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Jul 18 2013

Like anyone needs to read this

The headline screams, minor memory lapses could be early sign of Alzheimer’s! Jebus fucking Christ, no one needs to read this. And I don’t mean no one over age 30, because we all know people over 30 if if we’re not, and we all have memory lapses. And yes, minor lapses do get worse over time. But if you want to read some of it and be very afraid, go below:

ABC — Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have had a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could be the very earliest sign of Alzheimer’s, several research teams are reporting. Doctors often regard people who complain that their memory is slipping as “the worried well,” but the new studies show they may well have reason to worry, said Maria Carrillo, a senior scientist at the Alzheimer’s Association.

Well, that’s just great. And by great I mean so depressing I may not be able write anything the rest of the day. Assuming I can remember my log in info.

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  1. 1
    otrame

    Relax. As an old friend used to say, it’s when you find yourself in the bathroom and can’t remember why you are there that you should worry.

  2. 2
    Holms

    “…may not be… could be… may well have…”
    Three sentences, three weasel words. Ugh, medical science reporting how far you have fallen. Just an endless stream of weasel-word laden diet trends after another, smoking causes everything you care to name, everything gives you cancer, and now this.

  3. 3
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I think I heard about this earlier .. but then I forgot all about it.

    Still look on the bright side – having Alzheimers means :

    1) you can laugh at the same jokes twice.

    2) You can hide your own easter eggs

    and

    3) you can laugh at the same jokes twice.

  4. 4
    dobby

    It is also sad that all types of memory problems are now lumped in as Alzheimer’s. It is early onset Alzheimer’s disease that is the big problem.

  5. 5
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Apparently – and this is about the one thing I recall from doing a course on the problem when my late Grandpa was suffering this disease about a decade ago – consuming tumeric ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumeric#Medicine ) helps to ward it off.

  6. 6
    Neil Rickert

    I had trouble recalling Jerry Coyne’s name this morning. It was on the tip of my tongue, but I couldn’t get it.

    I guess that means that I am done for.

  7. 7
    Trebuchet

    I have a terrible time remembering names — but I’ve been that way from childhood so I guess it’s all right.

    As I get older though, I frequently find myself thinking about the hereafter. As in, I walk into a room and think, “Now what am I here after?”

  8. 8
    magistramarla

    An old man told the priest:
    “The older I get, the more I think about the hereafter.”
    The priest asked him: “Are you afraid of dying?”
    The old man answered, “No sir, but every time I walk into a room, I think to myself – Now, what am I here after?”

  9. 9
    nothere

    Alzheimer’s is why god invented wickipedia,

  10. 10
    thebookofdave

    I’m looking forward to having an excuse to wear my underwear over my pants and yell at relatives to get out of my house. Now could someone please remind me why the hell I’m here?

  11. 11
    Aliasalpha

    Last week I noticed that a mate of mine was playing borderlands 2, I wondered when he got it & if he might be up for some coop one day. Turns out that not only had we already played it in coop but it was me who bought him the fucking game…

  12. 12
    lumi

    I don’t have memory problems, I just have attention problems. Now where did I put my glasses?

    But seriously, this just seems like the worst kind of scare-mongering. People of all ages forget things, that’s not at all the same as Alzheimer’s. Are they pushing a new drug?

  13. 13
    eidolon

    I kinda figure the problem with memory lapses is The Doorway Phenomenon. When you walk into a room, the doorway is the locus of a memory destroying field that erases from your mind the reason you walked in there in the first place.

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