Author Archives: Ray Burow

Digital BrainTest Helps in Early Detection of Cognitive Disorders

If you’re a frequent reader of Alzheimer’s News Today and my column, “Treading Dark Waters,” you are undoubtedly aware of how often we stress the importance of early detection as it applies to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A disturbing perception Doctors sometimes fail to inform patients about a dementia…

Caregivers in Search of Christmas Spirit

“I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” —Harlan Miller For many people, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. The hustle and bustle of shopping for the perfect present, the ringing of silver bells,…

Holiday Travel Is Possible in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

A record number of people are expected to travel this holiday season. The travelers will undoubtedly include familial caregivers journeying with loved ones who have dementia. These are courageous individuals, perhaps seeking one last hurrah before Alzheimer’s disease prevents them from traveling to faraway destinations. Taking a trip with…

How to Prevent Alzheimer’s Patients from Wandering

“All that is gold does not glitter / Not all those who wander are lost / The old that is strong does not wither / Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” — J.R.R.Tolkien Why do people with Alzheimer’s disease wander? The tendency to wander in Alzheimer’s patients…

Caregivers’ Priorities Shift During the Holidays

Some of us are still adjusting to writing 2019 on bank checks, and here we are knocking on the door of the holidays. The older we become, the faster the years seem to zoom by. Just yesterday, we were children dreaming of snow at Christmas and our parents were bracing…

Why National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Matters

In 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Coincidentally, 11 years later, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The 40th U.S. president revealed his fate in a letter to the American people in 1994, writing: “I now begin the journey that will lead me…

Tips for Navigating Hospital Stays for Those with Alzheimer’s

Of the 5.8 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease, 5.6 million are age 65 or older. According to a 2009-2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, the same demographic accounted for 15% of emergency room visits during that period. ER visits and hospital admissions…

Early Diagnosis Is Worth the Risk of Offending a Loved One

Sadly, millions of people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer’s disease. Even sadder is that fewer than half of Alzheimer’s patients or their caregivers report being told of the diagnosis by a healthcare provider. An Alzheimer’s Association report from 2015 indicated that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s…

Protect Alzheimer’s Patients from Information Overload

We live in a global society, and within our society terrible things happen. We indirectly face tragedy every day. We’re constantly bombarded by breaking news that keeps us reeling. It is a hard reality for those of us with healthy minds, but it is even more disturbing for a person…

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