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I had no idea that a simple urinary tract infection could mimic dementia symptoms in senior citizens.   A very interesting article in our local Simi Valley Acorn quotes Anna Treinkman, past president of the National Conference of Gerontological Nurse Practitioners, who said, “A sudden change in behavior is one of the best indicators of a… Read more

Recently I ran across a helpful article on how to distinguish those “senior moments” we all have from the much more serious memory problems of early Alzheimer’s disease.  I thought I’d share them here: If you forget where you left your keys, that is normal. However, if you find those keys and don’t know what… Read more

“Sundowning is a syndrome in which elders–particularly those with Alzheimer’s–tend to display high levels of activity, anxiety and agitation, sometimes accompanied by delirium, near the end of the day.”, says Carol Bradley Bursack, Editor-in-Chief of ElderCareLink. The site has a new post discussing a study which points to sundowning having a possible biological basis. The… Read more

Keeping in shape these days involves more than just lifting weights. Besides keeping our bodies healthy, it seems that we need to remember to exercise our brains, especially as we age. The old adage of “use it or lose it” applies in so many areas, and especially regarding the health of our brains. We’re seeing… Read more

Today I attended a talk at one of my professional associations on Understanding Dementia in the elderly. It was so informative that I wanted to share some of what I learned. The speaker, whose name escapes me just now, emphasized that dementia is a general condition, whereas Alzheimer’s is a specific form of dementia. He… Read more