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July 2010

Many Ask Is It Alzhemer's or Dementia?

Hindsight tells me that my mother-in-law, Alice, was already suffering from dementia while she was the primary caregiver of my very ill father-in-law, Milton. I still remember one of the times when I was keeping Milton company while Alice drove off to the grocery store. Milton and I were having a good time, at least as good a time as one can when pending death is the third presence in the room. We knew we were "closing up shop," as we called it. Read more →

Is Your Dad's Confusion Dementia or Too Many Prescriptions?

Then the sibling who hasn't been home for a year shows up and is appalled. She notices Dad is hanging onto whatever he can grab when he gets up from a chair and sees that he is uncertain when he walks. He wasn't like that last year. The visiting sibling also notices Mom has gotten forgetful and that everyone around seems to automatically cover for her. Read more →

Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer's Disease: The Reasons to Do So Keep Building

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Razadyne) as drugs which may help maintain cognitive abilities and help control some behavioral symptoms for a few months to a few years. Read more →

Joint Replacement Registry Should Help Doctors Keep Track of Implant Device Success and Failure

A paper released in the online and print editions of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, a journal of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, reports on the success of a total Joint Replacement Registry that Kaiser Permanente had developed. The paper states that, “Total Joint Replacement Registry Read more →

Don’t Ignore Referral to Medical Doctor

Dear Carol: I took my mother to the dentist and he found an area in her mouth that worried him. He suggested we have her regular doctor take a look. Couldn’t he have just given her a prescription? It’s hard to get Mom to these appointments. Bill Dear Bill: Often a good dentist will spot Read more →

Nasal Insulin Could Help People with Early Alzheimer’s or Mild Cognitive Decline

Evidence continues to accumulate that shows a correlation between overall health and Alzheimer's. Now, insulin, given in the form of a nasal spray, is being tested on people with Alzheimer's disease, with good preliminary results. Read more →