When your loved one is being admitted to a hospital make sure to bring all his/her medications. The reason for this is to ensure that the patient will get his medication and not a substitute for the medication. These days many hospitals carry only limited drugs to save money and the pharmacist can therapeutically change the medication for another one. (more…)
Many of our readers have asked what has happened to us since we have not written anything new in a while. We would like to tell you OUR STORY. We were long distant caregivers- our parents live in a different state then us. We started to see changes in the way our mother was interacting on the phone. She stopped asking about her grandchildren and she kept her conversations very short. This was totally not like her. She was thrown out of her weekly bridge game, which we knew was not her favorite activity. We rationalized that she probably did not like playing anymore. We had an excuse for everything that was not right. It appears that the people closest to the patient are the last to know that something might be wrong. Later on, after her diagnosis of dementia, her friends told us that they noticed that something had changed in her behavior and she was different.
A small sized and limited study was published in the journal, Neurology, Jan 10, 2012, in which researchers gave non-smokers with mild mental impairment either a 15mg/day patch or placebo patch. There seemed to be some positive evidence with the nicotine patch. (more…)
Bexarotene is currently available for the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. It is available as a topical gel and as a capsule. Neuroscientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland are involved in research involving this medication. (more…)
The criterion for diagnosing this illness has changed. It is now thought that this illness can actually start decades before it is diagnosed. The changes in the brain occur before Alzheimer’s becomes apparent. It is now believed that the disease has three stages. (more…)
Importance of Music
Research has shown that listening to music is very important for your loved one suffering with this illness. The ability to appreciate music comes from a part of the brain that dementia/Alzheimer’s is not affected. Music from their younger years would probably be soothing and calming for them.
It is very important to protect your loved one from accidents that might happen in the home. Protecting your family and yourself should be your number one priority. There are many risk factors in your home that can be easily eliminated. It is imperative that nothing is left on the floor for risk of someone not seeing it and tripping over it. (more…)