DISORIENTED IN TIME
Dementia is more common among the geriatric or elderly. But, it may occur in any stage of adulthood. No society around the world is exempt from it. It is a condition that affects areas of cognition such as memory, attention, language, and problem-solving. To determine whether you have dementia or not, it normally is required to be present in you for at least 6 months.
In the later stages of dementia, affected persons may be disoriented in time (not knowing what day of the week, day of the month, or even what year it is); in place (not knowing where they are); and, in person (not knowing who they are or others around them).
Dementia, though often treatable to some degree, is usually due to causes that are progressive and incurable. Chronic use of mind-altering substances such as alcohol – a progressive, life-shortening habit just as is drugs abuse, can also predispose people to cognitive changes suggestive of dementia.
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MORE POWERFUL THAN COMPUTERS
Each of us carries around one of the most amazing objects ever created, one that governs almost everything about ourselves as sentient beings – who we are, how, why and what we think, what we believe about ourselves and others, our feelings, our fears, our actions, our dreams and aspirations.
The trouble with this arrangement is, we only have one of it.
A healthy brain is more sophisticated and far more complex than the most powerful computers being built today. But it is extremely fragile. Unlike other parts of the body, like the heart and other major organs and muscles, much of the information it holds is not written into our inherited genes. Instead, most of that information is acquired, stored, used, retrieved and lost by you as a result of choices you make for your lifestyle during the span of your life time.
Most of us tend not to contemplate this mushy, convoluted, jelly-like ob-ject residing between our ears. Yet, like any other organ or muscle in our bodies, if we allow ourselves to lose the networks of cells that hold the information it contains, dramatic changes can occur.
Unlike computers, you can’t reboot yourself if a fatal flaw develops or replace your brain with a new one just as you would a computer’s central processing unit (CPU) embedded on a motherboard to restore things back to normal.