MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Forgetting things like what you ate for breakfast in the morning can be scary.
According to Dr. Jain, a Texas Tech physician, when suffering from a form of dementia, the first thing people lose is their recent memories.
"We are only seeing the tip of the ice burg. As the major baby boomers will get older in the next two or three decades the prevalence of dementia is only going to rise," said Jain.
Right now there are more than 3 million dementia cases diagnosed each year.
As the boomer generation begins to fall under the geriatric scope, it could create a problem.
"The sad part about this is that very few psychiatrists professionalized in geriatric psychology or psychology literature for older folks. So we need some resources and training to deal with the huge avalanche of folks coming with dementia in the next ten to twenty years," said Jain.
Lack of resources can create a cycle that leads to lack of sufficient health care.
There are multiple types of dementia, but Alzheimer's disease is the most common.
Dr. Jain says that for the people that fall in the baby boomer generation, their best option is to start preventative practices now.
"We can mitigate the effect of aging by engaging certain behaviors that can be very protective. Exercising is known to be very helpful in preventing dementia. Engaging your brain, the old dictum, "If you don't lose it, you lose it" is very, very true in dementia. So the more we use our brain, particularly at our later part of our life stage... the more effective it is in preventing dementia." said Jain.
Not everyone gets a form of dementia, but everyone ages.
Dr. Jain says that the preventative practices can be beneficial to anyone, regardless of age, because they’re just good habits to have.