Global Dementia Report for 2015 Released

Global Impact of Dementia 2015

The infographic above was included in the World Alzheimer Report 2015: The Global Impact of Dementia, released on August 24, 2015.

Dementias of all kinds are on the rise, despite pernicious and false claims that the rate of dementia diagnoses is stabilizing. 

With an increasingly toxic planet – air, water, food, soil – our bodies and our brains are suffering irreparable damage over time, and dementias are the neurological manifestation of that damage.

Additionally, we have developed lifestyles – processed and fast foods with chemicals, too much salt, and too much sugar, neurologically-altering drugs (prescription and illegal) that have become the rule, not the exception, and increased alcohol consumption and abuse – that are harmful to our bodies and our brains, resulting in the dramatic rise in both physiological diseases and neurological degeneration.

With technology addiction and sleep disorders/deprivation layered on top of these, we, as a society, are choosing to further increase the odds of our widespread development of dementias.

And to top it off, the general population is getting older – Baby Boomers are about to bust all the rest of us in their old age – and medicine continues its march toward quantity of life (age) instead of quality of life (health).

With all of these factors in play, the reality is that most of us don’t stand a chance of not developing some sort of neurological impairment. It may not be full-blown dementia, but most of us are at high risk.

In some of these things – lifestyle, technology addiction, sleep habits, quality of life versus quantity of life – we have complete control. Our previous habits may have already done irreparable damage, but we have the choice today to say “Enough already!” and change.

But will we?

The pessimist/pragmatist/realist in me says most of us won’t.

I watch myself making every change I can and I watch most of the world around me continuing – even increasing speed and intensity – headlong into the very practices and behaviors we have complete control over that will lead to cognitive impairment.

I have sounded the warning here many times. But I realize that I’m just talking to myself. Nobody else cares, it seems.

At times, I wonder why I care if nobody else does. Talking to yourself is a waste of time, so I often wonder if I’m just wasting my time with this blog. Maybe I am.

But I keep doing the blog because if it helps just one other person on the planet, then that’s one person out of 7.5 billion people that I’ve been able to serve and if I stop, then I stop serving. My conscience and who I am won’t let me do that.

And even if nobody wants to hear it now, maybe in a few years, when I’m dead and gone, and their families are watching them go through the journey of dementias, their families will find this blog and it will help them.

If I leave a legacy, this might be it. I don’t have high hopes for any legacy. People are so hedonistic and narcissistic now that they don’t pay any attention to anything serious or important. I can only imagine that will get worse in the future too.

But even if there’s no use for this information, at least I know I’m doing the best I can to pay what I’ve learned forward and try to help others. The choice of whether they want to learn or ignore is theirs, not mine.

C’est la vie.

11 thoughts on “Global Dementia Report for 2015 Released

  1. What a powerful image! I get your frustration and concern completely. I just wrote about the scary statistics at aliceinmemoryland.com, but I do think there is a growing awareness. What is needed is for all of us who are still “healthy” to volunteer for the studies that are struggling to find participants.

    • I agree with you about volunteering for the studies, but while I do think there is a growing awareness in a peripheral kind of way, my observation is that people are turning away in a “it won’t happen to me” or “it doesn’t concern me” because they have not been personally and intimately touched by dementias the way those of us who are educating about it have and continuing down the road of blissful ignorance of “eat, drink, and be merry.”

  2. I think people are just totally on overload and can’t take in any more scary news… and like you say in your comment above, everyone thinks it can’t happen to them. Unless they’ve seen it first-hand. Even then it’s hard not to engage in that magical thinking-

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  4. Oh my, I must be that one person that is listening. I have been blogging 8 months, wanted my blog to be about dementia, but no one wanted anything serious, so I began putting photos and other unserious things on my blog. Now and then, I cannot resist and throw dementia and serious issues their way. I could have written everything you said from the “But will we.?” (change) because I have ran everything you said through my mind many times. My daughter keeps tellilng me that years from now someone may read something I wrote and it might impact their life. My husband and I try hard to eat natural foods, avoid drugs, and use herbs, essential oils, etc. You hang in there and don’t give up what you are trying to do – there is someone else out there that knows what you do matters. I tried for so long to get someone to listen to how serious this dementia problem is, maybe someday! I ran across a quote the other day that I have believed was how I felt my entire life about silly mankind – “Wherever you come near the human race there’s layers and layers of nonsense.” by Thorton Wilder I loved your tribute to your Mother so much, my daughter is helping me make a tribute for my mother – I am not as computer savy as my daughter. Do not intend to write a book here. Ha

    • Thank you, my dear, for your support and kind words. It means a lot. And I love that quote by Thornton Wilder – will use it on my other blog for a post I’m working on. 😉

      I can’t wait to see the tribute to your mom. Very much looking forward to it.

      And thank you for reading…that helps me know this is not in vain.

      Hugs!

  5. Sandra, I’ve been following you for nearly 2 years, and learnt much about dealing with people with dementia and other age-related memory issues. After reading your blog recommending “A Deadly Wandering” by Matt Richtel, I borrowed it through our local library, and found it enlightening and thought-provoking. No more mobile-phone use while driving for me, and I’m challenging other habits that undermine my driving concentration.
    My husband read the Richtel book first and kept saying, “You must read this book!”. He generally doesn’t read ‘my’ books, as our reading tastes differ so much.
    So you’re not just writing for yourself; you have an appreciative audience, and hopefully readers who also learn from, and think about, what you are saying.
    Catch you later.

    • Thank you so much, my friend, for your comments and letting me know this is all not in vain and really is helping and serving others. It’s hard to tell at times, and, yet, this is one of missions in my life going forward, so even in my angst of believing that I’m just talking to myself, I still have the responsibility and obligation to continue this. Thank you again.

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