Insight into Joe Biden’s Speech Patterns from a Doctor’s Perspective

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As a geriatrician, I often discuss the effects of aging with my patients. I wish I could share my insights with those who question President Joe Biden’s fitness for his job.

Memory is a key aspect of aging. There are three components to consider: formation, storage, and recall. Slow recall is joint among seniors, known as the “tip of the tongue” phenomenon. It’s like a word or name is hiding, even though it’s in your memory. With time, the memory usually comes back.

Age-associated memory impairment can start in a person’s 30s and gradually progress. It’s a nuisance but not disabling. If you use phrases like “whatchamacallit,” you probably have it. But don’t worry, it’s a normal part of aging.

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On the other hand, Alzheimer’s disease is a different story. It affects the ability to store new memories while keeping old memories accessible.

However, recalling recent events or information becomes challenging. Alzheimer’s is a debilitating condition that affects behavior and physical skills.

Fortunately, President Biden shows no signs of Alzheimer’s disease. He references new events and creates new memories efficiently. His speech may sometimes be slow, partly due to a chronic speech impediment.

Biden has struggled with stuttering since childhood, which can affect his public speaking. Critics often exploit this and stereotypes about older people to create a false narrative about his intellectual abilities.

In my practice, I’ve seen many high-functioning seniors like President Biden. One example is Melvin Spears, a 96-year-old lawyer who continues to offer well-targeted advice despite his age-related challenges.

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Seniors like Spears and Biden compensate for slower reaction times with superior knowledge and judgment, which are invaluable qualities for leadership.

The presidency doesn’t require lightning-quick reflexes. Biden’s decades of experience and judgment offer more than speed in decision-making.

Actuarial tables show that at 81 years old, Biden has a life expectancy of nearly eight more years, well beyond a second term. Given his overall health and the absence of cognitive impairment, he will likely complete a second term with stable cognition.

All candidates for political office should be evaluated based on their accomplishments and capabilities, not their age. Seniors should not be stereotyped or ridiculed for their natural traits.

If the American people disagree with President Biden’s policies, they should support his opponent, but age should not determine their judgment.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.