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Why Do We Want to Detect Alzheimer’s Early?


Do you feel stressed sometimes? We all do. But if you notice someone, a loved one, a friend, even a coworker becoming increasingly anxious or frustrated, those rising stresses can actually speed up the processes of dementia and the dreaded thief, Alzheimer’s disease.

Recognizing stress and its connection to Alzheimer’s matters to me because my wife has been largely taken from me by Alzheimer’s. She began showing signs of dementia long before her diagnosis in 2013 at age 55. She knew something was wrong, and we knew it, too. But we didn’t know that we needed to ask ourselves some key questions that might have helped her. We can’t change it now, but research is showing that we could have had a different outcome, and that’s truly heartbreaking. So, I want you to know more about stress and the early detection of dementia.

As part of a course of study on Alzheimer’s, I’ve seen the scientific research that shows that increases in stress also increase chemicals in the brain that are related to how the brain builds up the cellular plaques and neural tangles that are the hallmark characteristics of Alzheimer’s.

What we also know is that if someone has the early signs of dementia, called Mild Cognitive Impairment, they don’t necessarily get a full case of Alzheimer’s. This gives us hope.

The current belief is that if we can identify the symptoms of this disease early, we might be able to alleviate the stressors, add ways to cope, and ultimately slow or even halt the progress of cognitive decline.

This is an area of intense research. Today, the only predictor of Alzheimer’s is advancing age, a VERY poor predictor.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a list of 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s, and I highly recommend that you review this whenever you or someone you know and care about is feeling anxious or stressed. As the saying goes, if you see something, say something. If one of the signs seems to appear too often, talk about it with the person. Be gentle, be respectful, and be kind. You might be saving them some intense psychological pain. You might even be prolonging their life.

And please read down to the section where it discusses the signs that are NOT Alzheimer’s. We all have stress; we all make mistakes. It’s not all Alzheimer’s, thankfully, but we all need a little help and comfort at times. The key is seeing the signs repeatedly over time.

Just knowing these signs, and taking a moment to gently talk to someone under stress can, by itself, help to relieve stress so that hopefully we don’t add one more patient to the growing list of those living and dying with Alzheimer’s Disease.


Comcast and Charter agree not to compete against each other in wireless

Readers of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged will recognize the anti-dog-eat-dog agreement here. Disgusting.

Comcast and Charter agree not to compete against each other in wireless // Ars Technica » Ministry of Innovation

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It’s no secret that big cable companies don’t like to compete against each other, as it’s more profitable to be the only company in town than to build networks in places already dominated by another cable provider.

But for Comcast and Charter, the two biggest cable companies in the US, that aversion to competition is going to extend beyond cable networks and into the mobile market. The companies today announced an agreement to cooperate in their plans to sell mobile phone service, an agreement that also forbids each company from making wireless mergers and acquisitions without the other’s consent for one year.

"That agreement could stoke Wall Street speculation among investors and analysts that the two largest US cable companies together could decide to make a play for a carrier like T-Mobile US Inc. or Sprint Corp.," wrote The Wall Street Journal, which reported the Comcast/Charter agreement hours before it was announced. "Neither company as a single entity could buy another wireless carrier for that time period as a result of that agreement without the other’s blessing or involvement."

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Frank DeSantis has some tough love for today’s entrepreneurs – Delaware

Two key, key points in this… 

  • Ideas are a dime a dozen!
  • Nobody cares about you or your idea!

Counting Widgets Versus Solving World Hunger: The Relationship Between Output and Outcome Measures | PA TIMES Online

“Metrics play a key role in any performance management program, but they must not be the first step. To determine what to measure, an entity must first decide what they are trying to accomplish.”