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Old 07-18-2019, 04:10 PM
 
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I didn't know where to put this so I thought this might be a good place.

Recently I have noticed a substantial uptick in a dangerous and scary mental health disorder that I just made up. I call it Dementia Derangement Syndrome.

Symptoms include

- being from 45 to 57 years old.
- being female.
- being single or without children.
- stunning ignorance of what dementia is really like.
- believing that anyone over the age of 66 has "dementia".
- believing that anything said person does, is evidence of "dementia"
- taking action which is utterly uncalled for but "because that person *may* have dementia" it is necessary.
- worrying far too much about every action or inaction of anyone over the age of 65.
- bootstrapping dementia day one with dementia 10 years on.
- somehow wanting to make the non existent dementia problem all about them. Anyone around them knows they need to express sympathy.

You might think I am retired or have a kid but I am not. I am just beyond tired of DDS taking over all the women I know in my age group.

One of my friends succumbed to this and we had to part ways. She became convinced her father had dementia and she angered him with her fawning and he rebelled and this convinced her he was a dire case and on and on it went. I truly feel for him.

Now I have a neighbor who has become convinced that another neighbor has it and she called the cops for a wellness check. In my view there is nothing wrong with the other neighbor. But I know better than to tell my DDS friend of this fact.

If there only was some way to harness needless worry and use it for energy or something.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:14 PM
 
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I know right. God forbid you tell someone you forgot something or misplaced something these days.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:20 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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When I started reading your list of "symptoms" I thought this was going to be about menopause.
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Old 07-18-2019, 04:21 PM
 
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When I started reading your list of "symptoms" I thought this was going to be about menopause.
It is just that I find once they start getting close to 65 suddenly they aren't so concerned about dementia anymore.
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I know right. God forbid you tell someone you forgot something or misplaced something these days.
Dementia is not about forgetting where you left the car keys. Thatís normal at any age. Forgetting what car keys are for is a sign of dementia. Professionals know the difference
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:50 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Dementia is not about forgetting where you left the car keys. That’s normal at any age. Forgetting what car keys are for is a sign of dementia. Professionals know the difference
While you are correct that's not the point the OP is making. Rather, it's that there is a cohort of people who see someone misplacing their keys as a symptom of dementia.

Much like high school students accusing teachers on hall duty of being creepers and/or stalkers. And yes, that's happening. And every time that accusation is made it has to be investigated.
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:13 PM
 
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I don't watch much TV but I assume there must be a lot of medical infomercials talking about Dementia now ?
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:17 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I don't watch much TV but I assume there must be a lot of medical infomercials talking about Dementia now ?
Not really. Mostly diabetes, stroke and heart attacks with a bit of erectile dysfunction thrown in. And final expenses insurance.

Alex Trebek will tell you about the 3 Ps of that insurance (Hint: all the Ps are Price).
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Old 07-18-2019, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Alex Trebek and what he is going through is why I watch Jeopardy. Had no interest in the show four months ago
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:17 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I don't watch much TV but I assume there must be a lot of medical infomercials talking about Dementia now ?
Itís Peyronies disease in our neck of the wood until we cut cable.
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