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OK, the reality is that many of you are someday going to get the Big D (Dementia) or its precursor Cognitive Impairment, especially if you are fortunate enough to live to the age of 65. There are no effective treatments for the Big D. And that there are not a lot of proven medical symptom control methods available either.

Personally, I would have preferred to call this post “kicking dementia in the balls” but then it probably would not get as much attention.

Nonetheless, if you use your remaining cognitive resources well with the help of your friends, healthcare professionals, and your own conviction “not to go down without fighting,” you may be able to continue enjoying a good quality of life for quite a while, and certainly a lot longer than if get terrified by the Big D diagnosis and shut down.

Kick dementia in the balls.

A year or month or week or an hour of a great time with people you love is worth the effort. And they will be inspired by the fact that you are doing everything you can.

Kick dementia in the balls again and again. It will feel a lot better than watching unending re-runs of “I Love Lucy.”

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  1. November 4, 2014

    You mind map about “fighting” against the big “D” is far from complete! There are many more lifestyle changes within our control which have direct implications on our future cognitive health. New learning from neuroscience and neuroplasticity holds great promise in this area.

    • November 5, 2014

      I totally agree with your comments. My intent was to start with some low-cost methods which are easily implemented by many patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

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