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HEALTH
August 7, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have identified risk predictors in middle age that could help identify people more likely to suffer dementia in later life. They include education, raised blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity and lack of exercise, which are similar to risk factors for heart disease and strokes. "The key point for all these factors is lifestyle changes," Miia Kivipelto, the lead researcher, said in an interview.
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HEALTH
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.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Elderly patients with dementia were significantly more likely to die prematurely if taking certain antipsychotic drugs, the government said in an advisory Monday to healthcare workers and patients. The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of atypical antipsychotic drugs to add to their labeling a boxed warning noting the risks and that the drugs were not approved to treat symptoms of dementia in the elderly.
NATIONAL
August 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
July 5, 1989 | MARLENE CIMONS, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2012 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison and Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
Nobody disputes that 85-year-old Lorraine Sullivan steered her Toyota Corolla into oncoming traffic, causing a crash that killed her longtime boyfriend, who was in the front passenger seat. But she is not the one in a Santa Ana courtroom this week facing a wrongful death lawsuit for the 2010 accident. Her doctor is. Dr. Arthur Daigneault, who practices near the retirement community of Laguna Woods Village and caters to the elderly, is being sued by the family of William Powers.
OPINION
July 20, 2003 | Karin Klein, Karin Klein is an editorial writer for The Times.
The day I had been dreading came in the spring of 2000, about three years after my mother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. She sat in my house and tearfully announced that she did not know who I was or where she was. When I introduced myself, she apologized, saying she must have been a terrible mother. It took me a moment to follow her line of thought: Because she had no memory of me, she assumed that we were estranged and that she was seeing me for the first time in decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2012 | Steve Lopez
"Hello Mr. Lopez, I would very much like to meet with you. I think you will find that I have some pertinent things to say. " The email was from Dr. Arthur Rivin, 89, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA. Rivin said he had been diagnosed in September 2009 with Alzheimer's disease, but then, something rare and amazing had happened. Using a program of therapy he developed himself, he claimed, he was now greatly improved. If I took the time to meet with him and hear all about it, Rivin suggested, together "we will do something big!"
SCIENCE
June 21, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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