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REVISITING THE ALUMINUM ISSUE

The issue of whether or not using aluminum (or aluminium) cookware or foil contributes to a person getting Alzheimer’s has been going on for a number of years. It was finally decided several years back that it does not contribute … Continue reading

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COMMENT ON THE EMERITUS HULLABALLOO

Having spent the past week moving my home and business, I’ve finally had an opportunity to sit down and watch the PBS documentary entitled “Life & Death in Assisted Living.” The stories are horrifying and heartbreaking to hear, but unfortunately, … Continue reading

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POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS FOR BEHAVIOR CONTROL

A recent article published on Dementia & Alzheimer’s Weekly (http://alzheimersweekly.com) caught my attention because it talks about a small study conducted by Dr. Bruce Pollock of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry.  The study assigned 103 hospitalized patients at … Continue reading

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LET’S TALK ABOUT TAKING ASHWAGANDHA FOR ALZHEIMER’S

The Indian herb withania somnifera, also known as Ashwagandha, Indian ginseng or winter cherry received some recent press after a study by Senhgal, et al was printed in PubMed and indexed for Medline (PMID:22308347 PMCID:PMC3295277 available on 2012/8/28). The researchers … Continue reading

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THE CONTINUED DRUGGING OF DEMENTED ELDERS

I recently read an article posted by Dementia & Alzheimer’s Weekly (http://alzheimersweekly.com) which included a video with the article. The article was entitled “Depakote fined $1.6 Billion for Sedating Dementia Patients.” Depakote is manufactured and marketed by Abbott Labs and … Continue reading

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GET MOVING TO REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR ALZHEIMER’S

I just read an article in Medical News Today entitled “Exercising Daily Lowers Alzheimer’s Risk, Even If You Start Later In Life.” The leading author, Dr. Aron S. Buchman, from the Rush University Medical Center had this study published in … Continue reading

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IS IT REALLY IMPORTANT TO GET A DEMENTIA DIAGNOSIS EARLY IN THE DISEASE?

YES!  Here are some reasons why: (1)  The elder being tested will still have the ability to help make decisions about his/her care.  The longer a diagnosis is put off, the more brain function is lost, and along with that … Continue reading

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GPS SHOES FOR AD PATIENTS HAVE LIMITATIONS

There has been a lot of great press recently about the arrival of the Aetrex GPS shoes and how they allow families to track and find an elder with dementia who wanders away.  This certainly is good news for many … Continue reading

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WHAT ABOUT CATARACT SURGERY FOR MY LOVED ONE WITH ALZHEIMER’S?

This is a question I’ve been asked several times over the years when I have consulted with families who struggle with a loved one with dementia and who also has cataracts.  As long as that person’s overall health is fairly … Continue reading

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THE ROLE OF DIET IN COGNITIVE ABILITY

It seems that every day I learn about more studies being conducted on the importance of the foods we eat (or do not eat), and how that impacts every aspect of our lives from skin disorders to brain changes, and … Continue reading

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