So This Does Not Happen to Me, What do I Need to Do?
“We all know someone with Alzheimer’s or someone who is touched by it. Yes, it can happen to anyone, so what do I need to do to make sure I don’t get dementia?”
That is the number one question I get at EVERY social event I attend. By knowing that dementia, whichever form, takes up to 10-20 years to accumulate in one’s head brain, how can I, as a practitioner, or any professional diagnose and prescribe with a comprehensible 30 second answer?
And that is what most folks don’t know. It takes 3 months to 3 years, up to 5 to 10 to 20, even 30 years for dementia to percolate in one’s head prior to symptoms ever being experienced. Yes, the memory lapses, trouble concentrating, difficulty with bills, personality change…all the cognitive issues with dementia surface at about age 62 and beyond, yet sometimes even sooner, but dementia has been formulating in your brain as early as age 35 or 40, most probably after age 50, after women pass through menopause and men through andropause.