HEALTHBEAT The memory gap
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Sleep, I have come to conclude is a good thing. I have known that for quite a long time, but it is reiterated in my mind as I move back into my 5:00 AM wake up norm. Over the semester break I stayed... Posted on 1/12/10 at 12:43 AM
More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness — and it’s an ominous forecast as the population grays.
People who learn through genetic testing that they have a higher than average risk for Alzheimer’s disease are able to handle the bad news pretty well, results from the first major study of this suggest.
The findings aren’t enough evidence for doctors to urge more people to get genetic testing, said lead author, Dr. Robert Green. But they challenge assumptions that people will be devastated by a positive test result and misread it as certain proof they’re doomed to Alzheimer’s.
Early diagnosis could help patients plan their future and even take steps to slow the disease, such as improving their diet and getting more "mental exercise" or getting into a clinical study of one of the many promising experimental drugs.
Erin and Chris Bonitto, Cold Spring, Minn., have made it their mission to improve the quality of life of dementia patients by showing long-term caregivers how to reach them. Since the husband and wife team founded Gemini Consulting in 1998, they’ve spread their unique approach to dementia care facilities in 47 states. This summer, they’ll take their message to the world.
The health care costs of Alzheimer’s disease patients are more than triple those of other older people, and that doesn’t even include the billions of hours of unpaid care from family members, a new report suggests.
Before becoming “Resident 14” at a nursing home in northeastern North Dakota, he was a laborer and loving family man. A gentleman by all accounts. But the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in his 70s transformed him from a doting grandfather to a downright violent old man, racking up some 50 assaults on patients and staff at the nursing home in New Rockford, N.D., where he lived for only a year before his death.
State sees decrease in facility population. An increasing number of North Dakota nursing home residents are younger than 65, records show. But officials said violent assaults among young and middle-age people in the state’s nursing homes are rare.
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