Dec 2, 2011

Alzheimer's Life News 102

Missing Fairbanks woman with Alzheimer’s found dead

“She walked right past the state camp, and you know it’s all lit up really good. Obviously, she was disoriented big time by then, because she drove the whole way up there. She walked about a mile down the road, and then went into the woods. They (troopers) said that one, one and- a-half miles into the woods, she fell down or laid down, and that was it,” Hall said.
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“Clearly, this is an illness of women more than men,” said Victor Henderson, MD, MS, Professor of Epidemiology and Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University. “In part, it has to do with the fact that women live longer than men. There are real differences in longevity.”

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Agreement declared void in dementia case
In an Oct. 27 unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit agreed with a U.S. District Count in the Middle District of Florida 2010 decision. The lower court had determined Vera Gilmore was not competent when she signed a voluntary agreement for arbitration upon entering the Life Care Center of Estero in 2007. When she later died from a fall, her son, Ronald Gilmore, sued Life Care Centers of America Inc. for negligence.

Opera company's project puts spotlight on dementia
Dementia sufferers and their companions will perform today with English Touring Opera and Turtle Key Arts in a unique project.

Insurance Brokers Get No Love in Medical Loss Ratio Rule
The health-care overhaul law includes a provision requiring insurers to spend a certain proportion of premium dollars on patient care and quality-improvement programs.

It all sounds straightforward enough — large-group plans must spend at least 85% and individual and small-group plans, 80% — but the devil is always in the details.

The Alzheimer's Generation: What We've Learned in 30 Years
In the early 1980s, most people with Alzheimer's disease would have simply been labeled as "senile." Spouses and adult children would take on the responsibility of providing care until it was time for a nursing home, where they received care in an institutional setting.

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room