Repetitive Pointless Behaviour in Dementia

Parkinson’s disease and stimulant use: Punding and Impulse Control Disorders associated with dopaminergic agents. Repetitive behaviour, often pointless or maladaptive, occurs in association with a number of brain disorders, including dementia. One recently described example occurs as an adverse effect of the dopaminergic treatment of Parkinson’s disease or Restless Legs Syndrome. This disorder (‘the dopamine dysregulation syndrome’) has been named ‘punding’ – a term first used in Sweden for the …

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Dementia, Decision-Making and Family Conflict – The Role of Mediation in a Legal Setting

The Guardianship Board of South Australia is tasked with making decisions about people with impaired decision-making capacity, including those suffering from mental illness or dementia. In addition to formal hearings, the Guardianship Board of SA conducts mediations or “Preliminary Conferences”, where the Board endeavours to assists parties to reach agreement about decisions and outcomes for the person who, as a result of the illness, no longer has decision-making capacity (a …

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Studies suggest that even slight mental decline can harm health

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) Even the state of mild cognitive impairment, which often precedes dementia, is associated with a wide array of negative health effects, two new studies suggest. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is defined as “the stage between normal forgetfulness due to aging and the development of dementia.” People with MCI — which does not necessarily progress to dementia — …

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Drug use soars in aged-care facilities

Adam Cresswell, Health editor From: The Australian March 07, 2011 12:00AM MORE elderly people are being dosed up on powerful mood-altering drugs, according to a study that finds use of the drugs in some nursing homes has soared. A study of nearly 2500 residents of 44 western Sydney nursing homes shows that nearly a quarter are taking antidepressants almost every day, up from 15 per cent in 1993. The proportion on …

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