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March 22, 2007


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Gail Rae Hudson

I don't know if you check your site stats, Mona, but a few days ago I began reading this post, then got called away by surprise by Mom...but I became so involved because of your introduction through Dolly that I set aside some time, tonight, sliced myself a piece of toffee torte and settled down to digest this one.

This is not the first time I've read of observations of a probable link between inflammation and dementia. This reminded me of one of Don Hayden's posts in which he mentions that his doctor prescribed 1600 mg/day of ibuprofen, although he didn't know why. Knowing what I know about ibuprofen and tissue bleeds from my mother's experience, I wonder, now, as well, if this treatment is yet another devil-or-the-deep prescription. I also wonder how often contact sport players take mega doses of ibuprofen after injury (especially since we know that some of those mega-doses have led to a player's death) and if there is any kind of a connection between this and later dementia development.

The information in this post is fascinating, though. I guess bone fractures aren't the only reason to guard against falls in the elderly. As well, makes me wonder about the extreme emphasis on contact sports, which is, of course, a world-wide phenomenon and is bleeding (forgive the horrible pun) into female, as well as male lives.

I am reminded of a nephew of mine; built like a bear, incredibly strong, has lifted weights and indulged in all kinds of cardio forever. When he was of the age, everyone, including he, thought he might find football interesting, so he decided to try out for Pop Warner. Much to his mother's delight, he was so offended by the violence involved that he quickly gave it up. He took a huge razing for it, but, then, he's always been completely his own person, so that didn't faze him. I was thrilled, then, too, with his decision, but, now, I'm even more thrilled. The guy's got an amazing brain, as well as an amazing body. I would have hated to see his brain sacrificed to the ridiculous physical exploits often associated with "being a man"!

Thanks for this post, Mona...so much to think about!

I'm looking forward to what I hope is more reporting from you on the forum.

Patty McNally Doherty

I first read this post with trepidation. All of the males in my family were football players when young, as were most of the young boys in our town. They ALL suffered concussions, every football season, every year. It was as common as touchdowns.

My father played when the helmets were nothing more than leather. Whether this had anything to do with why he developed Alzheimer's is a mystery, and I can only hope that future research will explain to us how we can prevent it.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Ellen Quarry, her husband was the late Mike Quarry, an incredible boxer. His brother was Jerry Quarry, a boxer as well. They both had pugilistic dementia and died from it. I would love to put you in touch with her, I think her perspective as the wife and caregiver of a professional athlete, would be most interesting.


Sandee Youzwa

I am very interested in any information about Alzheimers as my 81 year old mother was diagnosed with it 4 years ago and I was involved in a serious head-on collision 27 years ago. I realize this does not mean I am "doomed" but it presently puts me in the higher risk category with the available data and associated risks. If there is any recent data on Alzheimers I would be more than appreciative to receive this info. My age is 48 and sometimes I get so frustated when I can't remember mid sentence what "a wheelbarrow" is called but I can picture it in my mind.

Mona Johnson


I'm sorry to hear about your mom, and also about the accident you were in. You asked for recent data on Alzheimer's. There is so much research in this area it's hard to keep up. Besides browsing this site, you might try The Alzheimer's Research Forum (http://www.alzforum.org/), Alzheimer's Disease International (http://www.alz.co.uk/alzheimers/) and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (http://www.medsch.wisc.edu/wai/).

I understand how worrisome it is when you can't find a word. You could think about being evaluated by a neurologist and a neuropsychologist to see if what you're experiencing is in the normal range.

Good luck...



This article was very informative. My 86 year old mother fell a month ago and suffered a serious head fracture and there was bleeding on the brain. Since then, she is exhibiting AD symptoms and increased dementia which she had prior to the fall.

Linda Smith

Very interested in this article that links head injuries to early onset dementia. My husband was diagnosed with FTD (dementia) probable PPA (language variant) Nov. 2006 (he was 59) - showed progressive symptoms of loss of math and confusion for at least 12 years prior.
He played high school and college football - knocked unconscious at least twice. He played rugby while in Army (age 32) and 3 documented concussions within a month. Started having severe headaches on left side (language area of brain). I've always thought that his concussions had a direct connection to subsequent dementia. His parents both have dementia but his mother was 83 and father 90 when diagnosed.

Tammy Isaacson

My mother was in a severe car accident at ten years of age, now at 68 she has severe and cronic dementia which, I believe is progressing. The doctor scanned her and found damage and believes that the dementia is due to the accident, but I want to know what type of dementia she has and the outcome. Thank-you T.I.

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