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Dementia

Sep 1, 2003 Issue
Gingko Biloba [Article]

Ginkgo biloba is commonly used in the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, peripheral claudication, and tinnitus of vascular origin. Multiple trials investigating the efficacy of ginkgo for treating cerebrovascular disease and dementia have been performed, and systematic ...


Jun 1, 2003 Issue
Use of Atypical Antipsychotics in Patients with Dementia [Article]

Increasingly, atypical antipsychotic drugs are prescribed for elderly patients with symptoms of psychosis and behavioral disturbances. These symptoms often occur in patients with Alzheimer's disease, other dementias, or Parkinson's disease. As the average age of Americans increases, the prevalence o...


Jun 15, 2002 Issue
Guidelines for Managing Alzheimer's Disease: Part II. Treatment [Article]

Once the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease has been made, a treatment plan must be developed. This plan should include cholinesterase inhibitor therapy to temporarily improve cognition or slow the rate of cognitive decline, management of comorbid conditions, treatment of behavioral symptoms ...


Jun 1, 2002 Issue
Guidelines for Managing Alzheimer's Disease: Part I. Assessment [Article]

Family physicians play a key role in assessing and managing patients with Alzheimer's disease and in linking the families of these patients to supportive services within the community. As part of comprehensive management, the family physician may be responsible for coordinating assessments of patien...


Apr 15, 2002 Issue
Feeding Tubes in Patients with Severe Dementia [Article]

Patients with advanced dementia are among the most challenging patients to care for because they are often bedridden and dependent in all activities of daily living. Difficulty with eating is especially prominent and distresses family members and health care professionals. Health care professionals ...


Jul 15, 2001 Issue
Can the Patient Decide? Evaluating Patient Capacity in Practice [Article]

Physicians assess the decision-making capacity of their patients at every clinical encounter. Patients with an abrupt change in mental status, who refuse recommended treatment, who consent too hastily to treatment or who have a known risk factor for impaired decision-making should be evaluated more ...


Feb 15, 2001 Issue
Early Diagnosis of Dementia [Article]

Until recently, the most significant issue facing a family physician regarding the diagnosis and treatment of dementia was ruling out delirium and potentially treatable etiologies. However, as more treatment options become available, it will become increasingly important to diagnose dementia early. ...


Jan 1, 2000 Issue
The Older Adult Driver [Article]

More adults aged 65 and older will be driving in the next few decades. Many older drivers are safe behind the wheel and do not need intensive testing for license renewal. Others, however, have physiologic or cognitive impairments that can affect their mobility and driving safety. When an older patie...


Nov 1, 1999 Issue
Caretaker Burnout: Supporting Families of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease [Curbside Consultation]

The case study described above outlines a situation that is far too common in families dealing with Alzheimer's disease.


Dec 01, 1998 Issue
Senile Dementia of the Binswanger's Type [Article]

Senile dementia of the Binswanger's type is a term used to describe a dementia syndrome characterized by onset in the sixth or seventh decade of life, subcortical neurologic deficits, psychiatric disorders and evidence of hypertension or systemic vascular disease. The status of senile dementia of th...


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