Comorbidities Common and Disabling in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients, UK Study Reports

Comorbidities Common and Disabling in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients, UK Study Reports
People with dementia, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, often are also living with one or more other chronic diseases  that significantly impact their quality of life, according to a new study. The study, “The impact of comorbidity on the quality of life of people with dementia: findings from the IDEAL study,” was published in the journal Age and Ageing. The existence of multiple chronic diseases in a person, called comorbidities, can influence degrees of disability and are associated with poorer health-related quality of life (HRQoL). But few studies have investigated how comorbidities — like diabetes, heart disease, or depression — impact HRQoL, and life quality in general, among dementia patients. Researchers at the University of Exeter examined data on 1,547 people with dementia — of which 858, or 55 percent, had an Alzheimer's diagnosis — who were enrolled in the "Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life (IDEAL)" cohort study in the U.K. All provided information on their health status, specifically the impact of one or more of 23 comorbidities included in the Charlson comorbidity index (CCI), administered in a joint interview with the patient and, when available, a caregiver. Diseases were categorized according to four levels of severity: no comorbidity, mild (one-to-two conditions), moderate (three-four), and severe (more than five comorbidities). Patients were also asked to rate their quality
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  1. KALED NASSER says:

    My mother developed dementia back in early 2015 and i would like to keep up with the news hopping a medication is approved by the FDA could help my mother retain some of her memories .

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