Do you sometimes think dementia is a consequence of having cheated death?

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I look at my mother and all the people like her that are now living into their 90's and beyond with no quality of life and I wonder "WHY?". Many of you report that your loved ones are fighters who have overcome heart disease, cancer or other illnesses and injuries. Do you sometimes wonder if they would have been better off if modern medicine had not saved them?

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My husband's sleep psychiatrist was at the clinic where RBD was identified, and where its link to LBD and Parkinson's was researched. We were chatting once over my frustration for getting things arranged for Coy.

He observed that in our time medical science was far ahead of social science. We could increase longevity but there was no thinking ahead about how that would impact our social structures. For example, Elder Law is a mish-mash of making sure the government didn't get cheated out of taxes when someone died, or that they didn't cheat to get benefits to help them through illness, and laws designed to protect them from losing their legal independence, and laws about inheritance when they fail to leave a will, etc. etc. There is no over-arching plan, and some policies contradict each other.

And, of course, policies and practices that help ensure that a person who works 45 years can reasonably save enough to live on for not 15 more years, but perhaps 30 more years.

No, I don't think dementia is a punishment by the fates for cheating death. I think much of our present turmoil in health care is a case of one branch of knowledge surging ahead while other branches are far behind.
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I think God decides who is going to live or die. No offense to those of you who aren't believers but you can only cheat death if God wants you to irregardless of medical advancements. If you do live long after your usefulness ends there must be a reason. We may never know what it is but there is one.IMO
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Have to agree. Mom has "cheated" death several times now. Family was very happy until she started losing it and got a diagnosis of LBD. Now the nursing home wont even take her due to this impossible disease. No life for the rest of us now.
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Oh, it isn't you. The 8 is dazed eyes with glasses. The E is a monster mouth grimace. Kinda like a crazy :-) .
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I confess to having the fault of being long winded.

But I'm confused as to 8-E. I'm almost afraid to ask what it means. Did a quick Google search; most of the meanings aren't relevant, and one would be entirely irrelevant.

What am I missing?
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LOL
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You mean long post? 8-E
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A very thoughtful and detailed response as usual GA. But regardless of the scientific causes of dementia, I have a mental image of "the fates" or whomever looking at the world and modern medicine and having a conversation something like this...

"Those people just keep getting smarter and smarter with their medical procedures, I send out the grim reaper and he keeps coming back empty handed. Let's just play a few nasty tricks and then we'll see who's really the boss".
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On the subject of dementia, and its causes, I happened to read a synopsis of a study reported by the Environmental Health Perspectives titled:

"Long-Term Air Pollution and Traffic Noise Exposures and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study".

The purpose was:

"To analyze the cross-sectional associations of long-term exposure to AP and traffic noise with overall MCI, amnestic (aMCI) and non-amnestic (naMCI) MCI. " (AP = air pollution)

I'd have to research farther to get into all the data and variables, but the conclusion struck me as relevant to this discussion:

"Most air pollutants and traffic noise were associated with overall MCI".

I guess it's not really that surprising - I knew that air pollution caused by traffic affected health, but thought the effect would probably be to sinuses and pulmonary functions.

Again, w/o following the original study, I don't know what the level of association is, whether it compounded a propensity for dementia, or what the geographic area studied was. There could be a lot of variables.

It's a good reason to get out of the metropolitan area.
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