Sometimes I think we are so advanced as a people and others, well not so much. Unlike "Alzheimers Disease" or "Parkinsons Disease" where you can put a name to your enemy, and hence fight the good fight, when the general specter of "dementia" is used, it is so ambiguous that you don't know who or what to fight...and are simply left with something to fear. The bogey-man living under your bed or in your mental closet.
I looked at the stories about Malcolm Young and David Cassidy thinking OK they are beloved public figures, maybe their problems with dementia will spur more research into that which is killing many of the readers here. But nope, they just list it as dementia and leave it at that, as if getting more specific into the cause of that dementia would be read as some STD or something. This does no one, and particularly not the one dying from it a service of any kind.
Think about it: saying someone died from dementia is no more accurate or informative than saying someone died of a tumor. But as soon as you ID where that tumor came from, the researchers go to town. Dementia is no different yet most times even when mentioning the cause of dementia in a famous personality, the part of "Alzheimers" is sorta mumbled under the breath, just before declaring with a false sense of authority "DEMENTIA DID IT!"
Sadly, the few like Michael J Fox with his Parkinsons work are the exception; far more almost act like they don't want to know, not really know what did it....I have never understood the head-in-the-sand frame of mind.
Why is this? Why does this mind-set persist, even in these hopefully more-enlightened times? I really don't get it. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I have none other than the whining above.....but I do think its time for a more informed public discussion (and private, like within families where the family member with dementia is treated the same as the family person with alcoholism that never gets treated (for example).