October 4, 2012
It's probably cranky of me to complain about the solicitude of journalists who write for me as if I were on the brink of senile dementia, but sometimes they just explain too much. What I have in mind is Pointless Then-ness. You see it all the time. "In 1996, then-President Bill Clinton appointed ... " Now, if I were in fact on the brink of senile dementia, I might still imagine that Bill Clinton is president. Or if I were one of the besotted Democrats watching the party's recent national convention, I might wish that Bill Clinton were still president.
August 19, 2012
Behavioral and psychiatric symptoms, such as depression, delusions, hallucinations, yelling, wandering and aggression, affect 80-90 percent of individuals with dementia at some point during the course of their illness. For the vast majority of individuals with dementia, these troubling symptoms are short-lived and can be successfully managed by caregivers who use behavioral modifications and non-pharmacological interventions such as reassurance, social activities to relieve boredom or agitation, reminiscence, and exercise.
August 13, 2012
Federal officials are working to place compassion at the center of how our nation aims to treat elderly patients suffering from dementia. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that they'll coordinate an effort to dramatically reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs among dementia patients in nursing homes. The agency's plan acknowledges that these powerful pharmaceuticals are often overused - and represents a valuable first step toward improving the way we treat people with this condition.
July 14, 2012
Retirement hasn't been easy for Pete Pompey. Since ending a 31-year high school coaching career in 2004 that spanned both Edmondson and Dunbar high schools, the Baltimore icon has developed severe dementia and been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He can't write, doesn't remember his birthday and often forgets where he lives. But on Saturday, the 72-year-old Pompey was reminded - at least for a moment - of the lasting impact he made on his home city. "I did this," said Pompey, watching as more than two-dozen of his former students participated in a basketball doubleheader at Edmondson High School.
June 6, 2012
Baltimore County Police are asking the public's help to locate a missing Towson man who they say suffers from dementia, and may have difficulty finding his way home. Police describe Richard Dudley Walter, 72, as a "critical missing person. " He went missing at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, from the 1500 block of Dellsway Road in Towson, according to police reports. He is described as a white male, 5-foot-11, 184 pounds, possibly driving 2001 gray Saturn sedan, Maryland tag LDB783.
April 7, 2012
The Alzheimer's Association's annual Memory Ball has drawn nine highly competitive dance couples, four well-known judges, including Maryland's first lady, and nearly 700 guests. But the star of the evening will likely be the ball honoree, Sylvia Mackey, a woman who has worked tirelessly for the association and its families. Mackey lost her husband, John Mackey , a Baltimore Colts tight end and first president of the NFL players union, last summer. He waged a long battle with frontal temporal dementia, a debilitating illness with many of the same characteristics as Alzheimer's.