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.
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September 7, 2012 |
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.
July 20, 2003 |
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.
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.
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June 16, 2000
The state Department of Health Services has forced a local facility for dementia patients to change its procedures because of complaints against UC Irvine medical professors performing research there. The researchers were taking samples from the noses and rectums of patients without their consent or that of their guardians. The samples were part of a project to check for the spread of germs resistant to antibiotics.
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.