Posted BY: Noel S. Williams
The 2022 Word of the Year is… oh, wait a minute, I forgot. Oh, yeah, it’s “dementia.”
Actually, dementia is a devastating condition. Apart from memory loss, symptoms include difficulty communicating, reasoning, planning, problem-solving, and executive functions. These are indications that should alert us to impaired cognitive functioning in our political leaders so we can offer them a cognitive test.
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Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency, especially among older people. Though age is not determinative, impaired cognitive functioning among our elderly politicians is apparent. Indeed, several keen observers, including Joe Concha, have noted the geriatric composition of our legislature.