Baby boomers concerned about dementia

Baby boomers concerned about dementia
Wendy Mann Resnick
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Baby boomers those born between 1946 and 1964 are reaching the age where signs of memory loss and dementia begin to show. Dementia is becoming a growing concern for the largest segment of the US population.

"My grandmother - my mother's mother - had dementia. And my mother did. So am I next in line?" wondered Wendy Mann Resnick, baby boomer.

As of 2008, there are 77.3 million baby boomers in the United States, making them the largest generation of Americans in history. For the oldest boomers, 2014 will be when they celebrate their 68th birthday.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Memory Disorder Chief Dr. Bruce Robinson says with time, more and more of them will be diagnosed with dementia.

"At age 65 one to two out of 100 are affected. At 75 its 4 to 8. At 85 its 16 to 32 - about a third of the population," said Dr. Robinson.

Boomer Wendy Mann Resnick says, given her family history, she and her siblings are always looking out for signs of dementia.

"If we forget where we put our keys, or if we forget we saw a particular movie or something, it's like, 'uh oh, are we getting it?'" she said.

Although there is no known cure, knowing it's coming is giving people a chance to delay the symptoms of dementia.

"Healthy diet, regular exercise, and leading a healthy mental lifestyle are all things we believe are things that can prevent the loss of brain tissue with age," said Dr. Robinson.

One thing doctors say to keep in mind: the things that are good for your heart are also good for your brain. Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure under control. Taking care of diabetes and sleep apnea all may help delay the effects of dementia.