Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Can chess, learning foreign language help forestall Alzheimer's

MSN has jumped into the Alzheimer’s debate with a link about “9 tips to reduce risk”, link here.

There’s a lot of emphasis on diet (omega fatty acids and Mediterranean) and exercise.  There probably needs to be more attention on mental exercises, like chess.

One physician recommends learning a new language.
There is the issue of “senior moment” – having trouble remembering the name of someone from the more distant past but remembering the person and who he or she was very clearly nevertheless.

How important are social connections, for their own sakes?

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Volunteers work with ombudsmen to keep nursing homes in line with respect to patients

Susan Jaffe has a Washington Post story in Health and Science Tuesday, May 2, “Volunteers check on nursing homes” (print), or “Volunteers help ombudsmen give nursing home residents ‘a voice’ in their care, link at Kaiser.

This would sound personally demanding, to ask a volunteer to go to bat for a patient against a corporate establishment, but that’s essentially what a family friend had to do for me back in 1999 while I was in Minneapolis, after my mother’s coronary bypass surgery at 85 (which I thought was unprecedented at the time) and SNF stay here in Virginia (it had roaches).  It was a situation that might have ended my own job secondarily.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

People can be charged with elder abuse after interventions by Adult Protective Services; and sometimes the person charged is elderly

Here’s a cautionary story about a woman charged with elder abuse in central Virginia.   But the woman charged was herself 72, and the abused relative, 97, was not a parent. And this was a case of neglect or inaction.  The extreme ages of the persons in different generations are remarkable but this is becoming more common with longer lifespans. People in their 70s can be caring for parents of people of their parents' generation and find this overwhelming.

These sorts of interventions by an adult protective services are infrequent, but the tale is a warning, about leaving an adult with dementia alone.