Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alzheimer's and Dementia News Digest 119


Alzheimer's and dementia news from around the world.

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Fiona Phillips: Alzheimer's drugs robbed my dad of life
The Daily Mirror columnist said sedatives doctors gave to Neville, 77, crushed his personality and left him a wreck.

High School Student Researches Pet Therapy for Alzheimer's Patients
High School Senior Michela Paradiso has been working with Alzheimer's patients at the Elmwood Assisted Living Community in Tiffin for her senior project. Paradiso researched the types of pets the residents had before developing Alzheimer's, and matched them with a similar looking stuffed animal dog or cat.

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System to help identify patients at high risk of developing delirium
When a nurse in the orthopedic unit asked her new post-operative patient where she was, the response had a pleasant ring: “I’m at a spa.”

Can fasting for two days each week stop dementia?
It sounds far-fetched, but scientists think slashing calories may combat a host of illnesses

Wheelchair Securement During Transport
Did you know that a wheelchair passenger in a van is not required to be secured with a seat belt? Imagine, just one quick stop, an accident in the blink of an eye, can throw that rider out of the wheelchair with the force of a bullet.

Singer Glen Campbell Gives Voice to Alzheimer’s Disease
Six months ago, Campbell expected that he would never appear in public again, much less on an international stage live. In June 2011, Campbell made public that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Simon Fraser University Researchers Test Sugary Solution to Alzheimer’s
Slowing or preventing the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal brain condition expected to hit one in 85 people globally by 2050, may be as simple as ensuring a brain protein’s sugar levels are maintained.

A Shift From Nursing Homes to Managed Care at Home
Faced with soaring health care costs and shrinking Medicare and Medicaid financing, nursing home operators are closing some facilities and embracing an emerging model of care that allows many elderly patients to remain in their homes and still receive the medical and social services available in institutions.



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