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Former Vice President Joe Biden is not the same Joe Biden who served as former President Barack Obama's right-hand man. Today's Joe Biden is a shell of the man he used to be.

He is the subject of mean-spirited internet memes and insensitive nicknames such as "Dementia Joe" and "Creepy Joe."

There is even a website, joebidenhasdementia.com, that documents every instance of Biden's apparent mental decline.

Despite his momentary mental lapses, Biden insists he does not have dementia. But his critics aren't so sure.

What is Dementia?

Dementia describes a group of neurological symptoms affecting memory, thought process, language, problem-solving, mobility and activities of daily living.

What causes dementia?

Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia. Other common causes of dementia include head trauma, Parkinson's disease, strokes, HIV/AIDS, medications, and vascular disorders that affect blood supply to the brain. There are more than 50 conditions that can cause dementia.

Causes of dementia that can easily be reversed include hypothyroidism, vitamin B12 deficiency, Lyme disease, and neurosyphilis. Hearing loss may also be associated with dementia.

What is Senile Dementia?

Senile dementia is the long-term loss of cognitive, physical and intellectual ability caused by degeneration of brain cells. The condition is associated with old age and is incurable. Approximately 10% of people over the age of 65 have senile dementia.

People with senile dementia will exhibit a decrease in cognitive and physical abilities, including inability to concentrate, recall information, problem-solve, speak, or feed and dress themselves without assistance.

Signs & Symptoms

Early signs of senile dementia include memory loss, forgetfulness, insomnia, confusion, disorientation (not knowing day or date), word salad (random words or phrases that don't make sense), fatigue, poor physical coordination (falling down often), withdrawing socially, poor short-term memory.

Late stage signs of senile dementia include gradual weight loss caused by forgetting to eat or lack of appetite, unable to remember family members, wandering and getting lost, loss of all cognitive ability, loss of communication, poor short-term and long-term memory, poor personal hygiene, unable to bathe or dress self, loss of mobility, incontinence (involuntary defecation or urination), violent outbursts, visual and auditory hallucinations.

Treatment

There is no cure for senile dementia. Medications are prescribed to manage the symptoms. The medications are Aricept (donepezil), Excelon (rivastigmine) and Reminyl (galantamine).

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More Info on the Web

13 Types of Dementia, Symptoms, Causes | Medicinenet.com

10 Early Symptoms of Dementia | Healthline

Dementia - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments | alz.org
 

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Joe Biden held a "virtual roundtable" on Thursday afternoon after fellow Democrats begged him to come out of the basement and speak to the people.

Biden, who reportedly suffers from senile dementia, struggled badly while trying to discuss the coronavirus.

The roundtable featured Biden along with embattled Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, discussing the coronavirus pandemic.

When it was Biden's turn to talk, the 77-year-old struggled while trying to read off a teleprompter. He said more than 85,000 jobs have been lost and millions of people have died from the coronavirus. The numbers should have been the other way around.

It was sad to watch.

"We're ... in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today. Lives of millions of people. Millions of people. Millions of jobs. You know, and we're in a position where, you know we just got new unemployment insurance, this morning, uh, numbers — 36.5 million claims since this crisis began."

President Donald Trump -- who has no pity for Biden's mental decline -- belittled the former vice president on Thursday.

Trump said, "Joe has absolutely no idea what's happening... He doesn't know he's alive."

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Joe Biden will begin vetting his choices for vice president when he forms a selection panel on Friday, May 1.

Biden backed himself into a corner when he vowed he would pick a female as his running mate. He has been under intense pressure to pick a woman of color.

Biden's short list of female candidates includes Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, California Senator Kamala Harris and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Abrams is eager to be the country's first Black and female vice president. The failed gubernatorial candidate gave Biden an ultimatum: either pick me, or lose the Black vote.

"I would be an excellent running mate," Abrams insisted in an interview with Elle magazine last week. "I am prepared and excited to serve."

On Wednesday, Abrams went from suggesting herself as vice president to making threats if Biden doesn't choose her.

During an appearance on ABC's "The View," Abrams said she was "concerned" that Biden might not pick a Black woman.

"Women of color, particularly Black women, are the strongest part of the Democratic Party. The most loyal. But that loyalty isn't simply how we vote, it's how we work," she said.

Abrams added that the 77-year-old Biden risks losing the Black vote if he doesn't pick a Black woman.

Abrams, 46, is certainly the liberal news media's choice for VP by far.

"Everybody knows you're extremely qualified," Gayle King told Abrams on Tuesday.

Abrams was unable to convince Georgians to elect her as their governor in 2018. She still refuses to concede the race to Gov. Brian Kemp.

Are Americans ready for a Black female president if Biden, who reportedly has dementia, suddenly dies or becomes incapable of performing his duties as president?
 

FYI: An earlier version of this post said Biden will announce his VP pick on May 1. In fact, he is expected to form a selection panel to vet his VP choices on May 1.

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Joe Biden has a sordid reputation for inappropriately touching minor children over the years. A video clip of Biden rambling on about children rubbing his hairy legs went viral on the Internet over the weekend.

In the video, Biden addresses a group of Black women and children on the campaign trail in Wilmington, N.C. He discussed the time he worked as a lifeguard at a desegregated swimming pool.

The video clip first made the rounds back in September, according to The Blaze. If the video is taken down before you get a chance to watch it, here is what he said.

"And by the way, you know I sit on the stand and it'd get hot. I got hairy legs that... turn blonde in the sun. The kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and watch the hair come back up again. They'd look at it. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap."

Supporters say the video was taken out of context. The "roach" comment was in reference to something someone said earlier about roaches.

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Former President Barack Obama has made it clear that his former vice president should not be the Democratic nominee.

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Yesterday, the sports world was rocked by the heartbreaking news that legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt had been diagnosed with early onset dementia. The winner of eight national NCAA titles with the Tennessee Vols is only 59.

Imagine being 59 and finding out that you will soon wear adult diapers and be unable to care for yourself or maintain control of your most basic bodily functions.

The diagnosis was made after the Hall of Fame coach said she visited with doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., after the end of the 2010-11 basketball season.

When Ms. Summitt was given her diagnosis she said she reacted with anger and depression. Then she accepted her diagnosis and eventually shared it with her student athletes. She told them she plans to continue coaching with the aide of her assistant coaches.

"I plan to continue to be your coach," Summitt said. "Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days."

Next to cancer, dementia is the worst type of diagnosis for an energetic woman like Pat Summitt who is so full of life.

Dementia is a gradual loss of cognitive function (altered thought process) which leads to chronic memory loss and disorganized thinking. The onset of the disease usually begins after age 65 and can lead to Alzheimer's disease within 10 years of diagnosis. Dementia is rare under age 65.

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