January 21, 2008
Marc Siegel's observations about the film "The Savages" reflect my own experience with a mother who died after a long and difficult battle with microinfarct dementia ["Movie's Details of Dementia Ring True," Jan. 14]. A few months earlier, the movie "Away From Her" presented a romanticized picture of a woman who had been placed in a fictional care facility that offered her a large, private, well-appointed room. It made no reference to incontinence, mood swings, others in the facility with devastating physical and mental impairments, nor the medical complications associated with the condition.
August 30, 2007 |
Women who have their ovaries removed before menopause run a heightened risk of developing dementia or other mental problems later in life -- unless they take estrogen until age 50, a new study suggests. Experts said the research needed to be confirmed by further study, but the findings suggest another issue for premenopausal women and their doctors to discuss as they consider ovary removal.
July 5, 1989 |
The woman, a 65-year-old former psychologist diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease, was not always able to understand traffic signs. But her physician thought that she could probably still drive, so long as she stayed in her own familiar neighborhood and used her car for such simple activities as grocery shopping and going to church. One day, she risked a trip downtown. Lost, confused and disoriented, she misinterpreted a red light and drove straight into a busy intersection.
June 21, 2003 |
Elderly people who frequently read, do crossword puzzles, practice a musical instrument or play board games cut their risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by nearly two-thirds compared with people who seldom do such activities, researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that volunteers who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a risk of dementia nearly half that of subjects who did puzzles weekly.
January 17, 2005 |
Weight loss in elderly men appears to be a harbinger of dementia and a contributing factor in their increasing frailty. Although preventing weight loss is unlikely to prevent mental decline, maintaining weight may help stave off the physical dependence on other people and the falls and poor wound healing that can accompany old age, said a report published in the January issue of Archives of Neurology journal.
February 7, 2005 |
Music, pets and aromatherapy should be used to calm agitated or delusional patients before drugs that often prove ineffective or have harmful side effects are turned to, researchers said. After evaluating 29 studies dating to the mid-1960s, researchers at Wake Forest University said "it was discouraging to find that we currently don't have good drug therapies" for dementia-related behaviors.
April 9, 2012 |
Susan Strong Davis, an 87-year-old widow, spends the day inside her Palos Verdes Estates home, tended round-the-clock by nurse's aides. For company, relatives say, she has her dog, the television and, on increasingly rare occasions, memories of the glamorous socialite's life she once lived. "She definitely has some sort of dementia," said Viki Brushwood, a niece who visited from Texas in December. "I don't know if it's Alzheimer's or what. She is somebody who is not making decisions anymore.
December 30, 2013 |
Well before signs of dementia trigger a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a person's cholesterol levels may be a bellwether of amyloid plaque build-up in the brain, a new study finds. Long considered a reliable predictor of heart attacks and strokes, worrisome cholesterol levels may now raise concerns about dementia risk as well, prompting more aggressive use of drugs, including statins, that alter cholesterol levels. The current study does "not convincingly exclude the possibility" that taking statins might lower amyloid deposition, the researchers said.
June 24, 1992 |
Getting angry is no way to help someone who has Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia, but it's a natural reaction to behavior that is unexpected, disturbing and difficult to manage. So is the guilt that inevitably follows an outburst of anger directed at someone who is helpless. If you are caring for a loved one suffering from dementia, you've no doubt encountered the kinds of difficulties that Debra Lynn Cherry, program director of the Alzheimer's Assn.
May 20, 2012
People generally don't think of the elderly as nuisance neighbors. They rarely throw loud late-night parties, play loud music or have loud sex. Nevertheless, the issue of elderly group homes is a controversial one in single-family neighborhoods. On a stretch of leafy Sierra Bonita Avenue near Hollywood, an operator of board-and-care facilities wants to tear down a duplex and construct an 11-bed facility for elderly residents suffering from dementia. In theory, that's fine: According to state law, a city cannot prohibit licensed care facilities that meet the zoning requirements.