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Alzheimer’s Crisis!!! Danger Danger Will Robinson September 22, 2009

Posted by Michael in Politics.
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Will Robinson - We have an Alzheimer's crisis!!!

Will Robinson - We have an Alzheimer's crisis!!!

Jeez, I am sick to death of the crise du jour mentality.

WASHINGTON – More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness — and it’s an ominous forecast as the population grays.

The new count is about 10 percent higher than what scientists had predicted just a few years ago, because earlier research underestimated Alzheimer’s growing impact in developing countries.

This reminds me of scientists and bureaucrats still hyperventilating (and seeking funding) to combat global warming, never mind that the U.N.-sponsored computer model they all rely on has been discredited (turns out, in real life, the hypothetical tropical water vapor feedback loop, which is essential to the model, doesn’t exist).

Here’s a rule of thumb — anybody predicting a crisis should be ignored if they are bureaucrats in the business of whatever they are blathering about.

Let’s just see who is responsible for this dire warning.

Barring a medical breakthrough, the World Alzheimer Report projects dementia will nearly double every 20 years. By 2050, it will affect a staggering 115.4 million people, the report concludes.

“We are facing an emergency,” said Dr. Daisy Acosta, who heads Alzheimer’s Disease International, which released the report Monday.

The new count is about 10 percent higher than what scientists had predicted just a few years ago, because earlier research underestimated Alzheimer’s growing impact in developing countries.

Yeah, Daisy, and I’ll bet you think the budget of Alzheimer’s Disease International should double right now.

Remember the massive scare about the ADHD epidemic in our children, resulting in massive over-diagnosis of the disorder, that resulted in huge numbers of children being zombified by drugs like Ritalin?

Don’t trust doctors.

Report: 35 million-plus worldwide have dementia on Yahoo! Health

TOTALLY unrelated, don’t miss this Obama family portrait at S. Weasel’s blog.

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1. Tushar - September 22, 2009

Time to trot out my lame and tired joke:

What is the world’s shortest book?

Memoirs of an Alzheimer’s patient.

2. BrewFan - September 22, 2009

I heard this story on the radio (ABC News) this morning and those asshats said, and I quote, “Alzheimer’s is GROWING EXPONENTIALLY!!”

3. wiserbud - September 22, 2009

I feel exactly the same way about the American Diabetes Foundation screaming about the diabetes epidemic.

They lowered the levels at which someone is diagnosed as a diabetic, then they scream about how so many more people have diabetes.

Amazing how that works, huh?

4. Tushar - September 22, 2009

>>Amazing how that works, huh?

It is like defining poverty as ‘being among poorest 20% people’ and then crying that 1 out of 5 people are poor.

5. wiserbud - September 22, 2009

Anyone who drinks alcohol more than twice a week is an alcoholic.

OMG, look at all the alcoholics in this country!!!!

6. Tushar - September 22, 2009

Didn’t the sugar level that describes you as diabetic went down from 130 to 100 or something?

7. wiserbud - September 22, 2009

Didn’t the sugar level that describes you as diabetic went down from 130 to 100 or something?

from 150 to 110

8. Michael - September 22, 2009

It is like defining poverty as ‘being among poorest 20% people’ and then crying that 1 out of 5 people are poor.

Yeah, all the people crying about poverty are talking about folks who live way better than my grandparents on either side. And they worked.

9. Cathy - September 22, 2009

Alzheimer’s has it’s benefits.
You’re always meeting new friends.

10. wiserbud - September 22, 2009

Alzheimer’s has it’s benefits.
You’re always meeting new friends.

I had a friend who worked with Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home. I joked that that seemed liked the easiest job ever. You go to work on Monday and you play ball with them. You go to work on Tuesday and you play ball with them again and it’s like a whole new game!

She was not amused.

11. wiserbud - September 22, 2009

Yeah, all the people crying about poverty are talking about folks who live way better than my grandparents on either side. And they worked.

Ugh, don’t get me started. I used to run a delivery service, where I delivered prescriptions to people at their homes. Whenever I delivered to people who were on welfare, it would piss me off.

They had better apartments than me and more junk in them that I did, and I was the one who had the job!

12. Michael - September 22, 2009

Sorry for the bad “discredited” link about global warming. It has been fixed to link my post about this, which links an authoritative study about the water vapor feedback loop at Watts Up With That.

13. lauraw - September 22, 2009

When I owned an apartment building in Hartford, my tenants who were all on Section 8 had lots of kids, awesome stereos, and nice cars. I was driving a stripped down tin can and had discount muslin yardage for curtains.

They still called me ‘Miss Laura’ and got the fuck out of my way, though. So that was nice.

I’m very sad that I never met my Father In Law. Altzheimer’s took him early. The stories are sad and terrible.

14. Cathy - September 22, 2009

My heart goes out to Alzheimer’s care givers and family members.

15. wiserbud - September 22, 2009

My heart goes out to Alzheimer’s care givers and family members.

I agree. Some of the saddest moments in my life were going into these nursing homes and getting to know the people there, then coming in one day and they were gone.

And those who work with them are absolute saints. They are some of the most wonderful, caring people I have ever met.

16. xbradtc - September 22, 2009

It is like defining poverty as ‘being among poorest 20% people’ and then crying that 1 out of 5 people are poor.

I actually just had this discussion with a lib. They had a hard time grasping the fact that “the poverty level” was an arbitrary number set by Congress. It’s not even geographically indexed.

17. composmentis - September 23, 2009

I like how you repeated the quote there, Michael. Almost as if you forgot you had already pasted it once. Intentional? Or are you becoming one of the 35 million?

Cathy, have you noticed anything strange about Michael’s behavior and memory? Well, I mean, anything stranger?

18. composmentis - September 23, 2009

An eighty year old man is sitting on a park bench, sobbing, when a young man walks by and asks him what’s wrong. Through his tears the old man answers, ”I’m in love with a twenty-five year old woman.”

”What’s wrong with that?” asks the young man.

Between sniffles, he answers, “Every morning before she goes to work, we make love. At lunchtime she comes home and we make love again, and then she makes my favorite meal. After work, she comes home and cooks a wonderful meal. And sometimes, all night long, we make love.”

The young man puts his arm around him. ”I don’t understand. It sounds like you have the perfect relationship. Why are you crying?”

The old man answers, sobbing more loudly, ”I forgot where I live!”

19. Mrs. Peel - September 23, 2009

xbrad, I heard a sermon one time in which the pastor kept repeating that some percentage of Americans were “BELOW THE POVERTY LINE!” It was a congregation of rich people (not my regular church, obviously; it’s a beautiful old church, with very traditional services, though), so I guess he was trying to make them feel guilty. I had a really hard time not yelling, “THAT’S THE DEFINITION OF THE POVERTY LINE!” Seriously, it’s like saying that half of all American women are below average height. (Yes, including me. Shut up.)

wiser, my mom used to run deliveries for my aunt who owned a pharmacy back when I was in preschool, so I know what you mean. Most of the people were old and shut-in and never heard from their families, and they were so excited to get someone to talk to. They used to give my mom recipes and get her to sit down for thirty minutes or an hour to talk to them.

Hmm…I should ask my church if they know of any shut-ins who would like some visits.

20. scottw - September 23, 2009

The last time I saw my dad, after a five minute conversation, he said “hey, it was really nice chatting with you but I have to run, my son is coming for a visit”.

21. Mrs. Peel - September 23, 2009

Oh…that had to be hard to hear. I’m sorry, Scott.

22. TXMarko - September 23, 2009

Umm, OT here, but I REALLY liked that robot from Lost In Space.

23. Russ from Winterset - September 23, 2009

I hear ya, Scott. My mom’s in the nursing home with Alzheimers. She still has good days occasionally, but Alzheimers combined with bad hearing (she never did like wearing those damn hearing aids) makes her pretty unresponsive most of the time.

She still recognizes Moses & brightens up when we take him over to see her, which is a good thing.

24. composmentis - September 23, 2009

Re: comments 20, 23 et al

I apologize for making light of this subject earlier. I shouldn’t make everything a joke. And I’m sorry for what you guys had/have to go through.

25. Joey Buzz - September 23, 2009

I kinda remember watching that robot….and Ultra-man. I guess the heimers isnt hitting me too hard…yet.

26. reason - September 23, 2009

What will ObamaCare do to SAVE US FROM THIS CRISIS?

27. lauraw - September 23, 2009

I doubt anybody here is quite that humor-deficient, compos.

28. Bertha Lewis - September 23, 2009

My lawyers will be in touch, you age-discriminating jerk!

29. Cathy - September 23, 2009

Humor, I think, is one of the best medicines for those of us dealing with Alzheimer’s folks.

We’d leave our mind without it.

30. lauraw - September 23, 2009
31. Cathy - September 23, 2009

Tays Emuzing!

32. wiserbud - September 23, 2009

AH KNOW MAH RAHTS!

When asked how he found the emu, Officer Culpepper replied “Delicious!”

33. daveintexas - September 23, 2009

Hah. A friend of mine occasionally gets asked to feed his neighbor’s emus when neighbor goes out of town.

I asked him “what’s the football helmet for?” Then I watched what they did to his head when he walked in with the feed bucket.

Fuckin raptors.

34. Anonymous - September 23, 2009

Russ, does she have insurance for long term care?

35. scottw - September 23, 2009

Russ, is she insured for long term care?

36. Russ from Winterset - September 23, 2009

Yeah. It’s a pretty good policy, so she’s in good hands. The funny thing is that my folks haven’t had the policy for that long, maybe 5 years before Mom went into the nursing home. We always thought Mom might have Alzheimers, but she was violently adamant about NOT being tested for it. Since she was a pharmacist, she knows most of the lingo & was able to talk back to the specialists pretty well.

Compos, the jokes are about the only GOOD thing about dealing with this disease. Don’t cut back on my account. We don’t have it that bad, but Dad really had a hard time over the last 5 years or so.

37. Russ from Winterset - September 23, 2009

Oh yeah, what I meant to say above:

Since she wasn’t OFFICIALLY diagnosed with Alzheimers at the time they got the long term care policy, it wasn’t ruled to be a pre-existing condition. The policy has co-pays & a pretty good deductible, but it does what it was intended to do: keep the costs of this level of care manageable.

She fell & broke her hip the weekend before the CT Moron meetup, so I had to abort my plans to fly East. It was a small fracture (only about 1.5″ long) that they fixed with one pin & one screw, & the doctor that did the operation said that her bones are very strong for a 67-year old woman. She was getting daily physical therapy for the injury for about a week or so, until the insurance company decided that the treatment was not beneficial. They had a hard time getting her to follow along with the therapist. The nursing home staff told Dad that its no big deal, since they would have their nurses & on-site therapist work with her daily.

38. scottw - September 23, 2009

Wow, very similar circumstances here. Diagnosed at 58, about 5 years after insurance purchase. Honestly, I think my mom had suspicions. The insurance would have run out here on the east coast within about 8 years, so we sent him to a brand new Alzheimers care center in Salt Lake near my brother. It was better care at half of the cost.

Every time I misplace something I have an ” Oh crap me too” moment.

39. harrison - September 23, 2009

If my math is correct, and y’all will let me know if it’s not, 35 million worldwide is .005% of the population.
BFD.

40. Dave in Texas - September 23, 2009

Hellooooooo Newman.

41. Newman - September 23, 2009

Hello, Jerry.

42. lauraw - September 24, 2009

Here’s one for Geezer:

http://www.clickorlando.com/irresistible/21078746/detail.html

Spud news isn’t all that riveting, but that was a good article.

43. reason - September 24, 2009

“Every time I misplace something I have an ” Oh crap me too” moment.”

$20 sez if it isn’t already laura fucking with you, it will be now…

44. lauraw - September 24, 2009

Noooo, I’m nice to my sweetheart. When I feel like mentally abusing somebody, I come here to IB.

This gave me the tears this morning.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,26081206-401,00.html


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