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“Helping Those Who Help Others”
|Vol. 7, No 27||
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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In this week's edition of The Caregiver's Hotline:
Dementia Risk at Your Fingertips: Online Test Could Pinpoint Troubling Signs
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a simple online test they say can tell an aging adult whether they’re at risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. They caution that this assessment is intended to direct rather than replace a full doctor’s exam for signs of the disease. [Read the full story]
Commonly Used Parkinson's Drugs Linked to Impulse Behavior
A popular class of drugs used in treating Parkinson’s disease has been found to result in impulse control disorders in nearly a quarter of all Parkinson’s patients using them, researchers say. The most commonly linked impulse disorders include gambling, hypersexuality and binge eating. [Read the full story]
Elderly Victims of Abuse Often Use Alcohol or Drugs
Victims of severe traumatic elder abuse share a common trait with their abuser in many cases – both have been found to also abuse alcohol and drugs. The abused also tend to suffer from a neurological or mental disorder, according to results of a new study. [Read the full story]
Seniors Can't Opt Out of Medicare, Judge Rules
Acknowledging that Medicare costs are “skyrocketing and may bankrupt us all,” a federal judge has ruled that seniors cannot opt out of the Medicare hospitalization program unless they’re willing to forfeit their Social Security checks and repay the government for all benefits they’ve already received. [Read the full story]
TIA Is Important Warning Sign of Possible Stroke
“How serious is a TIA? I heard that they’re really nothing to worry about.” Our Keeping Seniors Healthy columnist cautions that TIA’s – or transient ischemic attacks -- are far from innocent stroke warnings. Don’t be lulled into thinking the fading of TIA’s effects mean the reason to worry has faded too. [Read the full story]
Mobility for Wheelchair, Walker: Widening Bathroom Door
Maintaining adequate bathroom accessibility as we age is a big problem, especially when a loved one is confined to a wheelchair or some other assistive device. While one solution is to move – literally – here are tips to create access – without the need of a moving van. [Read the full story]
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