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October 2010
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Eliminating Bedsores
Consistent periodic turning of immobile elders reduces the incidence of bedsores. Learn to evaluate risks for and anticipate potential problems associated with bedsores. Read more »

Beware Herbal Supplements With Heart Meds
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Detecting Drug-Induced Parkinsonism
Being aware of and detecting drug-induced Parkinsonism can help keep patients from being loaded with more medications. Read more »

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Implant Holds Promise for Aging Eyes
The Chicago Tribune reports that a new surgical technique may help restore vision in older adult patients who suffer from macular degeneration.

Stroke Stents Pose Risk to Those Older Than 70
Age is an important consideration in determining whether to place stents in stroke patients, according to an article in The Boston Globe.

Doula for the Dying
The need for specialized care for patients nearing death has spawned a compelling attraction for doulas for the dying, according to an article in Austin's The Statesman online edition.

For Elders at Home, It Takes a Village
Older adults determined to remain in their homes have become proactive in developing villages or elder communities in which their physical, social, and emotional needs can be met, according to an article in
The Columbus Dispatch

Editor’s E-Note

One of the most significant hindrances to developing medications to treat or eliminate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the limited number of clinical trials with participants whose backgrounds, experiences, and clinical information could contribute to the data researchers so desperately need.

Often families and caregivers are simply unaware that AD patients, if enrolled in clinical trials, could become part of the puzzle solution that has eluded researchers for so long. Now the Alzheimer’s Association’s TrialMatch provides a vehicle for determining precisely who may qualify for such trials and offers families and caregivers the opportunity to find additional meaning and purpose in the lives of elders suffering the cognitive decline associated with AD.

As healthcare professionals, you possess a unique opportunity to suggest to families and caregivers the possibility of enrollment in clinical trials for patients who may be appropriate for the experience. Bolstering the number of participants is key to closing in on the answers to expert AD researchers’ many questions.

We welcome your comments at And visit Aging Well’s website at or our Facebook page for news, articles, and information important to professionals in the field of aging, as well as to subscribe to our print or digital issues.

— Barbara Worthington, editor

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Click HereTrialMatch Connects Elders With Potentially Life-Altering Studies

The Alzheimer's Association recently announced the launch of TrialMatch, a confidential and free interactive tool that provides comprehensive clinical trial information and an individualized trial-matching service for older adults with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related dementias.

There are as many as 5.3 million Americans living with AD, and every 70 seconds someone in America develops the disease, according to the association's 2010 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report. This year there will be 500,000 new cases of AD; in 2050, there will be nearly 1 million new cases annually.

“Alzheimer's disease is clearly the No. 1 public health challenge of the 21st century and research is the only way to solve this problem,” said William Thies, PhD, chief medical and scientific officer at the Alzheimer's Association. Recruiting and retaining trial participants is one of the greatest obstacles to developing the next generation of Alzheimer's treatments, perhaps second only to lack of funding.

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