I was listening to a radio show yesterday that one of our Mp members was on, Mara Maitlin Botonis. Mara has an excellent book out called, "When Caring Takes Courage". It can be found on Amazon, and other online book stores.
One of the callers to the show brought up a very interesting topic, one that I had heard of and I was wondering your take on it.
Seems there was a study done, and it showed that Alzheimer's Disease is on the decline in the United States.
That was the headline. "Alzheimer's on decline in the United States." They use headlines like this to get your attention.
In my opinion, this is all to do about nothing. And I have facts to back this up. Since my official diagnosis, I have made it my life's mission to learn all I could about dementia.
Little did I know back then, what I indeed would learn the the most about it, was by experiencing the disease. All too often as in this article you will find opinions.
And opinions are fine, the problem is some take these opinions to be gospel. They are not. Fact is, they are at best, opinion.
They, the researchers and such have just started compiling statistics in the last thirty or forty years. Dementia has been dated back to the 1800's and it was officially discovered until 1906.
So, in my calculations what statistics these people do have are skewed, at best. Not until recent years did they even put dementia as a cause of death on anyone's death certificate.
And most of all, there is no way that the figures these organizations spew out can be close to correct. Can you imagine how many have died from dementia who were never diagnosed? Never even seen a doctor?
So when someone comes out with a study, I have to look back and see what studies were done in the past, only to see how ridiculous this recent claim that Alzheimer's is declining in the United States.
First of all the only way a diagnosis can be 100% accurate is from an autopsy of the brain. I would venture to say only a very small percentage of those who have died with dementia symptoms have had this done.
A very small percentage. Now there are claims that you can find that even an autopsy of the brain isn't conclusive. So, who do you believe?
Here's the fact, if you want to believe that Alzheimer's is on the decline in the United States, do that. But, there is no evidence of that. Like I alluded to, every study that has been done is never going to be correct, simply because no one has a legitimate core number to base any study on.
In other words, those who claim this cannot prove it. What may very well be going on here is an attempt to quash the soon to be discovered out rage that will happen when people wake up and realize that the our Gov't has put this whole dementia thing on the back burner for decades.
They have done little to nothing to aid in the research that needs to be done. When any President allocates monies for dementia studies everyone gets all excited and thinks for what ever reason that because he allocates millions in the budget, that this indeed happens.
It doesn't. Allocating means, asking in a sense. The President cannot tell Congress how much and what to spend money on. And it is indeed Congress who writes the checks, not the President.
So...my thinking is if anything this could be the start of some campaign to make it appear as if what has been done for Alzheimer research, has indeed made a difference.
It hasn't. It will. But it hasn't. Anyone who tells you this is either uninformed to just telling you what they think you want to hear.
So, if you read about Alzheimer's being in decline, or you see in on a national news story, don't just think cause its news, it is indeed what is happening.
Common sense tells you that even if, and that is a very big it, but even if Alzheimer's was on the decline, there will never be the facts to determine it for decades.
And out of the blue we hear that it is indeed on the decline? Food for thought is all this is.
Makes for good debate, no matter which side of the discussion you are on. Makes you think, and thinking is never a bad thing...