The Broken Lens of BPSD: Why We Need to Rethink the Way We Label the Behavior of People Who Live With Alzheimer Disease

For the past 20  years, the behaviors of people who live with dementia (PLWD) that others find challenging or problematic have primarily been ascribed to Alzheimer disease and related dementias and have been assessed through the biomedical lens of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). This has led to the root causes of these behaviors being overlooked, which in turn leaves them unaddressed. Further, using the artificial construct of BPSD has led to many PLWD being inappropriately prescribed (off-label) medications that are largely ineffective in resolving the behaviors because they do not hing to remedy the underlying psychosocial and environmental causes.
Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association - Category: Health Management Authors: Tags: Controversies in Long Term Care Source Type: research

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DiscussionMCI prevalence varied among Hispanic/Latino backgrounds, but not as widely as reported in the previous studies. CVD risk and depressive symptoms were associated with increased MCI, whereas APOE4 was not, suggesting alternative etiologies for MCI among diverse Hispanics/Latinos. Our findings suggest that mitigating CVD risk factors may offer important pathways to understanding and reducing MCI and possibly dementia among diverse Hispanics/Latinos.
Source: Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
AbstractBackgroundA large proportion of our older adults live with Alzheimer ’s disease and related dementias, and the number of those diagnosed in the future is expected to increase dramatically as the population ages. Persons with dementia bring unique healthcare challenges due to the manifestation of behavioral and psychological symptoms associated with the disease. The lack of geriatric clinicians as well as a properly trained non-geriatric specialist workforce capable of addressing the symptoms persons with dementia exacerbates the challenge of providing effective care. Pharmacological interventions are contrain...
Source: Current Geriatrics Reports - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
In this study, aqueous, hydro-methanolic, and methanolic extracts of five potent herbal extracts were tested for their in vitro anti-AChE activity. Among all, the Tinospora cordifolia (Giloy) methanolic fraction performed better with an IC50 of 202.64 µg/mL. Of the HPLC analyzed components of T. cordifolia (methanolic extract), palmatine and berberine performed better (IC50 0.66 and 0.94 µg/mL, respectively) as compared to gallic acid and the tool compound “galantamine hydrobromide” (IC50 7.89 and 1.45 µg/mL, respectively). Mode of inhibition of palmatine and berberine was ...
Source: Molecules - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
(Natural News) There may be a new alternative option for treating Alzheimer’s disease or dementia without resorting to toxic pharmaceutical drugs. A new approach uses magnets to stimulate the brain’s working memory. Researchers at Duke University have recently debuted an experimental therapy called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) which applies a high-frequency magnetic pulse to the left...
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ConclusionsThis study demonstrates biomarker-based MCI prognosis and supports its role in clinical decision-making in daily practice.ResumenObjetivoEl objetivo de este estudio fue investigar el rol y pronóstico de los biomarcadores de enfermedad de Alzheimer en pacientes con diagnóstico clínico de deterioro cognitivo leve (DCL) en una clínica de memoria de Latinoamérica.MétodoOchenta y nueve pacientes con DCL, 43 con demencia tipo Alzheimer y 18 controles normales apareados por edad, sexo y escolaridad fueron estudiados con un extenso protocolo demográfico, neurológic...
Source: Neurologia - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that Alzheimer disease medication might contribute to a reduction of the LOS and the number of readmissions in PWD. PMID: 31722770 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: We found no evidence that long-term exposure to work-related sleep loss had resulted in cognitive decline or early dementia symptoms in this sample of retired maritime pilots. PMID: 31726459 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The AD8 is a brief and sensitive screening instrument that may facilitate earlier and more accurate AD diagnosis in a variety of care settings. PMID: 31725472 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord Source Type: research
Conditions:   Down Syndrome;   Alzheimer Disease;   Dementia Intervention:   Sponsors:   University of Southern California;   National Institute on Aging (NIA);   Alzheimer's Clinical Trial Consortium;   Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute Not yet recruiting
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