Posts Tagged dementia

Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules

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Source: Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules | Kaiser Health News

This is an article about a woman who wanted to file a claim against a nursing home and her experience.  It can be very difficult to prove the case of abuse and neglect in a long-term care facility without the use of technology (a video camera) because while abuse occurs, falls and other incidents of accidents also occur.  While it can be challenging for a family member to prove abuse, it can be even more so, to prove neglect.

In this article, a case is described where a man with dementia who had a history of wandering was placed in a nursing home, only to die within a month of complications from dehydration.  Is it possible the CNAs didn’t offer him enough to drink?  Yes, this is possible.  But did you know, some dementia patients who pace burn many calories (causing significant weight loss), while at the same time refuse to eat or drink enough to survive?  Many patients with dementia who pace could use the benefit of additional calories through a feeding tube (G-tube), but they are so restless or agitated, that in some cases a G-tube can’t be inserted due the the dementia patient being at high risk for pulling it out.

Monitoring the delivery of good patient care can be challenging.  I would like to hear your thoughts on this issue.

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Step Into Their World: The Parallel Universes of Alzheimer’s and Improv | Mockingbird

http://www.mbird.com/2014/09/step-into-their-world-the-parallel-universes-of-alzheimers-and-improv/

Do you have anyone in your life who has dementia or Alzheimer’s?  On This American Life podcast, you will hear the story of a family who has decided to venture into the world of Alzheimer’s disease on grandma’s terms.  Instead of trying to bring her into reality, they are attempting to live in, and play out her reality.  It is an interesting story.

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SAGE: A Test to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Source: SAGE: A Test to Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia | OSU Wexner Medical Center

Are you concerned about your memory or the memory of a loved one?  There is a five minute exam available to download through Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, which may help you if you are concerned.  The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of cognitive, memory or thinking impairments. It evaluates your thinking abilities and helps physicians to know how well your brain is working.

I think this is very interesting and plan to learn more about it.  It is important to note that this test must be self-administered.  If you have concerns about memory loss, consider taking the test and making an appointment with your primary doctor.

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Working Together to Care for Mom or Dad

Advice for Adult Siblings to Provide Care for Elderly Parents – AARP.

Are you a caregiver for an elderly parent?  Perhaps you are a senior yourself, caring for an aged sibling…  This article from AARP was written by a man who moved his aging mother from Florida to an apartment near his home in Pennsylvania.  The author of this article is the older of two brothers and there is a disagreement between the two siblings as to how much care their mother needs and who should provide the care.  Dealing with these issues over their mother’s care has caused the resurfacing of some childhood dynamics.

A few terrific points have been made:

  • Remember the stakes are high- when siblings work together the aging parent will receive better care
  • Beware of reversion- try to see your sibling as an adult and don’t revert back to relationship patterns of early family life (work together as a equally respectable team, recognizing each others’ strengths)
  • Shelf the sexism- sons are capable of providing good care to an aging parent (don’t expect your sister to always be the caregiver)
  • Equality is unrealistic and possible inefficient- it may be one adult child is doing a large part of the care giving or decision making for an aging parent, but there are very real and helpful ways for other adult siblings to help out throughout the year (even if they live in another state)
  • Be kind to one another- its okay to vent caregiving frustrations to a sibling, but always be respectful in doing so, and thankful for what others have contributed as well
  • Advice is easy to give, but hard to implement- it is easy to say we “should do this”, but sometimes very difficult to implement… know that caregiving can be very stressful and being able to talk about it openly, respectfully (especially when there is a challenge) is a journey

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Blood Pressure Drugs May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

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Blood Pressure Drugs May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk | Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

Did you know that people with high blood pressure are more likely to get Alzheimer’s?  In this article, autopsies were performed on over 700 Asian Americans- most of whom had high blood pressure.  Those who took beta blockers for their HBP had the LEAST changes to their brain- meaning the beta blockers helped reduce the probability of Alzheimer’s or dementia.  The beta blockers also helped reduce the risk for microinfarcts, a condition that arises when blood does not get to certain areas of the brain, causing multiple tiny strokes.

If you have high blood pressure, please take the time to read this article- it is very interesting.  In the end, I was reminded that there is a direct link between a healthy heart and healthy brain….

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A Mom Remembers

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Gods Gift – YouTube.

A mother who has Alzheimer’s remembers her daughter Kelly- if just for a moment.  This is a short, but sweet video.

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Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer’s Risk

Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer’s Risk – Everyday Health.

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Current research says that a lack of Vitamin D in your diet means you might be at greater risk for dementia.  According to this article, a diet high in Vitamin D may reduce your risk for dementia.  I know many people who say they rarely drinking milk as an adult.  Many people shy away from fatty foods like cheese.  But, according to this article, make sure you get enough of Vitamin D!  Being out in the sun will also help, but remember to limit your exposure.  Overall, having a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, spending time outdoors and keeping your mind stimulated is all necessary to maintain a youthful mind.  Some sources of Vitamin D are: Fish (especially salmon and tuna), milk, fortified cereal, pork, eggs, mushrooms, beef liver and ricotta cheese!

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