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Intel brochure for the Alzheimer's Association in the USA with research funding in the amount of one million dollars * Book about Alzheimer's

Avi Blizovsky

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The Intel concern is donating one million dollars and establishing together with the Alzheimer's Association in the USA a corporation for joint research of technology that will help Alzheimer's patients.

The organization is called "Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Treatment" (ETAC), and some of the technologies that will be developed with Intel funding will slow down the development of Alzheimer's syndromes and will be able to compensate for the limiting effects of the disease.

In addition, the ETAC organization intends to use the funding for research that will delay or prevent the transfer of Alzheimer's patients to hospitalization in nursing wards.

"By working with the Alzheimer's Association, we hope to encourage innovative research that reveals how computing and communication technologies can support behaviors that help detect and prevent the disease, increase patients' independence and improve their quality of life," said David Tannenhaus, Vice President and Director of Research at Intel.

Intel is already working through a strategic research project called "Proactive Health", on the development of a prototype of technologies for home use that meet the needs of older people. Among other things, Intel is developing a prototype for a wireless "sensing network" built from thousands of small sensing devices that can be placed around the house to monitor behaviors such as sleep and eating patterns, location, and even give reminders to take medication. According to Intel, the data collected in the sensor network can be used to detect and prevent dementia.

36 hours a day family guide for treating Alzheimer's patients

*By: Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins *Translation: Lilit Barkat *Publisher: Shimoni

Until recently, most people assumed that dementia (madness) was a natural result of aging and only a few researchers were willing to show an interest in it and study the phenomenon. In the last thirty years, there has been a change in the approach to the diseases of aging and now it is known that dementia is not a natural result of aging, but is caused by specific diseases that can be identified, the diagnosis and existing assessment of which is important to identify conditions that can be treated, although not completely cured.

Alzheimer's disease, like memory loss syndrome and the other associated dementia diseases, manifests first and foremost in the loss, or impairment, of mental faculties. The symptoms of dementia can be caused by many different diseases, some of which are treatable. Thyroid disease, for example, may cause treatable dementia. Alzheimer's disease is considered the most common cause of irreversible dementia in adults. The intellectual impairment gradually progresses from forgetfulness to total functional incapacity. Structural changes in the brain are seen in post-mortem examinations of people who have had Alzheimer's. The cause of the disease is unknown, but it can be of great help in reducing the patient's behavioral and emotional symptoms.

The book "36 hours a day" was written for the patients' families by a former consultant and member of the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association in the USA and by a professor of psychiatry. The first thing to expect from the doctor in dementia diseases, say the authors, is an accurate diagnosis. Once the diagnosis has been made, ongoing assistance from a doctor, neuropsychologist, social workers, nurses and recreational therapists is needed to diagnose the affected person and help his family with assistance and good advice regarding ongoing care. When a person suffers from difficulty in thinking, memory or learning, or shows changes in personality, it is important that a thorough assessment be performed on him, according to which it will be possible to check the exact nature of the disease, whether the condition is reversible or treatable, as well as to check the nature and extent of the damage, and the areas in which the person can still function Successfully. It must be diagnosed if the patient suffers from additional health problems, which may worsen his mental problems, his social and psychological needs must be checked, what are the means available to him, who is the family supposed to take care of him and what are the changes that can be expected in him in the future.

Multiple detailed explanations of the essence of dementing diseases are provided below. These diseases are also manifested in the loss of coordination and the sense of time and the difficulty of conducting oneself independently. Sometimes the patient insists on continuing his work, sometimes he is characterized by a tendency to belligerence, and sometimes he suffers from speech and communication problems. Attention should be paid, say the experts, to the dangers lurking at the door of the patient and his caregivers, such as behaviors resulting from eating problems, malnutrition and suffocation. It is necessary to decide when it is time to feed the patient through a tube, how to maintain his personal hygiene, what accessories will fit in the bathroom and what other changes should be made at home to adapt to him, what to do when the patient is not in control of his needs and more.

The future does not look rosy, from any angle you look at it. But it still has one comforting side: the authors claim that although the book focuses mainly on the patients' problems, it is important to remember that people suffering from confusion still continue to experience joy and happiness together with their families. Since dementia diseases develop slowly, they leave behind the affected person's ability to enjoy life and connect with other people. When the disease worsens it is important to remember that regardless of the person's poor memory or strange behavior, he is still a person created in his image and you can continue to love him even after he changes completely.

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