Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest For many, living with advanced dementia is a fate worse than death Six million people have dementia right now. According to a newly released study that number will grow to 15 million by 2060. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Kim Callinan, Guest Columnist Published 10:28 a.m. CT May 8, 2018 CLOSE A Tweet of a photo of a Mt. Juliet couple goes viral Michael Schwab, The Tennessean CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE My grandmother, whom we called “Nana,” always loved children. Many … [Read more...] about For many, living with advanced dementia is a fate worse than death
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When my mother prayed - when she remembered what prayer was - she asked every saint to please let her die in her sleep. In late 2016, my mom died that way, in her own bed, one week past her 101st birthday. One of my sisters and I were curled around her, asleep ourselves.My mom's death was perfect, and hospice helped. But her dementia made enrolling her and keeping her in hospice nearly impossible. She died during her second stint in hospice.The year she died, I had reached out to a hospice and palliative-care agency because my mom seemed to be heading downhill fast.A gerontologist had diagnosed my mom with late-stage dementia and encouraged us to place her in nursing care. My mom needed help with dressing and using the bathroom. She wasn't bedridden, but bone-crunching osteoarthritis and worsening cognitive issues kept her marooned in a chair. She could feed herself once a plate of food was set in front of her. She spoke, but not a lot, unless she was in full-blown agitation.By then, … [Read more...] about At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.
ROCKY RIVER, Ohio - Most everyone hopes a cure, or at least better treatments, will be available soon to treat diseases such as Alzheimer's. Some Clevelanders now have the chance to participate in research that may help to contribute to the effort on Tuesday, May 1, by appointment only. The Cleveland Clinic is looking for cognitively healthy adults, ages 30-89, to participate in a research study to "prevent, diagnose and treat" brain diseases like Alzheimer's, a category of dementia. Participants will take a self-administered, computerized test that will add data to the research. Stephen Rao, Ph.D., is one of three primary investigators for the Clinic's study. The data collected by the computerized tests at various community sites, said Rao, will identify risk factors. "We need to be able to convert the scores in order to have a normative data base," said Rao. "There is a big difference in performances based on age, education, sex, and ethnicity. We are trying to identify healthy, … [Read more...] about Cleveland Clinic recruiting for research study on dementia at Rocky River Senior Center on May 1
Kokouu/Getty Images Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Ever since 1991, when Morley Safer raised a glass of red wine and told millions of 60 Minutes viewers that it might be a health elixir, Americans have taken it on faith that a nightly tipple is good for the ticker. The alcohol industry has helped perpetuate the notion, funding and promoting further studies claiming a host of other health benefits from moderate alcohol consumption—everything from lower rates of deafness to a prevention for dementia. But more recently, scientists have taken aim at a lot of those studies, finding their methodology deeply flawed and casting serious doubt as to whether alcohol really is some kind of miracle drug. Now comes a huge study spearheaded by the UK’s University of Cambridge published in The Lancet this week. The study included dozens of researchers from around the world and nearly 600,000 drinkers in 19 countries. It finds that … [Read more...] about A Huge New Study Just Showed Alcohol Is Worse for You Than You Thought
Police in McHenry County will be out for blood with drivers who refuse to take breath tests for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Nine departments in the northwest suburban county announced they will seek immediate search warrants during traffic stops to draw blood from suspected drunk or drugged drivers who refuse to blow for a breath test.The new policy is meant to counter drivers, particularly repeat DUI offenders, who increasingly refuse breath tests, which makes it more difficult to prosecute them, McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said in a news release.Starting Sunday police in Algonquin, Cary, Harvard, Huntley, Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Spring Grove and Woodstock will institute the new policy.Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said in the release that the policy will deter some people from driving while impaired.While DUI suspects face severe civil penalties if they refuse a breath test — like driver’s … [Read more...] about New DUI policy: Refuse breath test, cop will seek instant warrant for blood test