The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has reported that researchers are still stumped when it comes to understanding the underlying disease process involved in the various forms of Dementia. So far there are various theories that many scientists believe to be based around certain mechanisms in the body. However, they also believe that much more research needs to be conducted in order to completely understand how the particular mechanisms contribute to the development of the various forms of Dementia.
As I have stated in the past, we know that Dementia tends to worsen; we see more symptoms, as we age. What I have not stated before was the statistic from NINDS. They believe that as many as one-half of all people age 85 or older could potentially have some form of Dementia!
What needs to be made clear is that Dementia is not in any way, shape or form a normal part of aging. That has been determined when people who live well into their 90s or beyond do not show the first sign of any type of Dementia.
It is really good to know this if you are in the elderly caretaking business. No one caretaker should ever assume that just because an elderly individual is forgetful, it does not necessarily mean that they have Dementia just that they are getting older. Tomorrow I will go over more basics so that we gain perspective in another form, from other experts in this field of study. For now though, all we can do is show time and again that With Age Comes Respect.