One in Three Will Be Affected By Dementia

(PRWEB) January 4, 2002

AWESOME NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Jacqueline Marcell

(949) 975-1012

jmarcell@elderrage.com

three will be affected by dementia,

in themselves or a loved one

Irvine CA, January 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 was. She gave up her life as a television executive, has gone through 40 caregivers and cried rivers for a year before she was able to solve the endless crisis and recounts how, in his new book, Elder Rage, or driving 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 an unsympathetic medical system, until ‘that she finally found help for her? Jekyll & Hyde? father began to dementia.


Education is the key

Marcell points

that there are many types of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is just one form, and there is no stopping the progression nor is it a cure. There are three stages: a stage usually lasts 2-4 years, 2-10 years Stage (and usually requires full-time care) and the third phase lasts 1-3 years. Statistically families (and many doctors) to wait 4 years, ignoring the warning signs before reaching through (through Stage One), because they mistakenly believe that these intermittently odd behaviors are just a normal part 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), dementia could be slowed progress as quickly as would otherwise be 2-4 years, keeping a loved one in the first stage 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 medication to slow down dementia and improve cognitive abilities, and then treated for depression and aggression. Then, after also balance with optimal nutrition, Marcell was able to do behavior modification (rewards and consequences), and managed to turn around life-long negative behavior of the majority of the time. The final touch was to the parents of the bed (“waiting to die”) and in adult day care, which has 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 knew how to handle the abuse would be reduced. She is pleased that the National Center on Elder Abuse 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 a captivating novel and hope to find solutions and tangible.? 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. 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 a novel non-fiction book and a self-help 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 day care – and it includes many valuable 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 Rockefeller and the National Adult Day Services Association.

Hitting a chord with baby boomers

Marcell

speaks nationally for families and professionals on advocacy for 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 California First Lady Sharon Davis. CNN and NBC have interviewed, she was a regular guest on radio talk, Prevention magazine published an article, and the University of Tennessee Department of Psychology of Education is using Elder Rage as text for their course, “Assessing and Managing geriatric patients. ‘ 105 rave reviews on Amazon.com indicate it? S struck a chord with a topical issue.

Marcell said,? Dementia costs American businesses more than $ 33 billion per year, 79% of lost productivity and absenteeism of employees who must care for family members in need. 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 that no one else will ever have to go through what I did.? Determined to make a difference, she says her mission is,? Go to Washington as soon as possible and help change our laws for the elderly. 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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Copyright 2001

Permission is granted to freely distribute this article with contact information in place:

Jacqueline Marcell

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

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