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    It's time to allow humans a method to exit from their life gracefully, if they want to. Can't we at least have a discussion about this?

    Just watched my dad deteriorating with this disease until he finally died. I do not want to go through that - I want the choice to go when I am ready.
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    Take care of your mind and body when you're young...minimal drinking, say no to
    drugs, eat healthy, exercise, socialize 'in person', not' facebook friends', have hobbies you enjoy...and help others, volunteer to mentor kids or adults w/ reading,
    visit the aged, help out in animal shelters, etc. Think young and appreciate each day!
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    The obesity crisis in this country definitely isn't going to help things. I agree with the staying active part. Hopefully we can find out what causes such a horrible debilitating disease. I have a neighbor that has a parent suffering from Alzheimer's. It's not pretty, the stories he tells me. If only we could unshackle the private sector to tackle such an issue...
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    Much better post. Alzheimer's is an awful disease especially for the families. It's hard on the patients most in the early stages when the frustration of not being able to remember things gets worse and worse then the horror shifts to the families as there loved one slips in and out of rationality. I've seen this disease up close in loved ones and wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
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    Just to be clear, the private sector is working its ass off on Alzheimer's. The problem is the disease seems to work at the molecular level and we can't claim to understand brain function in that detail.
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    Sex is a great deterrent too!!! OK..... well maybe not but it's kinda like riding a bike. Once you do it, it's hard to forget how. Just sayin......
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    My MIL died of Alzheimer's, which was confirmed by autopsy, still the only way to truly diagnose the disease
    My wife was DX'd with Alzheimer's in O7. if you perceive the disease as merely forgetting things, come spend a day with an Alzheimer's victim, I could use a break from caregiving 24x7 x52,for a late stage 6, 67 yr old, now devoid of all expressive and receptive cognitive ability... over diagnosing, old people forget?You know not of what you speak flaunting one's ignorance isn't flattering
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    That's true to a point. However, I've worked with people who were very successful
    and had careers such as nurses, teachers, and scientists and once they start to
    develope alzheimer's, it goes from being forgetful, to not knowing where your room
    is, total confusion, getting lost driving around the block..walking in circles and calling for their mommy. Losing control of their most basic functions and finally 'forgetting'
    to swallow food. Usually at that point, death is not far off. It's is a sad, horrible disease, and I don't think it's over diagnosed. In fact, early diagnosis is good because treatment can be started sooner.(:
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    Well no wonder considering how people are guzzling down fluoride in tap water, and eating it in processed foods, falling for those pills the dentist hands out like candy....fluoride rolls out the red carpet for aluminum to get in your brain......
    I was raised on well water and the only cavity I ever had was due to an ingrown wisdom tooth. Diet makes your teeth strong, not toxic waste produced from smelting aluminumn.

    I got a fluoride filter a while back after living at a place with town water...even though you cannot undo the damage fluoride causes, you can minimize it.
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    HMMMM....stange math here. "baby boomers" years born are 1946-1964. By 2050, the last year of "baby boomers" (1964) will be 86 years old. The average life span of someone born in 1964 is 76 years old (google). Not many "baby boomers" will be around by 2050, I would guess! But then again, I flunked "new" math!
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    People sometimes live to be older than 100 years old, and average lifespan has been increasing due to advances in medicine. Though as the costs of healthcare increase and younger people complain about supporting "useless" old people, that trend could change.
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    they began mass fluoridie medication in the 50s and 60s.....50+ plus years of exposure has led us to where we are now, which is why it is getting worse
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    "Alzheimer's" or formerly known as Pick's disease should be not labeled as dementia, although it's a form of senile disease afflicting the aged. We have research, treatment, and some other new drugs and therapies on the horizon. When you cannot continuously remember your family names, your keys, how to get home it's time for intervention.
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    Continue to stimulate the brain with puzzles, reading, challenging word games and feeding your brain with the right kind of foods we eat.
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    My grandmother on my mom's side had this disease...it was heartbreaking to go in here room and say hi and she just looked at you as she had never meant you before...it "killed" my grandfather to see her to deteriate...

    I think my biggest fear is to eventually wake up one day and not be able to recognize my wife and children...
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