A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend a seminar about elderly care. The topic that was most beneficial to me was the one on Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I cannot even express the shock I felt when I learned that Dementia is the worst of the two diagnosis.
Any time people hear the term Alzheimers, they cringe; me included. But when the experts spoke on the fact that Alzheimers is just one form of Dementia, you could have knocked me over with a feather!
I further learned that there are varying degrees of Dementia and one of the more recent discoveries is that sports injuries are causing one of the worst types of the disease. Since sports have increased in popularity over the centuries, the people that previously played contact sports and are now entering their twilight years are finding out that proper helmets should have been a necessity as opposed to a liberty when they played.
Thank goodness that this discovery was made, but for the hundreds or thousands of men and women that previously played soccer, football, hockey and lacrosse and were concussed more often than not, this is not good news. Hopefully medical research can find out how to rewire the brain so as to slow down or stop the effects that a previous lifetime afforded these individuals. Because With Age Comes Respect, don’t we owe the time and research dollars to give these individuals some relief – when they need it most?