Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New medication may be one of the most promising for early Alzheimer's

Aducanumab, a new medication that clears plaques in the brain, may become one of the most promising treatments yet for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and there are indications that cognition losses can be reversed.  The Guardian has a story by Ian Sample, here.

PBS Newshour has an even more detailed story, with comparative (to placebo) brain scans here , from Scientific American by Karen Weintraub.

The CBS video above (1 year old) discusses Alzheimer’s trials, as well as a malaria vaccine, and the idea that fathers tend to gain weight compared to non-fathers.

The new drug was reported on ABC World News Tonight Wednesday but the story is not yet up on ABC,

Monday, August 29, 2016

For-profit companies build alternatives to assisted living, nursing homes with obscure help from Medicare

The for-profit world of private equity companies is now building “active senior” centers to keep them out of assisted living or nursing homes. Sarah Varney has a detailed story in the Aug. 21 Sunday Business of the New York Times. A little known Medicare rule allows this development.
The specific home is in Denver, and the company is InnovAge .

I would wonder if high altitude affects some seniors.  Would Flagstaff, AZ or Leadville CO be OK for a senior home?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

"Recall Guide" website for pharmaceuticals recommended by visitor

A reader recommended a site called “The Recall Guide”, as a particular resource for seniors to double-check their prescription and OTC medications, for FDA recalls and maybe drug interactions.

This free tool is an easy way to keep track of side effects and any dangerous recalls for any medications you are on. I personally use it to keep track of any dangers with my medications, and I think it would be helpful for members of your community as well. You can view the website here.

The side has articles on medical devices, generics and off-label, and legal liability of pharmaceutical companies.

Always be careful with over-the-counter stuff.  Recently I took a little more expectorant over the counter for an allergic cough and had to deal with a persistent sense of mild nausea for a few days, which seems to be a known (central nervous system) side effect of taking a larger dose.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Single and no kids: You need a will

Lawrence S. Jacobs has a valuable column in the Washington Blade, “Seven Myths of Estate Planning

In the July 22, 2016 issue, page 9, he offers an “advertorial”, on “Myth #4L Are you obligated to leave money to your relatives? No way”.  If you don’t have kids and don’t have a legal spouse, that is.  But you need to say so in a will; otherwise the law says the relatives (however lacking in merit or character) can get in line when you’re in your Afterlife – and the indications (if you believe the Monroe Institute) are that you are likely to know it, and not be able to do a damn thing about it, even as a ghost.  You have to be reincarnated (born) again to get another chance.