Dementia – is it truly a mystery?

by Doug Valentine, BSc Eng, window cleaner, Frome, Somerset, UK 

The truth is I cannot remember exactly when early stage dementia started for me, because the onset was so very gradual and undramatic. I understand that it is fairly normal to not become aware until the symptoms reach a certain level. In my own case drinking daily quantities of alcohol that obliviated all my senses also contributed to my lack of awareness. My feeling is that it would have been detectable to me at age forty – or perhaps before, if I hadn’t chosen to numb myself in the way that I did. I feel that it was definitely discernable to me by my mid forties.

How can I say this? Well by then it was becoming a struggle to remember things from the day before with any accuracy, and sometimes not at all. I recall my life around that time being a sort of terror – that I might forget something vital, that may harm one of my customers and therefore also harm my business and my family, and so I wrote everything down on lists and carried multiple messages to myself in my pocket. I was not honest with myself about this, telling myself that this is just what happens, as we get older. These memory issues added to my already high stress levels, because I couldn’t talk to anyone or admit what was going on. I felt that if I did, I would have to cease working in my business, with all the financial implications that that might have for my family. So I chose to hide it and not seek any help. I also put my head in the sand with regard to considering what could have caused it. The above average alcohol consumption, as well as above average caffeine consumption, continued as before, without any thoughts of cutting it down or perhaps more sensibly giving it up!

In my mid fifties, my daughter introduced me to the Universal Medicine presentations. I was immediately struck by the sense that Serge Benhayon was making to me across many subjects, but particularly on the subject of health. Inspired by this common sense, I started to question many of the choices I had been making ­– and making for a very long time. For example, if alcohol is a poison, which also anaesthetises all my senses – and it is – why had I been putting it in my body daily for so many years? And if caffeine races and stresses my physiology – which it does – why do I need to do that to myself several times a day? Was my high blood pressure related to my use of these two drugs? Were my memory issues also related to how I was choosing to live?

After pondering these questions for a while it became more and more clear to me that I needed to give up both these drugs completely and unreservedly. I came to feel certain that not doing so would be very harmful to my health, which was already in bad shape. And so, the words “never another drop shall pass my lips” were spoken and to my great surprise I had no problem with giving up alcohol, even though it had always called me back to it very strongly whenever I had tried to take a brief break from it before. Although I never thought that I was an alcoholic, probably because I didn’t need to drink during the day, there is no doubt that it owned me to quite some degree. Giving up caffeine actually proved to be harder than giving up the alcohol, which I would never have guessed. It took me months to give up caffeine, because every time I reached around 4 days, the withdrawal headache reached a point where I would cave in and have a coffee to relieve the headache. As now appears very obvious, this transpired to be a very foolish thing to do, each time resetting me to the beginning of the process, whereas if I had managed just to tolerate the headache for another few days, I would have avoided months of headaches and frustration, going around in a cycle that was leading nowhere.

Over the next few months my health slowly improved and somewhere around the six months mark, I noticed that my head felt very much clearer and the fog that had previously filled it had gone. I reckoned that the last time my head had felt so clear was when I was a teenager. I also found that I had gradually ceased writing myself lists and messages, and what really convinced me that I had healed was when my wife asked me something about yesterday and my recollection often seemed to be clearer than hers, which was a first for a very long time.

So with huge gratitude and appreciation to Serge Benhayon and to Universal Medicine for revealing to me what the choices I was making, including drinking alcohol and coffee, were actually doing to me, I declared quietly to myself that my early stage dementia was healed. I have no doubts whatsoever that without Universal Medicine, I would be a fully diagnosed dementia patient today.

From listening to Serge Benhayon, what I have come to understand about dementia is that it is related to presence or more to the point, lack of presence. Presence meaning to be with yourself, with whatever you are doing. Serge also introduced me to the concept of checking out, meaning to choose to not be present with yourself. So for example, if while I chop vegetables, I am thinking about the week ahead or a meeting coming up on Friday, instead of my mind being with my body while it is chopping, it is off in the future. Therefore I would be checking out, I would be not present with myself as I chop. Choosing to think about yesterday whilst doing any task is also checking out, because we have chosen not to be present with ourselves in that moment. So it is a really simple concept – if we choose to be in the past or the future rather than in the present moment, we are checking out, and the more that we do this, the more we are sowing the seeds of our own dementia.

As dementia progresses, it is well understood that the person’s clarity regarding who they are talking to and what is going on becomes less and less over time, until they have only rare lucid moments. If we look at this with respect to the presence and checking out paradigm, this fits and makes total sense. As the disease progresses, the person is less and less present, but is this what happens or is it actually the other way around? In other words, could the choice to check out and not be present, be the cause of dementia?

Some facts

Dementia affects over 830,000 people in the UK. Around 23 million of the UK population have a close friend or family member with dementia, and we are not many years away from everyone in the UK being personally affected by dementia, either directly or indirectly. As well as the huge personal cost, dementia costs the UK economy £23 billion a year, which is far more than double the combined costs of cancer and heart disease. Breaking the numbers down, each dementia patient costs the UK economy £27,647 each year, compared to each cancer patient £5,999 and each heart patient £3,455. (1) Unfortunately the problem is not a stable one, but rather a rapidly growing and developing one. The number of people worldwide suffering with dementia is forecast to double within the next 20 years. (2) All the organisations looking into this are focused on how to manage the coming crisis and no one appears to be considering possible causes. For example the main focus of the UK Department of Health Dementia report (November 2013) (3) is on the fact that less than half of dementia cases are diagnosed and when they are, the post-diagnosis support is inadequate. So the problem is even worse than we think it is already and the Health System is already struggling to cope with the 50% of the people with dementia who have been diagnosed.

So with each dementia patient costing £27,647 each year and rising (and this is just one of many diseases), it is not hard to see why the health systems around the world are heading for bankruptcy, as has been predicted by Serge Benhayon.

The next huge problem is that no one in medicine or in dementia research anywhere on the planet understands the cause of dementia or why it is growing so fast. None of the reports I have looked through even mention cause, except the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dementia Report, which only goes as far as to state: “Dementia is not a normal part of ageing”. (4,5) This is a fairly obvious conclusion, and if it is not a normal part of ageing, there must be something about the way we are living that is causing dementia. Therefore, when someone (namely Serge Benhayon) is proposing what might be the cause of dementia, perhaps we should at least investigate it, bearing in mind that we are heading for the bankruptcy of health systems everywhere, and a lot of checked out people.

I have also learned from Universal Medicine a technique called conscious presence, which if practiced increases one’s level of presence and therefore reduces checking out. I feel it could be a very powerful technique to share with those suffering from dementia and particularly those suffering from early stage dementia. So not only have Universal Medicine proposed the cause of dementia, they have also given us a technique to assist us to avoid or prevent it, as well as possibly even recover from it, if we have it in its early stages.

I have tested the simple hypothesis proposed by Serge Benhayon that dementia is caused by choosing to check out and not be present with myself, and that it can be helped by practising conscious presence, and have found it to be true for me. I am a case study of one, and there are many people like me, who could benefit from this simple loving wisdom and turn their lives around, with the help of Universal Medicine.


  1. Costs and dementia statistics quoted from:
  2. Growth in dementia statistics quoted from:
  3. UK Department of Health – State of the Nation Dementia report.
  4. WHO Dementia Report – overview                                         

1,256 thoughts on “Dementia – is it truly a mystery?

  1. Your article should be published in every newspaper to let the world know how simple it can be to turn this disease around with being present with one self. Now there is only sympathy with the ones who are affected by this disease and the ones getting it feel themselves the victim of this ‘mystery’ disease.

  2. Isn’t it strange how the very simple answers are right before our eyes and yet we choose to look the other way. Here we have the answer to a devastating disease and yet rather than take it many would prefer to spend zillions on research and continue to avoid taking responsibility for our lifestyle choices.

  3. It really is no mystery… We just have to join the dots… When you have full dementia, you are totally checked out… And then just look back in people’s lives to see when they did start to make the choice to not be truly involved in their own lives… It is this that must be addressed if we are to arrest this incredibly damaging slide of humanities health

  4. We need honest conversation about dementia, especially from people who are willing to admit that how they were living would have led to dementia if they had not changed their ways.

  5. It is interesting how the alarm bells do not sound more clearly when we gradually withdraw from life compared to when we experience a sudden shock to our health. By deeply attuning ourselves to our body and being consciously present within it we are in a much better position to pick up any deviation that may occur, as it begins to happen. Although by virtue of this stance, such a deviation is far less likely as we are living more present and alert within ourselves. In this sense we can say that ‘prevention is better than the cure’.

  6. Beautiful sharing Doug, and something that is truly needed with dementia on the increase, every moment we check out we move the scales further towards the possibility of getting dementia in the future, taking responsibility for our thoughts and staying present is a great start to balancing the scale out.

  7. Thanks Doug, the stats you’ve provided are shocking and ought to have us collectively demanding some answers as to why this condition is becoming so commonplace. What you’ve offered is profound and in my experience also makes a lot of sense.

  8. It makes sense that what we are accepting for ourselves in what we consume or allow to emotionally affect our body over time dulls our awareness and leads to longer periods of checking out from truly engaging with life.

  9. The statistics here are absolutely alarming. To not begin to investigate what Doug has shared here is a gross misconduct to humanity. Or is it we who don’t want to know that each of us is responsible for our health and wellbeing?

  10. If we choose to not be present with ourselves and committed to the life we live then we will gradually begin to withdraw more and more away from this expression until what is left behind is simply a shell of our former self that is left to weather the world without a compass. No doubt this is a terrifying position to find oneself in and so we must begin to retrace our steps with the fullness of our love in every one and help one another know our place in the geography of our hearts.

    1. I just love this Liane, when you put words on a page I often feel myself melt. I don’t like quoting from other people’s comments but in this instance, it is so beautiful that I make an exception: “so we must begin to retrace our steps with the fullness of our love in every one and help one another know our place in the geography of our hearts.” Wow, what a world we could build together if we all lived this one sentence.

  11. I love this Ingrid, so simple and obvious once it has been said but yet we don’t choose to see it. We are all slowly poisoning ourselves and if we cease this then our health will improve. It is so so simple.

  12. This is such a great example of the fact that so many of our illnesses and diseases are a direct result of our lifestyle choices; the way we are living is actually slowing killing us, or if not killing us leaving us living in a state that is not really living at all, just simply surviving. So it follows then that if we are slowly ‘poisoning’ ourselves by the way we are living that if we begin to make self-loving changes in our lifestyle that our health will change as well; now that makes total sense and definitely not a mystery.

  13. When we become ill it is always important to reflect back on the lead up to that illness – and that’s the tricky thing, for all too often we think we just wake up one day and we are suddenly being affected by it but there is always a pathway or trajectory that has allowed it to manifest.

  14. If Doug has managed to turn his life around through the change in lifestyle then how many others could benefit from making similar choices. We cry at the illness and the devastation of dementia, but we want a fix, a cure, not anything that asks us to be more responsible in our health behaviours and the lives we lead.

  15. This is such a great blog Doug as you share with us first hand your experience and the huge turnaround you have made that has changed your life dramatically by starting to self care and make choices for your body that are truly supportive. Checking out is a huge issue for a lot of people, so it’s a huge support to have your experience and sharing what turned it all around, for others to read.

  16. There’s a knowingness that we can have about life, including what truly lies at the root of our illnesses and diseases, that makes so-called inexplicable phenomena simple to understand. Currently, the cause of dementia is ‘unclear’ from a medical perspective: that it is the result of long-term lack of conscious presence and unwillingness to be 100% present in life makes total sense. Would a thorough experiment, conducted along the lines of Doug’s own, provide the evidence that is required?

    1. I am sure that you are right Victoria, with all the amazing brains in the field of medical research it surely wold not be hard to devise an experiment to test out this theory and relatively inexpensive too.

  17. It would be great if as a society we built a much stronger relationship with the word numb and numbing. What does it mean ‘to numb’ the body. Before i would only have thought of this in regard to pain, perhaps relief from something uncomfortable, an anesthesia. But what if we explore this as a concept much more widely and recognise that relief from discomfort is happening on a daily basis. Any choice we make to not feel could be a numbing, if we appreciate this then dementia may be better understood, as we have a deeper awareness of when we are stepping away from embracing life, something that describes the energetic outplay of dementia in regards to the function of the brain and the disengagement that has taken place.

    1. I agree Stephen, numbing is a global wide phenomenon yet no one is raising it as the huge issue it is. It is important to realise that numbing is a choice, we choose to numb ourselves, no one does it to us and secondly numbing is a stepping away from a commitment to life and there is again little to no emphasis out there as to the importance of committing in full to life. Without doing so we are heading for disease.

  18. When I used to play video games I would feel very disorientated and disconnected to the world around me, even today I can feel this if looking down at my phone with the intention of checking out. It can be 5 minutes or an hour the affect is the same once I look up and come back to reality. My understanding is that Dementia is that disorientated fog but constantly. Living life on screens and technology will only make matters worse.

    1. Dementia is affecting people at younger and younger ages and the checking out with screens will I am sure, be shown to be a big factor here along with all the other harming distractions being indulged in to check out more and more by our youth but of course also by all.

      1. I have recently taken an interest in the caring profession and I did some research on dementia. And I completely agree in that it is affecting people at younger ages, if not caught in the 20’s/30’s I could see it getting worse by the time they are 60/70.

  19. This is mind blowing and a wake up call for everyone that is blessed by reading this blog, this is all of our problem, not just those that are currently affected by this growing and shocking condition, thank you for sharing your personal story, it supports humanity in a huge way.

  20. The cost of dementia financially is jaw dropping let alone the devastation it causes to families, so for you to heal this through choosing to commit to life and be present within it is just beyond extraordinary and a story that people need to hear. To know that we have the power to control our own ill health in this way through the responsibility we choose, is remarkable and would absolutely revolutionize society and the impact that such a debilitating condition has on it.

    1. Yes and taking the steps to avoid dementia would improve our health in every other area too. No one makes any money out of it either. No pills with side effects for the rest of your life, you simply start to make different choices about how you live.

  21. ‘I recall my life around that time being a sort of terror’ … and to imagine that many people live in this way and do not have the resources you note here is deeply sad. Where are we as a society that we would sit back and watch more and more of our fellow human beings disappear and succumb to dementia. This should be front page news that asks all of us to stop and say there has to be another way. Your experience in turning this around is something to be studied … as the WHO put it so well ‘dementia is not a normal part of aging’ and we all need to remember that.

    1. Beautifully said Monica. How can we all sit back and do nothing whilst the number of dementia sufferers continues to explode? We don’t even care about the £26 billion we are wasting on the cost of dementia every year in the UK alone. Dementia is an avoidable illness. If you understand the cause and care enough about yourself to take steps not to be another dementia statistic, you can ensure you avoid it.

  22. It is important to understand that dementia is not a disease that develops in a short time but is a gradually build up already from early in our lives. How present we have chosen to be or not makes the difference and checking out is at the bases. In a way I can fear the near future for many in our society as checking out from actual life in our modern days is more the norm that living otherwise, so what will this bring to my fellow human beings in their elderly years? It is not needed to end up with a reduced awareness when we are old, it is just a state of being we have accepted to be a normal but actually it is not and in that we are ignoring the fact that we are so much more and that the process of dementia is already starting from young from living in this ignorance.

    1. Didn’t the elderly used to be the wisest and those looked up to. It is not that the world has stopped respecting the wisdom of the elderly but rather that the elderly have given up on being wise.

  23. ..’And if caffeine races and stresses my physiology – which it does – why do I need to do that to myself several times a day? Was my high blood pressure related to my use of these two drugs? Were my memory issues also related to how I was choosing to live?’ Just being open and asking these questions is a great step into delving deeper into what’s truly going on. Great blog Doug.

  24. We do seem transfixed on finding an answer that we are not responsible for – the study of epigenetics begins to reveal the effects of our choices on our health and looking into areas such as this further would be a start to bringing further understanding to our responsibility in how we live and of therefore being healthy.

    1. The fact is through how we live we cause our own dementia. Yes no one wants to know this or take any responsibility, far preferring to have someone or something else to blame, but such avoidance will not stop the rapidly escalating dementia statistics.

  25. It is interesting to consider why there is no willingness by science to investigate that what Serge Benhayon is presenting on being the root cause of dementia. Is it deliberate or part of the problem that we willingly decrease our awareness, as in dementia, and by that action are not able to value or notice that what Serge presents as being the key to a true healing and the end of dementia?

  26. It’s a great question, to figure out if the reason for something happening to you is because of a way that you are living. So simple, but it puts you firmly back in the driving seat and in charge of how you feel and what you are going to choose next.

    1. We will only be able to turn the tide with our ill health and disease when we realise that we are the creators of our own reality and not the victims of it.

  27. Is it possible that the part of us that is determined to hold onto being individual would rather lose itself to dementia than let go of the idea of our being separate from the whole? For wouldn’t owning that we are indeed part of the All suggest we need to live responsibly in a way that took the whole into consideration? Crazy really.

  28. Thank you for being the case study of one so far Doug, as to me this proves already sufficiently that there is a relationship between our lifestyle choices and how we develop our awareness or unawareness over time. For instance choosing to check out during the day, something to me we all know so well, not being present with where you are or with what you are doing is the normal way of being for many. Why are we doing that in the first place I do question, why do we choose for this way of being while there is also another way to live, in conscious presence in all that we do and which is so much more natural to us too? Could it be that we as a collective are avoiding this way of being and therefore continue to choose a life in which we withdraw from our natural way of being already from young?

    1. Great questions Nico. We need to be asking such questions if we are going to expand our awareness of what is really going on. Another question might be why do we resist so strongly developing our awareness in favour of choosing not to know? Because yes we are actually choosing ignorance over greater awareness.

      1. Yes Doug, while to me it cost a lot of effort to continuously ignore the greater awareness that is there for us to return to because the opportunities to reconnect to it are constantly presented to us, on every corner of the street so to say. But we say no and choose to be ignorant of that awareness we actually all know so well. To me it is related with responsibility as with increasing our awareness we automatically will feel a greater responsibility because we will see the relationship of our behaviour with the mess we are in.

      2. Maybe this is the case Doug, but to me there is also the aspect that we do know as I can read in the newspapers and hear on the news. But what I see and hear is that we consciously let out of the equation that we ourselves are part of the problem which we are facing but instead try to look for the answers outside of ourselves. But I am sure, there we will never find the answers that are needed and in fact this is the irresponsibility we all have to tackle one day but still are choosing for because for what choosing this irresponsibility brings to us which is the comfortable lives we are so attached to.

      3. It’s true Nico, all the searching for solutions are outside of ourselves, looking to blame anything other than our own errant behaviour. Humanity is yet to see the huge irresponsibility that it embraces or to see that there is no comfort in comfort. But so long as we are in avoidance of looking at these things everything will continue to get worse until we are forced to look at them.

  29. I would like to see your blog read by as many people as possible with the view to opening us up to the possibility of a different perspective on dementia. Thank you Doug.

  30. Thanks Victoria. I feel that everyone’s focus is on managing a worsening situation and of course some may be considering how they can profit from it by inventing a pill that reduces the symptoms slightly. No one is looking for true answers.

  31. Doug, so true – we have with Universal Medicine not only an understanding of dementia but the remedy for it (provided we’re on to it early enough). It will take a while though for the simplicity of what is on offer here to be accepted: everyone’s still too busy looking for a cure rather than healing what needs to be healed.

  32. Thank You Doug for sharing this. Very Good information. The concept of “checking out” makes simple sense. We all too often are distracted with our thoughts. I left an occupation not long ago because the demand of multitasking became too difficult. I was tested and actually given a diagnosis of pseudo-dementia because of the similar symptoms thought to be related to stress.

  33. When the financial consequences are spelt out on what is actually the cost of all these illnesses that are plaguing our society, it surely must develop into being an absolute priority to understand why we have not got it, and to look for the truth, where ever and whenever it is presented.

    1. I agree with you totally Chris, when we know the costs as we do and have projections that those costs are spiralling upwards, how can we not be putting any priority to finding answers. It seems that all our resources and efforts are going into how to manage the worsening situation instead of how can we avoid it.

      1. With all of these costs, and the ones mentioned in this blog are only covering one disease alone, it makes me wonder how exactly are the health systems still ticking along? Because if we threw in the figures for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and all the others – how is this all still going? Or like you’ve shared Doug in your own case of hiding the condition away until it reached a point, how much is tucked away in our health systems not being disclosed? something doesn’t quite make sense…

  34. I am finding more and more so that presence is the key in many ways to a healthy life and also that presence is not simply an on off switch but that there are ever deeper levels of presence available to one willing to commit to being present in their own life.

  35. It is interesting – there is a rise in dementia no doubt… especially with an ageing population. And we have more means of checking out than ever before, be that through TV and entertainment or through alcohol and drugs. So if we spend a lifetime checking out, is there any wonder that when we come to our later years the mind simply cannot stay present?

  36. Dementia starts 20 to 30 years before we have the full blown disease and is caused by checking out as explained in the article. At anytime in those 20 to 30 years we can start to choose to be more present and therefore avoid dementia. It is that simple. We don’t need a pill that keeps us alive longer once we have already lost the knowing of who we are. Sure that may be the profitable option but it serves humanity not one bit. It is caused by how we live and can be avoided by how we live.

  37. “Inspired by this common sense, I started to question many of the choices I had been making” Serge Benhayon consistently presents common sense as in if you live with your mind disconnected from your body you will forget who you are. ­

  38. “Were my memory issues also related to how I was choosing to live?” A great question Doug, I feel our lifestyle choices do have a significant impact on our health and it makes sense in the way you have described that this would encourage the body to check out and disengage with life.

  39. Doug this is a thoroughly good read, and really brings home the point that every choice we make has a consequence, and we are the ones who make our own choices. It was not until I came across Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon that I actually stopped to consider the choices that I was making and the effect that they had on my body and my health.

  40. Incredible sharing Doug, it still astounds me that healing an ailment can be so simple, but we continuously choose not to see it. The lack of responsibility for our own choices is poison to the body.

    1. The irresponsibility in human life is like a tsunami it is so massive and all engulfing. Irresponsibility towards self first and also towards all others is at the root of all our ills.

  41. Me too Sandra. This happens every time to me if I check out. I can lock the house up get in the car and if I was not present I cannot remember whether I locked the door or not, so I have to go and check. I know I am wasting my time checking it is always locked, but because I was on auto pilot I have no recollection of it whatsoever. I feel being present is the key to avoiding dementia.

  42. “I have tested the simple hypothesis proposed by Serge Benhayon that dementia is caused by choosing to check out and not be present with myself, and that it can be helped by practising conscious presence, and have found it to be true for me.” I also know for myself Doug, that when I choose to check out I do not remember things, but when I choose to stay consciously present I am so focused, energised and efficient that the difference in me is quite significant. What you are sharing here is so important as it really does have the potential to change not only lives, but the state of our health services and our care homes, should it become accepted as a mainstream approach to treating cases of dementia, particulary those in their early stages.

  43. This is science at it best Doug. What has been offered here can change the lives of so many on the planet and arrest global bankruptcy in many health systems around the world. Thank you for sharing your experience and bringing these simple technique to the broader community.

  44. Every time I read this article I am struck by how simple it can be to halt a disease in its tracks. All it takes is the willingness of the person to begin to make changes in how we live and what we consume. What continues to plague me at times, and I am sure many others, is the arrogance that talks us out of living how we innately feel to. Facing this arrogance and ignoring it is a process and at times a challenging one, but one I am choosing to now make my path through life.

  45. So many of us check out and escape, without giving it a second thought. After all isn’t it part of normal life to escape into films, TV, books, social media and daydream etc? So no surprise then that dementia has become so rife in society today. Learning about conscious presence through the Wisdom teachings of Serge Benhayon was a wake up call for me. I had never considered the dangers of ‘checking out’ before. Learning to be with myself – and stay – without perfection, has given me a more healthy outlook on life and – in my late sixties – reduced the possibility of dementia.

  46. Thank you Doug, I was shocked at the figures of costs per annum of dementia sufferers, it’s about 5.5 times the cost of a cancer sufferer and it is really amazing that we are not asking more questions about what is going on. The WHO report you mention is important as it flags that dementia is not a normal part of aging but it feels like many in society are not really looking at this and have just given up, that give up in itself of course may lead to dementia, as it’s very hard to stay present with ourselves when we give up on us and on life. We all need to get a little more honest here as you’ve done Doug, in ourselves and as a society as a whole to ask how we are living and how we enabling each other to live in a way that means we are getting sicker and loosing our spark and vitality as we age. This is not normal and that should be a starting point to acknowledge and to begin honest and open enquiries with ourselves and others to understand our life choices and their impact on us. As you show here Doug there is much we ourselves can do to support all of us with this crisis.

    1. The truth is as a society we write off older people, retire them off and consign them to old peoples homes etc. What we all need to be healthy is to have true purpose and the way we treat old people is a travesty. Retirement is painted as a goal to put your feet up after a a few decades of contributing to society and effectively be free to do nothing. But we are designed to work and we need work for our health. We need to start to value older people and help them to start valuing themselves and then encourage them to work until their last breath. Realising that they have much to give to society rather than writing them off. One day we will wake up and feel how disgustingly we treat old people these days.

  47. A great personal sharing Doug, which makes it a truly remarkable read. Your personal research backed by statistics and also Serge Benhayon’s information, make for serious consideration of your outcome.

  48. Love the honesty in which you express in this blog Doug. To be willing to explore and expose the damage of caffeine and alcohol on your health, which you found was adding to the cause of early dementia, is something we all need to be aware of.
    “I started to question many of the choices I had been making ­– and making for a very long time. For example, if alcohol is a poison, which also anaesthetises all my senses – and it is – why had I been putting it in my body daily for so many years? And if caffeine races and stresses my physiology – which it does – why do I need to do that to myself several times a day? Was my high blood pressure related to my use of these two drugs? Were my memory issues also related to how I was choosing to live?”

  49. Thank you for sharing the stats on dementia. It is costing us a huge amount of money. Since no one knows the cause, it is certainly worth considering the question you pose – ‘could the choice to check out and not be present, be the cause of dementia?’ Your story is something the medical profession should be studying.

  50. A very worthwhile and well researched article on a phenomena that is affecting all levels of society, in seemingly all cultures and that will be ignored at our peril

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