Did You Know? Lyme disease can mirror Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis and more. Diagnosing it can be tough — Lyme disease is hard to detect and it can present up to 100 different symptoms! Since it manifests like so many other common ailments in seniors, medical […]
As I pondered the topic of Lyme disease and seniors, two clichés popped into my head: “knowledge is power” and “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Both certainly apply. Knowledge about Lyme disease can help with early diagnosis and successful treatment. Prevention steps can spare someone from having to endure the […]
The holiday season brings excitement, togetherness and feelings of warmth and belonging for most of us. It’s a time to celebrate family and friends and be grateful for all we have. For seniors, though many share the same feelings we do, the holidays can be overwhelming, especially for those with dementia. If you’re hosting an […]
Dementia. It’s one of those terms that really frightens people. The idea of losing our memory or other faculties brings on so many feelings of vulnerability. Here is some background information, along with some true stories meant to provide insight and a glimmer of hope. What is Dementia The term “dementia” covers a range […]
“Denial is the worst form of the truth.” During the time it takes for you to read this piece, try to put your denial impulse aside and take a hard look at the truth about Alzheimer’s. Because the fear that causes you to deny things – like our risk of getting this mind-blowing disease – […]
A new study has confirmed an association between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) — drugs that treat heartburn, peptic ulcers, and other acidrelated disorders of the upper gastrointestinal tract — and increased risk for dementia in older patients. An earlier study by the same researchers found the same connection between PPI use and dementia risk, although the current study is larger and based on information from a pharmaceutical database rather than on medical records, as the previous one was. The new study, by Willy Gomm, PhD, from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn, Germany, and colleagues and published online February 15 in JAMA Neurology, is important, as PPIs are among the most frequently prescribed drugs and their use has been increasing sharply, especially among the elderly. “Unfortunately, overprescribing of PPIs is reported frequently,” said study coauthor Britta Haenisch, PhD, also from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. According to some research, up to 70% of all PPI prescriptions could be inappropriate, she told Medscape Medical News. Read the full article here.