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WHAT ARE THE CURRENT BEST PRACTICES FOR TAKING CARE OF SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA? ELIZABETH TRACEYR REPORTS

Alzheimer's disease remains incurable, but by providing a range of interventions, the course of the disease can be slowed and quality of life preserved as much as possible, research presented at the recent Alzheimer's Association International Conference concludes. Constantine Lyketsos, an AD expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.

LYKETSOS: The armamentarium right now has a package of activities that we call dementia care. Those go all the way from using carefully some of the FDA approved medicines but also include some very important activities related to protecting the patient from biologic stresses. People with dementia are very to having operations, to getting colds, to getting bladder infections and other general medical problems, so being very meticulous about picking up a bad cold or bladder infection, being very meticulous about general medical care. :34

Lyketsos says prompt rehabilitation after illness also helps. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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