For many people, fear of senility and dementia trumps even the fear of death, and there is justification for their concern. Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, recently advised retirees to plan for the fact that currently more than half of men and women over the age of 80 have either dementia or such serious cognitive impairment that they are unable to handle their own finances.
Rates of Alzheimer's Disease are skyrocketing. A 2007 Johns Hopkins University study estimated that by 2050, one in every 85 people will have the disease -- that's 4 times the prevalence found in 2006.
A recent survey published in the British Medical Journal found that mental decline begins in the mid 40s for most people. These investigators predicted that the average person will lose 20% of their cognitive ability between the ages of 45 and 75.
But are you the average person? I hope not! The average person is eating a toxic and nutrient deficient diet, unaware that this is a surefire path to chronic diseases like age-related cognitive decline, heart disease, diabetes and others. They're also unaware of the importance of avoiding toxins, taking high-quality supplements, exercise and stress relief in creating the kind of health-supporting lifestyle I've written about in Never Be Sick Again and my other books.
At Beyond Health, our goal is to change what's "average" by showing more and more people that it's possible to take control of their health and prevent age-related cognitive decline and any other kind of disease.
Much is made of the difference between "normal" age-related cognitive decline and dementia. But in fact age-related cognitive decline and dementia are the same thing -- what you call it is a matter of degree. The healthier you are, the less severe your problems will be.