Adjusting to Life with Alzheimer's Disease

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    Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients often become confused and lose awareness of their environments, both at home and during travel. For this reason, it is important for caregivers to constantly be aware of environmental factors that may affect the safety of the patient. Once an AD patient has moved from the mild phase of the illness to the moderate phase, he may be at risk for wandering behaviors. All moderate AD patients should wear a medical identification bracelet to ensure their safety. These can...Read More
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    Over the course of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the patient will become less able to manage the family and business finances. Unfortunately, family members may not realize this until, for example, the utility company shuts off the power, or stacks of unpaid bills are discovered along with a checkbook that is not up-to-date and contains gross calculation errors. A study of financial abilities in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and AD led by H.R. Griffith found that, even in MCI, patients suffered mild...Read More
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    In 2003, an elderly driver in California mistook the brake for the gas pedal and plowed into a farmers’ market, killing and injuring numerous people. The incident brought national attention to the issue of elderly drivers. Even for nondemented older adults, general slowing of reaction time and relatively impaired vision and hearing can increase the risk of accidents. Dementia is also accompanied by cognitive problems and impaired judgment, further elevating the risk of a driving accident. In particular,...Read More

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Paul Dash

Dr. Paul Dash holds a master's degree in neuroscience as well as his medical degree. He has been board certified in neurology since 1991. Dr. Dash has been an Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at LSU Health Science Center since 2002. He has three children and two stepchildren and resides in New Orleans.

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