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Old 09-21-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Does this news scare anyone else?

I am always telling my mom to work out and read more often. My grandmother (maternal grandmother) suffers from Alzheimer's and it scares me to death that my mom or I will get it.

CBS News reported that the costs are estimated to be around 2 trillion as more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia and that's just Medicaid and Medicare spending. So much for health care reform...
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Old 09-21-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Yes, its scary. My father apparently is in stage 1 now and taking aricept. I'm quite suspect of statins used to lower cholesterol and wonder how they fit in with those now suffering with alzheimers.
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Old 09-22-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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Alzheimer's and dementia have been associated with statin drugs.. The dementia was one of the problems I suffered from while on it myself. So as more and more people take these drugs, those things will be rising.
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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I am thankful that it does not run in my family (if that is the case) but one of the reasons I make sure I eat organically only or detox 1x a year is for fear of that being an issue. It seems like it would be such and intense thing to go through for the person. I also hope to continue to go to school for something different every few years whenever I hit that "working man brain fuzz." I think not exercising the brain to learn different things beyond what you think on a regular basis has something to do with it too.
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Mayberry
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I'm not sure not working your brain has anything to do with it. After working in an Alz unit there were professionals, attorneys, teachers and doctors, a very young one to be exact. We called him Dr. Bill!

Yesterday a long time friend of my Dad's died of Alz. His son called to tell my Dad. He was very active, a machinist, moved to the country in Oregon, but had been suffering for many years with this disease.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I'm not sure not working your brain has anything to do with it. After working in an Alz unit there were professionals, attorneys, teachers and doctors, a very young one to be exact. We called him Dr. Bill!

Yesterday a long time friend of my Dad's died of Alz. His son called to tell my Dad. He was very active, a machinist, moved to the country in Oregon, but had been suffering for many years with this disease.
Well that's not very encouraging.
I planned on going back to school around 50-55.
I'm 19 now and plan on getting a master's degree.
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Old 09-22-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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I'm not sure not working your brain has anything to do with it. After working in an Alz unit there were professionals, attorneys, teachers and doctors, a very young one to be exact. We called him Dr. Bill!

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But its the same work. What I mean is doing something different than you use your brain for daily like learning to play music etc. Not to say there is not multiple reasons for having this issue. But I think about how infants are stimulated by all the different new stuff they see and have to process. A doctor keeps processing the same stuff again and again. I think exercise does help too as it boosts blood flow to that area cleaning it out and repairing. The jobs the pro-brains have are not very demanding on the body other than foot strain.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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But its the same work. What I mean is doing something different than you use your brain for daily like learning to play music etc. Not to say there is not multiple reasons for having this issue. But I think about how infants are stimulated by all the different new stuff they see and have to process. A doctor keeps processing the same stuff again and again. I think exercise does help too as it boosts blood flow to that area cleaning it out and repairing. The jobs the pro-brains have are not very demanding on the body other than foot strain.
Hmmm.....
I definitely want to learn how to play the piano and the violin when I'm older. I have so much going on right now, learning an instrument just isn't feasible.
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: chicagoland
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Alzheimer's and dementia have been associated with statin drugs.. The dementia was one of the problems I suffered from while on it myself. So as more and more people take these drugs, those things will be rising.

Yes yes they have!

It has also been associated with ALUMINUM!

Vaccines and canned goods have aluminum along with underarm deoderant. All contain highER amounts of aluminum

Not proven YET

FHA - Intranuclear aluminum content in Alzheimer's disease, dialysis encephalopathy, and experimental aluminum encephalopathy - Article Summary

Aluminium and Alzheimer's disease - Alzheimer's Society

Those who eat fish (omega 3) are less likely to fall victim to alzheimers and dimentia.

Fish, meat, and risk of dementia: cohort study -- Barberger-Gateau et al. 325 (7370): 932 -- BMJ we have to keep those brains healthy and full of fat!!!!
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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CBS News reported that the costs are estimated to be around 2 trillion as more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia and that's just Medicaid and Medicare spending. So much for health care reform...
Exactly. America cannot afford Alzheimer's. So it won't. Drugs will help reduce the workload temporarily by slowing the disease's progression, but inevitably the burden for caring for loved ones in the later stages will fall on family members' shoulders as the gov't little by little washes it hands of any responsibility for payment of costs. Gotta reserve that money for the big guys' bailouts, you know!
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