We thought it fitting to provide you with a new top 5 list to ring in the new year. Listed below are the top 5 articles on DEMENTIA for this, the first week of 2014. We hope you find it both interesting and informative. As always, if you have comments, suggestions, or additional resources to add we invite you to participate in our comments section below!
Top 5 Articles on Dementia
1. Bringing Dementia Patients Back To Life (The Atlantic; Jan. 5, 2014): This article focuses on the many misconceptions of a dementia diagnosis, and it focuses what dementia patients CAN DO, not what they can’t. Money Quote: “In some cases, unresponsiveness may say less about a patient’s disability than a failure on our part to offer something worth responding to.”
2. Heart Disease Could Be Tied To Dementia For Older Women (Reuters; Jan. 2, 2014) Reuters reacts to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association entitled Cardiovascular Disease and Cognitive Decline in Postmenopausal Women: Results From the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study. This study looked at the relationship between heart disease and cognitive decline in elderly women. Researchers confirmed the association noting that “Women who’d had a heart attack, in particular, were twice as likely to see declines in their thinking and memory skills”. Money Quote: “Understanding the connection between heart disease and dementia is important because heart disease is reversible but Alzheimer’s disease is not, O’Brien said.”
3. What Is The Global Impact Of Dementia (CBS News.com; Jan. 4, 2014) CBS News VIDEO discusses the global impact (including economic implications, human implications and potential therapies). Money Quote: “Where we’re really lacking – is drugs that can hit that inflammation response where the brain’s immune cells are turning against it. We really have nothing that can help you. Ibuprofen and current anti inflammatories won’t do it.”
4. A Daily Dose Of Vitamin E Slows Ravages Of Dementia (Daily Express – UK; Jan. 1, 2014) For the first time, US researchers have found a benefit of adding Vitamin E to the diets of mild to moderate dementia sufferers. Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital and the Veterans’ Administration Medical Centers in Minneapolis are reporting that “the annual rate of functional decline among dementia sufferers was reduced by 19 per cent thanks to a daily vitamin E supplement”. This particularly study noted that those taking Vitamin E were able to carry out everyday tasks for longer periods of time. Money Quote: “Now that we have a strong clinical trial showing that vitamin E slows functional decline and reduces the burdens on care-givers, vitamin E should be offered to patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms.”
5. The Younger Face Of Dementia: Ottawa Man Shares Wife’s Battle With The Disease (CTV news.ca- Jan. 6, 2014) When people think of dementia they think of it as an older person’s disease, but as Matthew Dineen explains – his wife was just 41 when she began exhibiting signs of the disease. Today, Lisa Dineen lives in the secure wing of a Ottawa nursing home, a stand-out among the elderly residents there. A year ago she was diagnosed with FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia) a devastating brain disorder for which we know no cure. Money Quote: “We have people who get a divorce … their families leave them because some of them start acting very inappropriately. They don’t understand that it is a brain disease, they don’t understand that they are not doing it on purpose.”