Decreased cognitive function that comes with age has been described by doctors for millennia. Once referred to as senility, it was considered normal. With the evolution of modern medicine, senility was shown not to be inevitable in the elderly but was associated with specific pathological changes in brain tissue that can be visualized with CAT scans, MRIs, and brain tissue biopsies.
Thus, the term dementia replaced senility. While there are many causes of dementia, the most common are Alzheimer’s, multi-infarct dementia (from multiple strokes), Lewy Body dementia and Parkinson’s.
President Biden almost certainly suffers from one of these entities as can been seen by has recent behavior. While symptoms can vary, dementia often has certain characteristics: loss of short-term memory, irritability, lack of a diplomatic filter in conversations and increased irrationality.
This was highlighted by the decision of Special Counsel Robert Hur not to indict Biden for violating the laws on classified documents. But his reasoning was fascinating. While Hur said that Biden was obviously guilty, he felt that no jury would ever convict Biden because, “At trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” Hur even noted that Biden could not remember the years he was Vice President or when his son passed away. And he has the transcripts and video tape to prove it.
Biden reacted viciously to this analysis and called an impromptu press conference that proved Hur’s point. While he was ranting incoherently that his memory was fine, he confused the president of Egypt with the president of Mexico. The First Lady, Jill Biden, was livid his advisors allowed this.
Recently, he referred to the president of France as Francois Mitterrand (who died in 1996) and the president of Germany as Helmut Kohl (who died in 2017). Again, this is typical of dementia. The president retains long-term memory, but short-term memory is fading.