Statistics and Memory

Thank you cousin Harvey Oshinsky for putting the world in a proper prospective.

The population of Earth is around 7.8 billion. For most people, that is a large figure. However, if you condensed 7.8 billion into 100 persons, the resulting analysis is much easier to comprehend.
Out of 100:11 are in Europe
5 are in North America
9 are in South America
15 are in Africa
60 are in Asia

49 live in the countryside
51 live in cities

75 have mobile phones
25 do not.

30 have internet access
70 do not have the availability to go online

7 received university education
93 did not attend college.

83 can read
17 are illiterate.

33 are Christians
22 are Muslims
14 are Hindus
7 are Buddhists
12 are other religions
12 have no religious beliefs.

26 live less than 14 years
66 died between 15 – 64 years of age
8 are over 65 years old.

So, if you have your own home,
Eat full meals and drink clean water,
Have a mobile phone,
Can surf the internet, and
have gone to college,
You are in the minuscule, privileged lot of less than 7%.

Amongst 100 persons in the world, only 8 live or exceed the age of 65.

If you are over 65 years old, be content and grateful. Cherish life, grasp the moment.

If you did not leave this world before the age of 64 like the 92 persons who have gone before you, you are already the blessed amongst mankind.

Take good care of your own health. Cherish every remaining moment.

If you think you are suffering memory loss (Anosognosia), don’t worry.

In the following analysis the French Professor Bruno Dubois, Director of the Institute of Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease (IMMA) at La Pitié-Salpêtrière – Paris Hospitals, addresses the subject in a rather reassuring way:

“If anyone is aware of their memory problems, they do not have Alzheimer’s.” It often happens that people 60 years and older complain that they lack memory. They …1. forget the names of families.2. do not remember where they put some things.”The information is always in the brain, it is the “processor” that is lacking.”

This is “Anosognosia” or temporary forgetfulness.

Half of the people 60 and older have some symptoms that are due to age rather than disease. The most common causes are:
– forgetting the name of a person,
– going to a room in the house, and not remembering why they were going there,
– a blank memory for a movie title, or actor, an actress,
– a waste of time searching where we left our glasses or keys.After 60 years most people have such difficulty which indicates that it is not a disease, but rather a characteristic due to the passage of years.

Many people are concerned about these oversights, hence the importance of the following statements:1.”Those who are conscious of being forgetful have no serious problem of memory.”
2. “Those who suffer from a memory illness such as Alzheimer’s are not aware of what is happening.”

Professor Bruno Dubois, Director of IMMA, reassures the majority of people concerned about their oversights:

“The more we complain about memory loss, the less likely we are to suffer from memory sickness.”

Now for a little neurological test. Only use your eyes!

1- Find the C in the table below!


2- If you found the C, then find the 6 in the table below.


3- Now find the N in the table below. Attention, it’s a little more difficult!


If you pass these three tests without problem:
– you can cancel your annual visit to the neurologist.
– your brain is in perfect shape!
– you are far from having any hint of Alzheimer’s.


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