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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333613/collaborative-management-of-neurocognitive-disorders-in-primary-care-explorations-of-an-attempt-at-culture-change
#1
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy
INTRODUCTION: Minor neurocognitive disorder (MiND; previously mild cognitive impairment) is a transitional zone between normal cognitive function and early stages of major neurocognitive disorder (previously called dementia). Of people with MiND, 5% to 10% progress to major neurocognitive disorder. Simple interventions such as memory activities, balance exercises, and anti-inflammatory diets have been shown to improve cognitive ability. Also, education and support in group settings have proved beneficial for patients with MiND...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331022/effect-of-non-pharmacological-intervention-for-apathy-response-to-one-on-one-reminiscence-based-intervention
#2
Akira Okada, Tetsuya Ueda
Apathy has adverse consequences for patients and caregivers. However, the therapeutic approach remains uncertain. Here, we present the case of a man aged 67 years who only developed apathy after surgery for oesophageal cancer. He showed no response to intervention with donepezil, a 'brain training' video game and psychoeducation for apathy. Subsequently, we implemented a programme designed to facilitate recall of 2 themes (editorial content and television shows during the week) once a week. After 3 months, the scores of 2 apathy scales rated by the patient's wife, psychological test scores and brain perfusion single-photon emission CT data improved compared with those obtained before intervention...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330615/differential-aging-analysis-in-human-cerebral-cortex-identifies-variants-in-tmem106b-and-grn-that-regulate-aging-phenotypes
#3
Herve Rhinn, Asa Abeliovich
Human age-associated traits, such as cognitive decline, can be highly variable across the population, with some individuals exhibiting traits that are not expected at a given chronological age. Here we present differential aging (Δ-aging), an unbiased method that quantifies individual variability in age-associated phenotypes within a tissue of interest, and apply this approach to the analysis of existing transcriptome-wide cerebral cortex gene expression data from several cohorts totaling 1,904 autopsied human brain samples...
March 15, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330379/patient-self-defined-goals
#4
Sandra Ellen Schellinger, Eric Worden Anderson, Monica Schmitz Frazer, Cindy Lynn Cain
This research, a descriptive qualitative analysis of self-defined serious illness goals, expands the knowledge of what goals are important beyond the physical-making existing disease-specific guidelines more holistic. Integration of goals of care discussions and documentation is standard for quality palliative care but not consistently executed into general and specialty practice. Over 14 months, lay health-care workers (care guides) provided monthly supportive visits for 160 patients with advanced heart failure, cancer, and dementia expected to die in 2 to 3 years...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329857/-play-and-people-living-with-dementia-a-humanities-based-inquiry-of-timeslips-and-the-alzheimer-s-poetry-project
#5
Aagje Swinnen, Kate de Medeiros
This paper is a humanities-based inquiry, applying Huizinga's framework of homo ludens ("man the player") to consider "play" in the context of two participatory arts programs (TimeSlips and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project) for people living with dementia. "Play," according to this Dutch historian, is at the heart of human activity and what gives meaning to life. Despite empirical research on play across the life course, play in dementia care is a relatively new idea. In addition, there is a dearth of reports based on humanistic inquiry which has slightly different goals than the growing body of qualitative and quantitative studies of participatory arts interventions...
January 18, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329835/machine-learning-sentiment-analysis-and-tweets-an-examination-of-alzheimer-s-disease-stigma-on-twitter
#6
Nels Oscar, Pamela A Fox, Racheal Croucher, Riana Wernick, Jessica Keune, Karen Hooker
Objectives: Social scientists need practical methods for harnessing large, publicly available datasets that inform the social context of aging. We describe our development of a semi-automated text coding method and use a content analysis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia portrayal on Twitter to demonstrate its use. The approach improves feasibility of examining large publicly available datasets. Method: Machine learning techniques modeled stigmatization expressed in 31,150 AD-related tweets collected via Twitter's search API based on 9 AD-related keywords...
March 2, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329827/the-influence-of-the-physical-envirnment-on-residents-with-dementia-in-long-term-care-settings-a-review-of-the-empirical-literature
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Habib Chaudhury, Heather A Cooke, Heather Cowie, Leila Razaghi
Background and Objectives: The physical environment in long-term care facilities has an important role in the care of residents with dementia. This paper presents a literature review focusing on recent empirical research in this area and situates the research with therapeutic goals related to the physical environment. Research Design and Methods: A comprehensive literature search was conducted in Ageline, PsychINFO, CINAHL, Medline and Google Scholar databases to identify relevant articles...
March 10, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328043/csf-tau-and-the-csf-tau-abeta-ratio-for-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-dementia-and-other-dementias-in-people-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci
#8
REVIEW
Craig Ritchie, Nadja Smailagic, Anna H Noel-Storr, Obioha Ukoumunne, Emma C Ladds, Steven Martin
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that measurable change in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers occurs years in advance of the onset of clinical symptoms (Beckett 2010). In this review, we aimed to assess the ability of CSF tau biomarkers (t-tau and p-tau) and the CSF tau (t-tau or p-tau)/ABeta ratio to enable the detection of Alzheimer's disease pathology in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). These biomarkers have been proposed as important in new criteria for Alzheimer's disease dementia that incorporate biomarker abnormalities...
March 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327120/where-s-the-evidence-a-systematic-review-of-economic-analyses-of-residential-aged-care-infrastructure
#9
Tiffany Easton, Rachel Milte, Maria Crotty, Julie Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: Residential care infrastructure, in terms of the characteristics of the organisation (such as proprietary status, size, and location) and the physical environment, have been found to directly influence resident outcomes. This review aimed to summarise the existing literature of economic evaluations of residential care infrastructure. METHODS: A systematic review of English language articles using AgeLine, CINAHL, Econlit, Informit (databases in Health; Business and Law; Social Sciences), Medline, ProQuest, Scopus, and Web of Science with retrieval up to 14 December 2015...
March 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326011/the-virtual-trial
#10
Willem de Haan
Although brain network analysis in neurodegenerative disease is still a fairly young discipline, expectations are high. The robust theoretical basis, the straightforward detection and explanation of otherwise intangible complex system phenomena, and the correlations of network features with pathology and cognitive status are qualities that show the potential power of this new instrument. We expect "connectomics" to eventually better explain and predict that essential but still poorly understood aspect of dementia: the relation between pathology and cognitive symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325164/development-of-a-decision-making-tool-for-reporting-drivers-with-mild-dementia-and-mild-cognitive-impairment-to-transportation-administrators
#11
Duncan H Cameron, Carla Zucchero Sarracini, Linda Rozmovits, Gary Naglie, Nathan Herrmann, Frank Molnar, John Jordan, Anna Byszewski, David Tang-Wai, Jamie Dow, Christopher Frank, Blair Henry, Nicholas Pimlott, Dallas Seitz, Brenda Vrkljan, Rebecca Taylor, Mario Masellis, Mark J Rapoport
BACKGROUND: Driving in persons with dementia poses risks that must be counterbalanced with the importance of the care for autonomy and mobility. Physicians often find substantial challenges in the assessment and reporting of driving safety for persons with dementia. This paper describes a driving in dementia decision tool (DD-DT) developed to aid physicians in deciding when to report older drivers with either mild dementia or mild cognitive impairment to local transportation administrators...
March 22, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324972/analysis-of-spontaneous-eeg-activity-in-alzheimer-s-disease-using-cross-sample-entropy-and-graph-theory
#12
Carlos Gomez, Jesus Poza, Javier Gomez-Pilar, Alejandro Bachiller, Celia Juan-Cruz, Miguel A Tola-Arribas, Alicia Carreres, Monica Cano, Roberto Hornero
The aim of this pilot study was to analyze spontaneous electroencephalography (EEG) activity in Alzheimer's disease (AD) by means of Cross-Sample Entropy (Cross-SampEn) and two local measures derived from graph theory: clustering coefficient (CC) and characteristic path length (PL). Five minutes of EEG activity were recorded from 37 patients with dementia due to AD and 29 elderly controls. Our results showed that Cross-SampEn values were lower in the AD group than in the control one for all the interactions among EEG channels...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324298/circadian-disruption-associated-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Yumna Saeed, Sabra M Abbott
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is increasing in prevalence and has a significant impact on caregivers and the healthcare system. One of the many physiologic process affected by AD is the circadian system, with disruption reflected in abnormalities of the sleep-wake cycle. This interaction is bidirectional, with circadian and sleep disruption influencing disease progression. Understanding the bidirectional relationship between AD and circadian disruption may allow for earlier recognition of the potential to develop dementia as well as improved targeted approaches for therapy...
April 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323333/a-longitudinal-study-of-the-mini-mental-state-examination-in-late-nonagenarians-and-its-relationship-with-dementia-mortality-and-education
#14
Johan Skoog, Kristoffer Backman, Mats Ribbe, Hanna Falk, Pia Gudmundsson, Valgeir Thorvaldsson, Anne Borjesson-Hanson, Svante Ostling, Boo Johansson, Ingmar Skoog
OBJECTIVES: To examine level of and change in cognitive status using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in relation to dementia, mortality, education, and sex in late nonagenarians. DESIGN: Three-year longitudinal study with examinations at ages 97, 99, and 100. SETTING: Trained psychiatric research nurses examined participants at their place of living. PARTICIPANTS: A representative population-based sample of 97-year-old Swedes (N = 591; 107 men, 484 women) living in Gothenburg, Sweden...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320273/impact-of-changes-in-neurotrophic-supplementation-on-development-of-alzheimer-s-disease-like-pathology-in-oxys-rats
#15
E A Rudnitskaya, N G Kolosova, N A Stefanova
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of age-related dementia. The development of neurodegeneration in AD is closely related to alterations in neurotrophic supplementation of the brain, which may be caused either by disorder of neurotrophin metabolism or by modification of its availability due to changes in the microenvironment of neurons. The underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In this work, we used senescence-accelerated OXYS rats as a unique model of the sporadic form of AD to examine the relationship of development of AD signs and changes in neurotrophic supplementation of the cortex...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316870/dural-arteriovenous-fistula-manifested-as-rapid-progressive-dementia-successfully-treated-by-endovascular-embolization-only
#16
Heewon Hwang, Yun Kyung La, Min Seok Baek, Kyoungwon Baik, Sang Hyun Suh, Won-Joo Kim
A 43-year-old male presented with daytime sleepiness at work and indifferent behavior like never before. Two weeks prior to hospital admission, he had episodic memory loss with well preserved remote memory. Brain MRI showed a dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) in the right lateral transverse sinus with a bilateral thalamic venous infarction. Cerebral angiography confirmed a right transverse sigmoid dural arteriovenous fistula with a feeding artery of the right occipital artery and left posterior meningeal artery...
March 2017: Neurointervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316557/achieving-prudent-dementia-care-palliare-an-international-policy-and-practice-imperative
#17
Debbie Tolson, Anne Fleming, Elizabeth Hanson, Wilson de Abreu, Manuel Lillo Crespo, Rhoda Macrae, Graham Jackson, Simona Hvalič-Touzery, Iva Holmerová, Pirkko Routasalo
This paper examines the provision of integrated advanced dementia care within seven European countries and critically reviews the potential contribution of the Prudent Healthcare perspective as a starting point for reform. Progressive efforts to innovate, promote quality and integrate care are tempered with the reality of resource constraints. Some policy makers in Europe and North America have turned their attention to the principles of Prudent Healthcare as a potential mechanism to maximise benefits for patients within available resources...
December 31, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315047/putting-dementia-awareness-into-general-practice-the-cadif-approach
#18
Michael Pentzek, Horst Christian Vollmar, Stefan Wilm, Verena Leve
BACKGROUND: International studies show that dementia is often recognized at later stages in general practice. Pure knowledge-sharing interventions could not change this in a sustainable manner. Concepts for changing attitudes of general practitioners (GPs) are required. OBJECTIVES: What barriers affect GPs' recognition of and diagnostic approach to dementia? What recommendations for a GP-specific diagnostic procedure can be derived from this? METHODS: Metasynthesis of qualitative studies with GPs on barriers to dementia recognition, explication of the "frailty" concept and the diagnostic approach described therein and the development of an approach in cases of suspected cognitive decline in a multiprofessional team...
March 17, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304312/cognitive-rehabilitation-in-alzheimer-s-disease-a-controlled-intervention-trial
#19
Katharina Brueggen, Elisabeth Kasper, Sina Ochmann, Henrike Pfaff, Steffi Webel, Wolfgang Schneider, Stefan Teipel
BACKGROUND: Cognitive Rehabilitation for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an integrative multimodal intervention. It aims to maintain autonomy and quality of life by enhancing the patients' abilities to compensate for decreased cognitive functioning. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the feasibility of a group-based Cognitive Rehabilitation approach in mild AD dementia and assessed its effect on activities of daily living (ADL). METHODS: We included 16 patients with AD dementia in a controlled partial-randomized design...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304297/information-and-communication-technologies-for-the-activities-of-daily-living-in-older-patients-with-dementia-a-systematic-review
#20
Grazia D'Onofrio, Daniele Sancarlo, Francesco Ricciardi, Francesco Panza, Davide Seripa, Filippo Cavallo, Francesco Giuliani, Antonio Greco
BACKGROUND: Significant innovations have been introduced in recent years in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support healthcare for patients with dementia. OBJECTIVE: In the present systematic review, our goal is to keep track of ICT concepts and approaches to support the range of activities of daily living for people with dementia and to provide a snapshot of the effect that technology is having on patients' self-reliance...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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