ElderCarelink Blog

Depressed elders at risk of dementia?

by ECL Staff
May 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

A growing number of Americans are developing dementia, with this progressive brain disease causing problems such as memory loss and confusion. And older adults struggling with depression are even more likely to battle dementia.

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Elders at risk from mild cognitive impairment

by Dorian Martin
September 18th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Mild cognitive impairment. When I first heard that term in 2004, it didn’t seem very threatening. The clinical neuropsychologist who had just completed a series of tests on my mother said, “You have mild cognitive impairment, but you don’t have Alzheimer’s.” That diagnosis seemed to lift the threat of dementia off our shoulders. What we didn’t realize at the time but would learn is that this type of impairment can be the precursor of dementia. In Mom’s case, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a year later.

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Physical exercise can help elders fight memory loss

by Dorian Martin
August 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am

As elders age, it’s very easy for them to become less physically active, what with the aches and pains that many have. You may also see gradual changes in aging parents such as a reduced interest in doing things or going places. However, inactivity may be the worst thing for elders, especially if they’re worried about Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Read more »

Unchecked diabetes in elders can cause mental decline

by Dorian Martin
June 26th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I always see the human body as a system in which one disease can affect several parts of the body. A new study underscores this belief. The study found that older adults who have diabetes and who are not able to control their blood sugar levels are at an increased risk for greater decline in their cognitive abilities.

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Elder hospitalizations can lead to a decrease in cognitive function

by Dorian Martin
April 27th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I recently visited a friend whose mother-in-law was placed in a wound treatment facility. While the medical staff focused on treating the wound, my friend was increasingly worried about her mother-in-law’s mental state. For instance, the mother-in-law called 911 several times while at the facility because she was confused about where she was. She also experienced paranoia and may have had hallucinations.

I saw some similar reactions with my own mother when she was hospitalized. I found Mom to be very wary, not sure what was going on around her. Furthermore, she experienced some mental decline when she was released from the hospital, although she generally rebounded.

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