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Dementia is Preventable Through Lifestyle. Start Now: Max Lugavere (Transcript)

Max Lugavere

Max Lugavere is a health and science journalist and content creator focused on evidenced-based principles of healthy aging, cognitive performance, and neurodegenerative disease prevention.

Here is the full text of Max’ talk titled ‘Dementia is Preventable Through Lifestyle. Start Now.’ at TEDxVeniceBeach conference.

Max Lugavere – TEDx TRANSCRIPT

Hi everybody. I want to begin with a quick little exercise if you will indulge me.

I want you all to close your eyes – don’t worry, this is not going to be a meditation – just close your eyes for a few seconds.

And I want you to picture somebody that has dementia. Okay, what does the term “dementia” evoke for you? Maybe you have a relative with the disease. Maybe you’ve seen a documentary recently. There’s no right or wrong answer.

Just get that image in your mind’s eye.

Now I want you to open your eyes, and if the image you had in your head looks something like the person you see on the screen in front of you, I want you to raise your hand. All right, that’s quite a bit of people.

Now I want you to raise your hand if the image you had in your head looks somebody like the person that you see on screen now. Okay. Much less people.

This is my mother. And her name is Kathy, and she has dementia, and I love her very much. And when I had to come to terms with the fact that my mom was showing the initial signs of memory loss in her 50s a couple of years ago, it was an incredibly traumatic experience for me. And it’s still, to this day, incredibly heartbreaking to have to acknowledge.

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