Browsing All posts tagged under »Alzheimer’s disease«

New Push For Early Testing, Treatment For Dementia – WSJ.com

February 28, 2013

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A new push is under way to improve screening and follow-up care for patients with dementia, the devastating loss of brain function that impairs memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior. With no cure and little in the way of treatment, experts have long debated the value of screening for the condition. But newer research suggests […]

Baby Boomers are Big – in more ways than one.

February 22, 2013

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One of the challenges for health care providers these days is helping patients to help themselves. The success or failure of the transformation currently under way in our field hinges to a large degree on empowering individuals to take more responsibility for their health and for their health care. A couple of studies have come out […]

Keeping seniors at home and safe requires some thought

February 18, 2013

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could push a button and make the home safe for the age of the residents?  Unfortunately, that isn’t possible which means that we need to be proactive. I remember seeing the burned notices on the side of my grandmother’s refrigerator that faced the stove.  She had left something on the […]

Kids don’t try this at home – aging is not for the faint of heart

February 15, 2013

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Aging is not for the faint of heart.  My elderly grandfather used to say, “Rick, don’t grow old, it isn’t any fun, but I guess it is better than the alternative.”  The older I get the more I agree with him.  I now know that the wisdom that comes with age has a price. Sometimes […]

10 Strategies for Dementia Caregiving | downtown-houston

January 13, 2013

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In 2006 the Greater Iowa Chapter Alzheimer’s Association published 10 real life strategies for dementia caregiving. Caregivers often use intuition to help decide what to do. Unfortunately, dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is counter-intuitive.  Often the right thing to do is exactly opposite of  that which seems like the right thing to do. […]

Dementia diagnosis, how to uphold the dignity of the patient. | downtown-houston

January 13, 2013

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Anyone who has had a serious medical condition knows that getting medical care can seem dehumanizing.  According to Webster’s dictionary dignity is defined as “the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect”. It is important that members of the medical community, caregivers and family members work to uphold the dignity of the person with […]

“Alternate reality” and dementia patients

December 17, 2012

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All of us have a reality that we perceive and it generally agrees with the reality that others perceive,  this allows us to live together in a society.  But, what happens when our reality becomes out of step with the rest of the population?  This is a situation we generally leave to police and medical professionals. At […]