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Would you want to know? Dementia

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Catriona, Aug 10, 2021.

  1. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I'm hearing on the radio this morning that researchers are saying that artificial intelligent comparison of brain scans could identify those at risk of dementia in future.
    Would you want to know? I would not.
    I suspect it is yet another effort financed by drug companies in the hopes that mass pill popping can result in the same way as statins seems to be the norm.
    Am I just an ostrich - or just someone plodding on each day with undiagnosed untreated chronic conditions irrelevant to doctors and drug companies alike?
     
  2. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    No. Not unless there was a viable treatment.
     
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  3. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    I understand that there are over 300 types of dementia, from minor memory loss to matters far, far worse. So I am not sure how "good" any advanced notification would be. It could scare some people into thinking that they will be in for a torrid time, whereas in practice they could be afflicted by something relatively slight (and vice-versa)
     
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  4. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    if it means that more wills are written and powers of.attorney granted it will save a lot of trouble later
     
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  5. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    That's awful, on so many fronts.
     
  6. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Unwelcome things to do but necessary.

    The main problem with a diagnosis of dementia is that, as a label, it isn't very precise. My late mother was dreadfully upset to get a diagnosis of dementia just as she was if someone used the word "confused" in her presence, both of which to her generation meant severe incapacity.
     
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  7. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    We did the powers of attorney for each of us around 5 years ago (when Becky was 18). You just never know when it could all go wrong!
     
  8. AndyTake2

    AndyTake2 Well-Known Member

    Just signed a lasting power of attorney for my mum a couple of days back.
    I think the worst thing with the knowledge of 'impending doom' with dementia would be the stress - which is as likely to cause more issues as not. On top of that it's a dead cert that insurance companies would want to know, meaning our insurance premiums would go through the roof.
    Drug companies would certainly benefit, but there is a upside to some of the research in that AI is rapidly chewing through the root causes, so real progress may actually be possible.
     
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  9. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    But would you want to know if you were told you were at risk?
     
  10. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    If there was nothing I could do to prevent it, no.
     
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  11. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    The way I see it: you'd probably have forgotten by the time you got home! ;)
     
  12. Gezza

    Gezza Well-Known Member

    Its an awful disease and there are medications that can control it in the earlier stages. They obviously wont be available if you don't know you have it. A little pre warning would be very useful.
    I feel really for those that get it earlier in life.
     
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  13. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    If you know in advance, there are things you can do to mitigate the effects. No, not just drugs, mainly a lot of simple things to do around the house and such as well as powers of attorney . These things will not slow the progression, but will allow someone to remain at home and relatively independent for longer.

    Don't ask what the things are which can help, I only did a small amount of EMI and it was over twenty-five years ago, but a competent EMI nurse could give out the information.

    S

    ps knowing can help the carers as well.
     
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  14. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    If you live long enough most of us are vulnerable to dementia of one sort or another.
    However it is pretty counter productive to worry too much about it.
    For most of us, the process of Physical decline does for us first.
     
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  15. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Genetically I'm vulnerable.(family history)
    physiological due to cardiac episodes, probably vulnerable (vascular)
    Yes I have lapses but I'm not fretting, as that makes it worse.
     
  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    It seems obvious that a few of you see the benefit so that you can plan for someone else (not yourself).
    The things already mentioned, such as medication could be useful in the early stages, but I do feel the benefits do not outweigh the down side of perhaps unneeded medication, insurance premiums, drug sponsored research and additional stress in relationships as well as to yourself.
     
  17. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    I'm already twenty five years older than my parents' ages when they died, so the way I see it, I'm well ahead! :D
     
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  18. WillieJ

    WillieJ Well-Known Member

    Likewise, and if things do go wrong then life all of a suddent gets very complicated and expensive without them - all at a time when such additional complexities and expenses are about the last thing both parties need.
     
  19. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Well my m-i-l gave power of attorney to her daughter. She was absolutely delighted. Nuff said! Hubby insisted it go to a local solicitor who was expensive but presumably honest.
    There was some left at the end.
     
  20. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    I must talk to my grand daughter about it, she is a trainee Solicitor. LLB. LLM. LPC already. She is specialising in family law.
     

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