/01/2010 10:40:37 AM PDT by Califreak (November 2008 proved that Idiocracy isn't just a movie anymore)
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To: MichaelP

Hope Not, too ;^)

Mike


24 posted on 11/01/2010 10:42:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: Racehorse

Only happens to me when black helicopters are in the area.


25 posted on 11/01/2010 10:43:50 AM PDT by Rippin
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To: maine-iac7

................uh..........what?.............


26 posted on 11/01/2010 10:43:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS; Red Badger
I had the same thought. One of my classmates, a heavy user, just sits on his mothers front porch and has for years.

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.

27 posted on 11/01/2010 10:44:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Karl Rove: The Republican Jimmy Carter.)
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To: Racehorse

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?


28 posted on 11/01/2010 10:45:02 AM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Racehorse

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.


29 posted on 11/01/2010 10:48:44 AM PDT by Yaelle (The tide is very, very low. Looks like a TEA-nami is approaching.)
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To: Racehorse

30 posted on 11/01/2010 10:49:59 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (11/02/10 - What will tomorrow bring? The resurgence of freedom or the dearth of tyranny?)
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To: Lazamataz
Don't think drugs turns the smart, stupid. I think the stupid started there.

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)

31 posted on 11/01/2010 10:51:28 AM PDT by 08bil98z24 (Say NO to the WOD ------>>> NObama ------>>> Equal Opportunity Politician Basher)
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To: Califreak
I thought it was called “CRS”.

LOL, I was going to post the same thing. :-)

32 posted on 11/01/2010 10:51:45 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Lazamataz

“I got clean and sober,”

Way to go, Laz. This site wouldn’t be as entertaining sometimes if you weren’t here.


33 posted on 11/01/2010 10:53:15 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: tallyhoe; Califreak
You got part of it right! Can’t remember Sh*t!!!!

His was the polite version. I can use that at work without anyone freaking out.

34 posted on 11/01/2010 10:53:22 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: Racehorse
‘Boomer dementia' alarming

Wasn't that what Billy Sims had when Sam Bradford won the Heisman?

35 posted on 11/01/2010 10:56:04 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: Califreak

I used to say that at work just how I wrote it!


36 posted on 11/01/2010 10:56:30 AM PDT by tallyhoe
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To: Racehorse

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...


37 posted on 11/01/2010 10:56:44 AM PDT by mplsconservative (I stand with Israel.)
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To: bagadonutz

I’m 54, and I call these symptoms “sometimers”.


38 posted on 11/01/2010 10:57:18 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: Yaelle

I’ve also heard that there is some early research on the statin drugs that have been pushed on baby boomers causing this.


39 posted on 11/01/2010 10:58:37 AM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: Yaelle
I would suspect pot as well.

They don't know what causes Pick's Disease.

40 posted on 11/01/2010 10:58:54 AM PDT by Fury
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To: Racehorse

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$$


41 posted on 11/01/2010 11:01:30 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Racehorse

So this is why we are throwing out the democrats.

We are demented.

I thought FTD had to do with flower delivery!


42 posted on 11/01/2010 11:02:39 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Racehorse

It turns out the 60s weren't anywhere near as good to a lot of people as they thought at the time.

43 posted on 11/01/2010 11:04:27 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: Racehorse

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.


44 posted on 11/01/2010 11:04:45 AM PDT by Monkey Face (If everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.)
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To: mplsconservative
I wonder who put “teaparty” in the keywords

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.

45 posted on 11/01/2010 11:06:59 AM PDT by Racehorse (Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.)
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To: Racehorse

Well, you can’t say they weren’t warned...the emcee at Woodstock warned “don’t take the brown acid, man”.


46 posted on 11/01/2010 11:07:41 AM PDT by mquinn (Obama's supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise)
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To: Lazamataz
You lucked out.

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.

47 posted on 11/01/2010 11:08:16 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: Racehorse

This describes just about everyone I know (including myself).


48 posted on 11/01/2010 11:09:39 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Lazamataz
I think the stupid started there.

...and got stuck on stupid............The human mind is a mirror of the mind of God..............

49 posted on 11/01/2010 11:10:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE MEGHAN MCCAIN A BOX OF KRISPY KREMES SO SHE'LL SHUT THE HELL UP?!)
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To: Yaelle
I wish anyone would inform kids of this fact.

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?)

50 posted on 11/01/2010 11:11:54 AM PDT by 08bil98z24 (Say NO to the WOD ------>>> NObama ------>>> Equal Opportunity Politician Basher)
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