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Annals of Long-Term Care
By John DenBoer, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist and founder of SMART Brain Aging Inc. We know that there is just no cure for dementia, but from my many years of research, I have found that practicing cognitive exercises on a regular basis does in fact mitigate the onset of dementia.  What are…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Julie Gould Lindsay Farrer, PhD, chief of Biomedical Genetics at Boston University Medical School, discusses knowledge gaps that exist between the use of genes and identifying Alzheimer disease. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your research interests. Sure. I am a medical…
Annals of Long-Term Care
By Julie Gould Adults with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer disease (AD) are at an increased risk of criminal and socially inappropriate behaviors, according to new study findings. Notably, criminal behaviors may be more recurrent in patients with FTD versus AD.   “Criminal and…
Annals of Long-Term Care
      There is a lot of discussion about the right to die.   Although most of these have to do with Physician Assisted Death (PAD).   What about in those who are not dying but express a dire to end their lives in the absence of a diagnosable mental illness?    Do they have the same right?    …
Annals of Long-Term Care
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurological disorder, caused by the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the brain, that affects ~1 million people in North America.1 PD is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, yet its causes still remain largely unknown.2 Older adults approaching 60…
Annals of Long-Term Care
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that increases the brain’s susceptibility to seizures, which can affect mental and physical function. As the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States, the prevalence of epilepsy increases with age.1,2 Among nursing home residents, epilepsy…
Annals of Long-Term Care
Dr. Robert T. Wechsler, MD, PhD, FAAN is a Board-certified epileptologist and neurologist in private practice in Boise, Idaho. He serves as Medical Director of the Idaho Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Board President of the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho, is an active member of the Epilepsy Studies…
Annals of Long-Term Care
Movement disorders is a term that is broadly applied to the group of diseases and syndromes affecting a person’s ability to produce and control movement; however, the clinical presentations of these disorders can be highly heterogeneous and complex in older patients. Symptoms vary depending on the…
Annals of Long-Term Care
Affiliations: 1 Long-Term Care Services, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, Billings, MT 2 College of Nursing, Montana State University, Billings, MT Abstract: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a rare but potentially fatal adverse event of antipsychotic medication. Because antipsychotics are…
Annals of Long-Term Care
Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common nervous system disorders in elders. The cardinal features of the disease include tremors, bradykinesia, rigidity, and postural instability. As a result, the medical literature primarily focuses on the motor changes that result from PD; however, this…
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