dementia

In this week’s Medical Minute, Dr. Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, discusses growing evidence that dementia, which is usually associated with aging, may actually get its start during much earlier years. 


In the late 19th Century, Lulu Hurst transfixed audiences as the "Georgia Wonder." An electrical storm supposedly gave the teenager supernatural powers to catapult grown men from chairs. She performed on stages from Cedartown, Georgia, to the East Coast and Midwest.

Hurst appeared in front of members of congress and government scientists. She was tested by Alexander Graham Bell, the faculty at Mercer University and the Medical College of Georgia - all baffled by mysterious force of the "electric maid."

 


Morgan Rowe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects the number of people over age 65 to double by 2030, and the Alzheimer’s Association projects the disease will increase by nearly 27% in Georgia by 2025. Meanwhile, the number of people trained to care for those with cognitive and physical degeneration is not keeping up.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is working to fill that gap.