Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Conquering Urinary Incontinence -- The First Bladder Infection of the Year

Last year my mother had five bladder infections. This is a common occurrence amongst people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia....
By Bob DeMarco

Beginning in 2008, I came upon a solution that not only allowed me to detect my mother's frequent bladder infections, it also allowed us to cut down her urinary incontinence to near zero.

In 2008, I made a simple observation, my mother seemed to be warmer when I held her hand. I also noticed that she seemed to be perspiring a bit.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Alzheimer’s Patients Have Muted Emotions

Perspective on Alzheimer's behavior.
“One important implication of this work is that when an Alzheimer’s patient appears emotionally blunted, the clinician or caregiver should not assume the patient is depressed and automatically treat with antidepressants, as other organic factors could be at work,” said Todd Feinberg, M.D., a professor of clinical neurology and psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, who did not participate in the research.
Watching a loved one struggle with Alzheimer’s disease can be a painful process, but for the patient, the experience may be a muted one.
Alzheimer’s patients can appear withdrawn and apathetic, symptoms often attributed to their memory problems or difficulty finding the words to communicate.
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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room