This past Sunday’s 60 Minutes on CBS did a story on what they call the fastest growing segment of the population, people living to age 90 and beyond. Their story is about many aspects of growing old and in part they address Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to 60 Minutes the risk of dementia doubles every five years starting at age 65 and affects short term memory first. 96 year old Ted Rosenbaum, who has dementia is shown looking at pictures with his wife and he describes looking back at a lifetime of of memories as a “source of incalculable joy”.
You can watch the entire segment on the CBS 60 Minutes website here. Be sure to scroll down the page for the 60 Minutes Overtime video titled “Before you give up wine and dessert..” Some good news for all of us!