A recent study has revealed a possible link between cognitive impairment (and dementia) and a laundry list of common pharmaceuticals used to treat the cold, blood pressure, depression and other conditions.  These drugs are classified as ANTICHOLINERGICS.  Their function includes prohibiting a chemical known as ACETYLCHOLINE from functioning correctly in our nervous system which can relieve bothersome symptoms of the respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal variety.  Unfortunately, many drugs such as Dimetapp, Benadryl and Paxil make this list.  A new analysis took a look at 451 individuals, average age 73, 60 of which had been administering themselves anticholinergic drugs for at least 30 days.  Across the board, there was indication of reduced brain volume in areas connected to cognitive function as well as lower levels of glucose in part of the brain in participants who used anticholinergics.  While the study did not conclusively prove these medications were the cause of the findings, evidence is building to support the connection between these drugs and cognitive issues later in life.  Patients are encouraged to speak with their doctor regarding the risks of anticholinergic meds and any health concerns they may have.

What is dementia?

The trademark signs of dementia are recognized by the following criteria:

  • Diminished cognitive function
  • Memory loss

This condition can result in the loss of normal every day information such as names of family members, and the individual’s own home address.  Behavioral tell-tale signs also include:

  • Getting lost in familiar areas
  • Losing track of date or time
  • Repeating questions
  • Delusional behavior
  • Aggressive behavior

This disease is slow and progressive and can develop over a long period of time-this is evident in its stronger presence in seniors and the elderlyIf your loved one is beginning to show signs of this condition or you feel symptoms have already begun to set in, speak with their medical practitioner about what the appropriate course of action is.  All Alzheimer’s disease patients are different and no 2 sets of circumstances shall be the same.  Enlisting the assistance and guidance of a trained and experienced Alzheimer’s & Dementia care provider can make this transition much smoother.  Dealing with the changes in our loved ones as they begin to deal with this condition can be difficult-you do not need to go on this journey alone.  If only for a day or a few hours weekly, Short-Term Care or Respite Care can go a long way to easing stresses of these situations.

A-1 Home Care takes great pride in exceeding our client’s expectations by delivering personalized care and service with compassion and dedication. We are proud to be serving all of Los Angeles and Orange County.  Established in 1991, we are the home care agency of choice for doctors, social workers, case managers and discharge planners across Southern California.  State Licensed, bonded and insured; we also offer easy financing with affordable payment plans and terms.  Contact us today at (310) 657-8780 or (562) 929-8400 to learn more!

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