One in Three Will Be Affected by Dementia, Either in Themselves or a Loved One

(PRWEB) March 16, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jacqueline Marcell

Office: (949) 975-1012

jmarcell@elderrage.com

three will be affected by dementia,

in themselves or a loved one

Irvine CA, March 2002 – If you re care of the elderly relatives and find the task daunting, then you are in the same position as the author, Jacqueline Marcell, is?. She gave up her career as a television director, went through 40 caregivers and cried rivers for a year before she was able to resolve the crisis without end, and tells how, in his new book, Elder Rage, or lead my father … Please! How to survive caring for aging parents (Impressive Press, $ 19.95, http://www.ElderRage.com). Comes with a humorous tone, it brings a taboo subject in the open air, and tells how she fought through unsympathetic medical system and endured the wrath of his “Jekyll & Hyde” the father, until it finally found help for him and his sick mother. What she did not understand was that his life-long entrenched behavior pattern of screaming and yelling to get his way, began to deform with the onset of dementia.


Education is the key

Marcell points

everyone becomes aggressive with dementia. She said that her mother was “soft and beautiful” both before and after the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, indicating that the disease can manifest itself in several ways. There are several types of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is just one form, and there is no stopping the progression nor is it a cure. A stage usually lasts 2-4 years; second stage lasts from 20 to 10 years (and usually requires full-time care) and the third phase lasts 1 – 3 years. Statistically families (and many doctors who are not specialists in dementia) wait 4 years, ignoring the warning signs before reaching through (through Stage One), because they mistakenly believe that these behaviors are just a weird intermittent normal part of aging and untreatable senility. Marcell said? At the age of 65, one in ten people has some form of dementia, and by the age of 85 One in two people it has. Surprisingly, the fastest growing segment of our population is the group of 85 + .??

Marcell said his mission is,? spread the word about the importance of early diagnosis to the 78 million baby boomers who are often in denial about elder care until they are in crisis.? She wants everyone to know that using drugs (Aricept, Exelon or Reminyl), symptoms of dementia may be masked and slowed down by 2-4 years, keeping a loved one in a step longer, which is intermittent and mild . ? Seeking help early can save families a lot of grief and money, and save our society from the burden of caring for so many seniors back earlier than necessary. It’s really very simple: when your loved one does something that seems illogical or irrational – it is! You do not need a Ph.D. to know something is wrong, you need a doctor who can diagnose and treat this p .??

where she found help

Marcell credits Alzheimer’s Association (800-272-3900) for its reference to geriatric specialists who discovered his father’s early dementia of Alzheimer’s disease. (His regular doctors missed entirely.) They prescribed medications to improve cognitive abilities, then treated with aggression (often present) depression. Then, after also balance with optimal nutrition, Marcell began what she calls, “Behavior modification 101”, composed of rewards and consequences (because its short-term memory was still good enough), and managed to turn around his bad-behavior-most of the time. The final touch was itself into a support group, and get both parents out of bed (“waiting to die”), and involved in daily activities and socialization to a care facility, adult health day – that completely changed their lives to 81 and 87.

Marcell adds,? 75% of patients with dementia are cared for at home, and unfortunately, the abuse reached epidemic proportions, because families are so poorly prepared for the frustration of caring for their elders, who are living longer than ever. She believes that if people understood how to manage it well, abuse would be reduced. She is pleased that the National Center on Elder Abuse recently published a very favorable review of Elder Rage in its national newsletter.

Get the word

AARP Bulletin

Marcell featured on the cover (circulation 22 million), with Elder Rage on the fast track to become a best seller. ? I reach children frustrated adults who read like a novel, and find tangible solutions to the hope and the management of their “difficult” elderly relatives.? The endorsement by the specialist dementia renowned Dr. Rodman Shankle,? A guide to doctors to treat aggression in dementia? helps physicians diagnose and treat this the most troubling aspect of dementia, which may occur in some patients. The essential message of both the author and the doctor is that? It can still be a good life after a diagnosis of dementia, if properly managed medically and behavioral .?? p
Elder Rage

is also an extensive self-help book with answers to difficult “how to” questions such as how their loved ones to give up driving, accept a caregiver, see another doctor, go to daycare More than a new home – and includes a host of useful resources, websites and recommended readings. 40 + high-profile endorsements include: Hugh Downs, Regis Philbin, Dr. Dean Edell, the late Steve Allen, Jacqueline Bisset, Ed Asner, Dr. Bernie Siegel, Dr. John Gray, Leeza Gibbons, Robert Stack, Dr. Nancy Snyderman / ABC News, Johns Hopkins Memory Clinic, Duke University Center for Aging, Dr. Eric Tangalos / Mayo Clinic, Dr. Rudy Tanzi / Harvard Medical School, Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, and the National Adult Day Services Association – who honored Marcell with their annual award NADS media in April, when she speaks of the American Society on Aging in Denver.

Hitting a chord with baby boomers

Marcell speaks nationally for families and professionals on awareness of seniors and reform (http://www.elderrage.com/Events.asp). It replaced a sick Maureen Reagan at the conference of the Governor for women, will present a seminar with caregivng California First Lady Sharon Davis. CNN and NBC have interviewed, she was a frequent guest on talk radio and television, including “Iyanla” show; Prevention magazine published an article, and the University of Tennessee Department of Educational Psychology Elder Rage is using as a text for their course, “Assessment and management of geriatric patients.” 115 rave reviews on Amazon.com indicate it? S struck a chord with a topical issue.

Marcell said, the costs of dementia more than 33 U.S. companies billions of dollars a year -? 79% of lost productivity and absenteeism of employees who are absent to care for sick family members. Everyone should know the warning signs of dementia and the importance of asking for help sooner rather than later.? She says she has learned the hard way care, which is why she wrote her first book? So no one would ever have to go through what I did.? Determined to make a difference, she says her mission is, to visit Washington as soon as possible and help change our laws to Seniors “She laughs:” I have an ulterior motive -?. I have no children, so I have to help sort things out before I’m old! “

?? Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease? S

1. Recent memory loss that affects job skills

2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks

3. Problems with language

4. Disorientation of time and place

5. Judgement weak

6. Problems with abstract thinking

7. Misplaced items

8. Changes in mood or behavior

9. Changes in personality

10. Loss of initiative

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Jacqueline Marcell

http://www.ElderRage.com Phone :???? (949) 975-1012 Fax :???????? (949) 975-1013 jmarcell@elderrage.com

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