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DepressedElder...The issues that are probably most often covered up are alcohol or drug abuse, but not far behind would be cognitive problems. It’s been known for some time that dementia has overtaken cancer as the most feared disease. It’s also well known that there’s no cure for dementia at this time. Additionally, even people with healthy brains who make an occasional wrong decision have a tendency to cover up. It’s human to dislike our thought process questioned since our brain represents so much of our identity. So, rather like children who cover their eyes and say "you can’t see me,"people often feel that if they aren’t diagnosed with dementia, well, dementia isn’t their problem.

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