What To Avoid When Caregiving for Someone Living With Alzheimer's
Most of us who have cared for someone living with dementia have tried our best to determine how best to provide that care. We research. We try putting ourselves in their place. We do our best to be patient because we understand that they can’t help their having the disease. Still, we are human and we make mistakes. While we shouldn’t wallow in guilt when we do make mistakes as a care partner, there are situations that we should try extra hard to avoid. Here are nine of them. Read more on HealthCentral for tips on what to avoid when you are caring for someone with dementia: Carol Bradley Bursack is the Candid Caregiver MedicareFAQ – Medicare Resource Center Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol Related StoriesThe Benefits of Validation Include Preserving Self-EsteemSay It After Me: Alzheimer's Is Only One Type of DementiaCaregiving: Celebrate Mother's Day With Forgiveness
Commentary on "When and How to Treat Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease Dementia With Citalopram and Escitalopram". Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 May 27;: Authors: Pollock BG PMID: 31208921 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
CONCLUSIONS: Longitudinal analysis of correctly scaled neuropsychological assessments may provide unbiased proxies for MRI-based measures of dementia risk. PMID: 31206372 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Discussion and conclusionNon-linear registration methods were most consistent in determining hippocampal atrophy and because of their better reproducibility, methods, such as ANTs, Elastix and NiftyReg, are preferred for determining hippocampal atrophy rates on longitudinal MRI. Since performances of non-linear registration methods are well comparable, the preferred method would mostly depend on computational efficiency.
Publication date: Available online 19 June 2019Source: Alzheimer's &DementiaAuthor(s): George A. Mashour, Lori Frank, Alexander Batthyany, Ann Marie Kolanowski, Michael Nahm, Dena Schulman-Green, Bruce Greyson, Serguei Pakhomov, Jason Karlawish, Raj C. ShahAbstractUnexpected cognitive lucidity and communication in patients with severe dementias, especially around the time of death, have been observed and reported anecdotally. Here, we review what is known about this phenomenon, related phenomena that provide insight into potential mechanisms, ethical implications, and methodologic considerations for systematic investig...
Publication date: Available online 18 June 2019Source: Alzheimer's &DementiaAuthor(s): Yue Leng, Susan Redline, Katie L. Stone, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Kristine YaffeAbstractIntroductionLittle is known about the longitudinal association between napping and cognitive impairment in older adults.MethodsWe used wrist actigraphy to measure naps in 2751 community-dwelling older men. Cognition was assessed repeatedly over 12 years, and clinically significant cognitive impairment was determined by physician diagnosis, Alzheimer's medication use or a significant cognitive decline.ResultsAfter adjustment for all covariates, me...
CONCLUSIONS: The varied pharmacologic mechanisms of NBP involve many complex molecular mechanisms; however, there many unknown pharmacologic effects await further study. PMID: 31205106 [PubMed - in process]
A study of adults aged 50 and over found that decline in memory and thinking was faster after a heart attack or angina, but not before.
As one of the five major senses, you could argue that our sense of smell is the least important. Sight, hearing, touch, and taste may poll better than smell, but try telling that to someone who has lost their sense of smell entirely. The truth is that loss of the ability to smell comes with a significant cost, because olfaction serves several purposes that affect quality of life and even safety, including stimulation of appetite enhancement of the sense of taste alerting you to which foods should not be eaten (if they’re rotting, for example) warning you of danger (as with smoke warning of fire). Loss of smell can ...
Conclusion: The clinical approach to a PAD request should consider the legal framework and the decision-making capacity, assess memory deficit awareness and the perception of suffering, and evaluate mental competency when considered pertinent.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2019;9:217 –226
Conclusions: This study is one of the few examining the applicability of well-known episodic memory tests in older subjects. A strict adherence to the test protocol reduced the number of missing values. Floor effects were stronger for the 15WT than for the VAT. Results favor the use of the VAT in senior subjects and show the unsuitability of the 15WT in this group.Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Extra 2019;9:207 –216