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The Many Faces of Dementia: Resources for patients, caregivers

Editors note: This article is reprinted with permission from the Alzheimer’s Association of America website — http://www.alzfdn.org or call 1-866-AFA-8484.

Low Income help



More Medicare beneficiaries will now pay no more than $2.50 for generic prescription drugs and $6.30 for brand name prescription drugs, due to expanded eligibility requirements for Medicare’s Low-Income Subsidy Program, also known as “Extra Help.” An eligible Medicare beneficiary can save up to $3,900 annually in this program. To apply at no cost visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs.




Safe Driving

Alzheimer’s disease medication improves skills needed when driving…In a study that may help assess driving safety of individuals with dementia, researchers found that when they treated people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease with cholinesterase inhibitors, their skills in computerized tests of executive function and visual attention — two skills required for safe driving — improved after three months of taking the medication.

Have a question? Need resources?

Connect with Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s licensed social workers at 1-866-232-8484, Skype, live chat or e-mail us. Connect with local member organizations. Our team is available 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) Monday to Friday. At other times, please send us an e-mail or leave us a voice message at 866.232.8484. In case of an emergency, call 911.

Your brain on smoking

According to a study of more than 9,000 participants, Kings College, London found that cigarette smoking may be doing more damage than meets the eye. If you’ve been smoking for an extended period of time, you’re likely familiar with at least some – if not all – of the bodily symptoms associated with smoking, including but certainly not limited to: Cravings, coughing, shortness of breath and changes to teeth, hair and skin. Coronary heart disease and/or lung cancer might not be far behind. But a new study published in the journal Age & Ageing concludes that smoking can damage your mind, too. A consistent association was observed between smoking and lower cognitive functioning, including memory. The bottom line: Smoking and long-term high blood pressure appear to increase the risk of cognitive decline.

Current Research

Alzheimer’s disease may be triggered by a multitude of factors, including age, genetic makeup, oxidative damage to neurons from the overproduction of toxic free radicals, serious head injuries, brain inflammation, and environmental factors. Age is the most important known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. There are two types of the disease: sporadic Alzheimer’s disease and familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD). Unlike sporadic Alzheimer’s disease, FAD follows an obvious inheritance pattern. Less than 10 percent of Alzheimer’s disease cases are FAD. This rare form of Alzheimer’s disease usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 60

Tor Eckert has been intimately involved all facets of Alzheimer’s disease since the 2005 including owning an Alzheimer’s Care Home. His public speaking forums – The Many Faces of Dementia have provide health care professionals, adult children, caregivers and families with a better of understanding of Alzheimer’s and the other dementias. Subject matter comes from his experiences, training and hundreds of professionally written articles from many sources. His library spans more than 150 articles which are categorized into group, many reprinted with permission from various organizations. For more information, please contact Tor at toreckert@sbcglobal.net.


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