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Title: Aging with a Developmental Disability

Aging with a Developmental Disability
  • Leonard L. Magnani, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Alta California Regional Center
  • Sacramento

Access, Attitudes, and Aging Community Health
Care for Adults with Developmental
Disabilities September 25, 2007
Aging From Birth to Death
  • Our concern The life-cycle stage of senescence
    (from the Latin, senesco, to grow old)
  • Life span ? life expectancy the span-queens
    live to be 120-126 years. Our life expectancy is
    77-78, an arithmetic mean, that changes as we
  • Simply stated, the best way to make it to 80 is
    to first make it to 70 and at 80, your odds go
    up to make 90!
  • Life expectancy calculators ask current age, and
    then questions about background, family, life
    style, etc.

Effects on Health During the Aging Process
  • Normal aging process
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Genetic effects
  • Environment
  • An example Japanese women increase their
    risk of breast cancer 10 times if they live in
    the United States for most of their adult life

Aging With a Developmental Disability
Effects of the disability and its treatment
Normal effects of aging
Limited access to quality health care
Lack of knowledge about aging for people with DD
Inadequate funding for health care
Person with a Disability
Lifestyle effects
Negative attitudes about people with disabilities
Decreased Quality of Life
Aging with a Developmental
Disability1. Review of Systems Head to
Toe Summary 2. Dementia and Alzheimers
The Tippy-top The Scalp
  • Hair follicles die, hair thins or balding occurs
  • More seborrhea and actinic keratoses in those
    with developmental disabilitiesWhy?
  • The Theme Increasednot decreasedcare and
    attention is needed for those with disabilities
  • a. more brushing and inspection of
  • b. special shampoos and lotions
  • c. hats worn even on warm days

Vision Changes of Aging
  • Loss of acuity as eye muscles atrophy
  • Loss of accommodation (presbyopia)
  • Decrease in light transmission
  • Changes in color perception (greens, blues,
  • Decrease in dark adaptation
  • Less able to adapt to glare
  • Decreased visual field

Communication of the Problem What you see is
what you get
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Squinting
  • Shutting or covering one eye
  • Tilting or thrusting head forward
  • Redness of eye or area around eyes

Changes in mechanical behaviors
  • Stumbling or stepping on objects
  • Hesitancy navigating a step or a curb
  • Holding a page or an object up close
  • Sitting very near the TV

Some Common Eye Diseases Associated with Aging
  • Dry eyes - scratchy, irritated
  • Blepharitis - red, itchy lids (dont blame
  • Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)
  • Cataracts - gradual clouding of lens
  • Diabetic retinopathy - damage to retina that can
    be attenuated with laser coagulation
  • Glaucoma gradual tunnel vision, then blindness
  • Keratoconus disease of eye surface (cornea)
    this and cataracts are far more common in persons
    with Down Syndrome

Types of Senescent Vision Loss
  • Loss of central vision
  • Blind spot for central field
  • Unable to see faces or read letters
  • Loss of acuity or clarity
  • Caused by macular disease

Macular Degeneration (MD)
  • Age-related MD is the leading cause of
    irreversible blindness in our country
  • Manifests itself as early as age 40 or 45
  • Yellowish deposits under retina (drusen) may be
    the earliest signs (cause or effect?)
  • Choroidal neovascularization may follow
  • About 12 million people in the US have MD and 7-8
    million with drusen are at risk

Types of Vision Loss (contd)
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • From glaucoma or retinitis pigmentosa
  • Affects safe mobility
  • Diffuse loss across visual field
  • From diabetes, cataracts, keratoconus
  • Vision may fluctuate based on amount and
    direction of light

Support Strategies for Vision
  • Periodic eye exams to check for asymptomatic
    problems or unexplained symptoms
  • Modify the environment
  • Use high contrast colors, non-glare lighting and
    surfaces, large print avoid highly polished
  • Red, oranges, yellows better than blues, greens,
    violets partial color blindness is very common
  • Provide increased lighting, use night lights
  • Organize belongings and keep locations consistent
  • Keep eyeglasses clean and prevent scratches

Another Vision Support Strategy is to Modify the
  • Engage in more daytime activities
  • Provide support for night-time activities
  • Allow time to adjust to change of light
  • Protect the good eye

Hearing Changes of Aging
  • Loss of auditory nerve cells and fibers
  • Reduction of blood supply to auditory nerve
    transmission area
  • Thickening of eardrum
  • Increased ear wax increases with inactivity
  • Presbycusis, the loss of high frequencies like
    those found in speech, is ten times more common
    in Down syndrome
  • Decreased tone discrimination localization

Types of Hearing Loss
  • Conductive
  • Problem with the physical conduction of sound
    through the ear structures
  • From earwax, infection, head trauma, damage to
    ear drum
  • Sensorineural
  • Problem with the conduction of the sound signal
    through the nerve to the brain or a problem with
    the processing of the information in the brain
  • From head trauma, drugs, diabetes, high blood
    pressure, heredity, kidney failure, coronary
    artery disease, dementia

Communicating Hearing Problems Possible
Signs and Symptoms
  • Turning TV volume up very high
  • Speaking more loudly than necessary
  • Inappropriate response to questions
  • Confusion in noisy situations
  • Isolating or seeming disinterested
  • Self injurious behaviors and frustration
  • Here we encounter the
  • psychological masquerade

Psychological Masquerade
  • Behavioral changes can mask serious physical
    diseases etiology is not psychological but due
    to a yet undiagnosed and untreated physical
  • Once the physical disease or condition is
    treated, the aberrant behaviors lessen, recede or
    vanish the abnormal psychological behaviors
    (mental illness) have a physical cause that can
    be diagnosed and treated

Aging Effects on Mouth and Taste
  • Decrease in taste buds
  • Sour receptors atrophy in our teens
  • Next come sweetness bitter is last to
  • Recession of gums
  • Thinning of dental enamel
  • Loss of teeth
  • Sense of thirst diminishes making
  • dehydration much more of a risk

Oral Abnormalities and Disease
  • Decreased saliva from parotid gland atrophy,
    medications or diseases
  • Dental caries
  • Root caries and abscesses
  • Chronic periodontal inflammation
  • Sores, especially with dentures
  • Infection of mucus membranes
  • Cancers

Support Strategies for the Aging
(Mature?) Mouth
  • Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene,
    even if no natural teeth remain
  • Floss or use a Proxabrush
  • Consider battery-powered toothbrush
  • Alcohol-free mouth wash
  • Increase seasonings of food except for salt

Nose and Smell Change with Aging
  • Decrease in nerve fibers
  • Drying of mucous membranes in the nose
  • Decreased sensitivity to odors

Support Strategies forChanges in the Nose
  • Use of smoke detectors
  • Care if using gas stoves or water heaters
  • Discard all food after recommended time, and
    frequently check for spoilage
  • Assist with awareness of body odor or the
    over-use of fragrances
  • Most of taste is smell beef-up the flavors!

Skin and Touch in Aging
  • Decreased sweat glands, subcutaneous fat,
    peripheral blood supply, elasticity, and skin
    thickness heightened cold intolerance and
    increased risk of heat stroke (? sweating)
  • Loss of pigmentation
  • Decreased skin cell production and hair growth
  • Changes in nail matrix and fungal overgrowth
  • Decreased sensation to touch and pain
  • In CP, heightened risk of decubitus ulcerations

Protecting the Skin
  • Minimize use of soap and rinse well remember
    that nothing desiccates the skin more than water
  • Dry the skin well and use moisturizers
  • Reposition frequently if mobility is limited
  • Check skin frequently for problems
  • Clearly label hot and cold water and monitor
    water temperatures set water heater on lukewarm
  • Increased skin dryness and flaking with Down
    syndrome, immobility, and poor nutrition
  • Use sun protection and reapply it every 2 hours

Aging of the GI System
  • Decreased gastric acid secretion as parietal
    cells atrophy, but an even greater decrease in
    prostaglandins and the protective mucus and gel
    layer the net result is more indigestion and
    ulceration, and more H. pylori erosions
  • Decreased saliva production may lead to more gum
    disease and trauma
  • Decreased smooth muscle tone and slower emptying
    and peristalsis, combine to cause GERD upstairs
    and constipation downstairs

GERD is Everywhere!
  • Observe for signs of reflux common in CP
  • Heartburn, discomfort after meals or at night
  • Difficulty or painful swallowing
  • Swallowing or excessive salivation when not
    eating drooling above and beyond the baseline
  • Coughing during night (think GERD first)
  • Hands in mouth and/or induced vomiting
  • ?Again, another frequent invitation to the
  • masquerade

Genitourinary Changes are all Accelerated in
Cerebral Palsy
  • Bladder capacity and muscle tone decrease
  • Kidneys function deteriorates
  • Enlargement of prostate is common
  • Relaxation of pelvic muscles
  • Effects of decreased hormones and/or menopause
    are on the entire body

Older Women with Disabilities
  • Older women with developmental disabilities
    receive very little gynecological care
  • Hip fractures secondary to osteopenia are twice
    that off the control group
  • Perimenopausal symptoms occur at a younger age in
    women with developmental disabilities and they
    are most often misdiagnosedthe psychological
  • once again

Down syndrome my potentiate male urogenital
  • Compulsive behaviors, such as increased
    masturbatory vigor, may lead to a greater
    incidence of incontinence
  • Testosterone levels diminish at a faster rate in
    males with Down syndrome than in controls
  • Combined with hypothyroidism, found in 50 of
    Down syndrome adults over the age of 30,
    hypo-endocrine function can look like agitated
    depression? a psychological masquerade

Support Strategies
  • Observe for voiding patterns, either an increased
    or decreased frequency, or changes in continence
  • Observe for signs of infection frequency,
    urgency, accidents, discomfort, unusual odor,
    color or bleeding, without fever or obvious
    symptoms (hypotension? sepsis)
  • Regular screening tests and examinations if
    clinically indicated, replenish those hormones
  • Good hygiene practices

Heart and Blood Vessels
  • Decreased responsiveness to stress, leading to
    difficult breathing and fatigue
  • Heart rate decreases due to slower contraction of
    muscle fibers atrial fibrillation is common
  • Slow return to normal HR after exercise
  • Build up of calcifications and fat in arteries
  • Decreased elasticity of arteries leads to heart
    needing to pump faster
  • Angina? non-compliance? psychological

Protecting the Heart
  • Encourage regular,
  • moderate exercise
  • Slow the pace of activities
  • Watch for signs of decreased endurance distress,
    dizziness, confusion or non-compliance
  • Change position slowly to prevent dizziness
  • Reduce or stop cigarette smoking
  • Healthy low sodium diet, and the blood pressure
    monitored and treated if needed

Pulmonary System
  • Lungs become less elastic vital capacity and
    tidal volume decrease (very accelerated in CP)
  • As breathing becomes less efficient, tolerance
    for exercise decreases
  • Decreased cough reflex
  • Decreased cilia that lines the respiratory tract
  • This combined with decreased gag reflex leads to
    high incidence of aspiration pneumonia

Protecting the Lungs
  • Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke
  • Encourage deep breathing, physical activity
  • Allow for a slow pace of activity schedule
    frequent rest periods
  • Avoid subclinical dehydration
  • Immunizations for lung diseases (yearly flu
    vaccines and a periodic one for pneumonia)
  • Watch for signs of infection (increased coughing,
    shortness of breath, thick or colored sputum,
    increased confusion)

Musculoskeletal Changes
  • Decrease in muscle mass, strength and tone the
    incredible shrinking process
  • Decrease in joint mobility
  • Increased porosity and fragility of bones due to
    global decrease in calcium mass (??? in CP)
  • Shortening of the spinal cord
  • Increased likelihood of developing symptomatic
    and painful arthritis (? in Down syndrome)

Protecting theMusculoskeletal System
  • Encourage independent movement,
  • activities, exercise and maximal self-care
  • Implement safeguards to prevent falls
  • Promote safe use of mobility aids
  • Provide seating that is comfortable, firm, and
    not too deeply cushioned to cause spinal strain
  • Consider calcium and vitamin D supplements,
    weight-bearing exercise programs, and above all,
    the administration of bisphosphonates

Movement and Activity Changes May Indicate
Systemic Disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Addisons disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • B12 and thiamine deficiency
  • Brain tumors
  • Strokes
  • Unrecognized traumas (epi and sub)
  • Infections
  • Occult leg, arm or hip fractures
  • Medication reactions and toxicities

A Word on Brain Attacks
  • 750,000 strokes/year 158,000 deaths
  • 350,000 survivors have irreversible loss
  • 86 due to occlusion, 14 to hemorrhage
  • Developmentally disabled at higher risk
  • Risk increased by hypertension, ASCAD, CHF,
    arrhythmia, diabetes, obesity, hyperlipidemia
    (and metabolic syndrome), hypothyroidism,
    hyperuricemia, tobacco use, etc.
  • Those teeny weeny baby aspirins work!

Stroke Treatment is Inadequate
  • Studies show that the elderly with a
    developmental disability, when brought to the ER
    for stroke and myocardial infarction, are less
    likely to receive rapid and definitive diagnostic
    studies or prompt administration of thrombolytic

Nervous System Changes with Aging
  • Loss of nerve cells and fibers with decreased
  • Decreased blood flow and oxygen to brain
  • Less REM stage of sleep decreased sleep
    efficiency and poor sleep hygiene
  • The spectrum of sleep apnea Down syndrome has
    more apnea (small airways, increased size of
    adenoids, heavier body)
  • Altered (decreased) pain response

Balance and Protective Responses
  • Sense of balance decreases due to loss of hair
    cells in middle ear
  • Slow movement and less sensation lead to slower
    reaction time and decreased protective responses
  • A dangerous duo more likely to fall and less
    likely to catch oneself

Developmental Disabilities and Parkinsons Disease
  • Often misdiagnosed as depression, and sometimes
    as psychosis (those masks!)
  • ?Dopamine? tremor, inability to rapidly initiate
    movement and appearance of cogwheel rigidity
  • A bed or chair-bound individual with CP may be
    hard to evaluate for evolving motion disorders
  • Keep accurate notes that describe all abilities,
    for example, wrist range of (passive) movement
  • Correct diagnosis is often impossible in elders
    when the diagnostician/caregiver doesn't know the

Neurochemistry of Aging
  • In Parkinsons its the atrophy and
    decay of D2 receptors and the CNS production of
    dopamine this exacerbates a diminishing desire
    for activity
  • A decline in serotonin and serotonin receptors
    may also occur this potentiates depression and
    isolation from others

Behavior and Cognition
  • Intelligence and ability to learn dont
    necessarily change aging oftentimes slows
    activity in prefrontal cortex? a retrieval
  • DD and aging ?difficulty processing, organizing
    new information, and recalling old information
  • Mental illness (especially depression) is more
    prevalent in elders with a developmental
    disability than in the general population

Mental Illness and Aging with a Developmental
  • Compared to an age-matched cohort, adults with
    mental retardation have five times the incidence
    of many psychiatric disorders
  • The majority of individuals over the age of 50
    who have a diagnosis of mental retardation, also
    have a serious mental illness
  • Mental illness in itself creates a barrier
    towards achieving a healthy lifestyle and
    adequate medical care, including mental health
    services ?Severity ?likelihood of

  • But the biggest mental health concern, for all
    of us, is dementia
  • Normal Blood Flow Early
  • Advanced End

  • Dementia is the loss of cognitive and
    intellectual ability without a major impairment
    in perception or consciousness
  • It is characterized by disorientation, decreased
    memory, reasoning and judgment, and by the
    anxiety, mood lability and impulsiveness that
    these losses produce

Is It Dementia?
  • Two Types of Organic Problems
  • Reversible (organic brain syndrome)
  • Irreversible (true, progressive dementia)
  • Individuals must have an intensive medical
    evaluation to determine if declining brain
    function is indeed a form of an irreversible
    dementia, i.e., a progressive decline that might
    be slowed but not stopped

  • Reversible
  • D Drugs, Delirium (alcohol, etc.)
  • E Emotions (such as depression),
    Psychoses, and Endocrine Disorders
  • M Metabolic Disturbances
  • E Eye and Ear Impairments
  • N Nutritional Disorders
  • T Tumors, Toxicity, Trauma to Head
  • I Infectious Disorders
  • A Arteriosclerosis and Stroke

  • Irreversible
  • Alzheimers
  • Multiple infarctions (vascular and embolic)
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Picks Disease (Frontotemperal Dementia)
  • Parkinsons
  • Heady Injury
  • Huntingtons Disease
  • Jacob-Cruzefeldt Disease

  • Facts about the Irreversible
  • Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of
    irreversible dementia (80-85)
  • Multi-Infarct dementia second most common type of
    irreversible dementia (10-12)
  • Death of cerebral cells
  • Blockages of larger cerebral vessels or emboli in
    the arterial tree going to the outer cortex
  • More abrupt in onset but may be gradual
  • Associated with previous strokes, hypertension
  • Can be traced through diagnostic procedures

The Most Common Dementia is Underdiagnosed and
  • Five million people in the United States have the
    diseaseAlzheimersand only half are diagnosed.
  • DSM-IV Diagnosis Progressive impairments in
    memory, activities of daily living (ADLs),
    behavior, and cognition.
  • Why not diagnosed half of the time?
    Insidious and slow progression

Alzheimers Disease
  • 1906, first described by the German physician,
    Alois Alzheimer now, 10 of those 65, and 50
    of those over 85
  • Symptoms progress slowly, from inability to
    recall words to absent minded forgetfulness, to
    forgetting where or why one is going somewhere,
    forgetting the time or place one is at, and
    eventually to forgetting the faces of long-term
    and significant others, and eventually the
    ability to communicate
  • Final stages include the loss of basic skills,
    like eating, dressing and toileting

Brain Changes in Alzheimers
  • Normal Brain
    Early Alzheimer

Down Syndrome and Alzheimers
  • General population has first surge of AD
    diagnosis in the 7th decade (the 60s) Down
    syndrome experiences this in the 5th decade.
  • 20-40 of those with Down Syndrome will develop a
    clinical dementia almost all Down Syndrome
    adults (by age 45 or 50) develop the AD brain
    changes (plaques and tangles).
  • In both populations there is a rare but very
    serious form of Alzheimers that progresses
    rapidly over a two-three year time span.

Worries About Alzheimers Concerns All of Us
  • In California, by 2030, 580,000 will have
  • currently the number is about 320,000.

Alzheimer Neurochemistry
  • An enzyme important in the division of other cell
    types has been shown to play a role in
    Alzheimer's disease.
  • This enzyme, Pin1, can restore the function of
    tau molecules misshapen by phosphates.
  • Pin1 is found bound in the tau tangles in brain
    biopsy samples adjacent cells are found to be
    depleted of this enzyme.
  • The Big Question Does excessive Pin1, or does
    an intracellular lack of Pin1, lead to tangle


Behavioral Changes in Persons with Alzheimers
  • Nearly all persons with AD exhibit behavioral
  • Diverse behavioral symptoms occur
  • Multiple symptoms occur simultaneously
  • Behavioral changes become more frequent with
    disease progression
  • Behaviors are recurrent after onset

Behavioral Changes in Persons with Alzheimers
  • Behavioral changes have a neurobiological basis
    that can be studied by
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropathology
  • Neurochemistry
  • Behavioral changes respond to treatment
  • Psychotropic agents (main line agents)
  • Cholinesterase inhibitors (some help)

Multiple Behavioral Changes Occur Simultaneously
with 0,1,2,3 Symptoms (Psychosis, Agitation,
and/or Depression)
Once Present, Behavioral Symptoms Commonly Recur
of Patients
Patients re-examined five times in one year.
Next means at the following visit. Always
Present means at all five visits
Non-Pharmacologic Behavioral Interventions
  • 3 Rs Repeat, Reassurance, Redirection
  • ABCs Antecedents, Behavior, Consequences
  • Support caregiver
  • Alzheimers Disease International / Alzheimers

Nonpharmacological Strategies
  • Also Remember the four Ss
  • Maximize Safety and Limit the Risks
  • Promote Structure and Consistency
  • Enhance Serenity and Limit Confusing Stimuli
  • Nuture Sanity and Supports for All Caregivers

Medicating Alzheimers
  • Mood lability and agitation medications
  • Mood stabilizers (anticonvulsants like Depakote
    Lamictal and Trileptal)
  • Anxiolytics like the SSRIs (Zoloft, Lexapro,
    Paxil, Prozac, etc.), and the atypical
    antipsychotics (like Risperdal and Geodon)
  • Medications for the decline in ADLs
  • Acetyl-(and butyryl)cholinesterase inhibitors
    (like Aricept, Namenda, Cognex and Reminyl)
  • ?slows the progression of disease?

Psychosis and Its Treatment in Alzheimers
  • Prevalence of Psychosis
  • 25 cross-sectional
  • 50-70 longitudinal
  • Features
  • Theft, disinhibition, misidentification, lying
  • Pathophysiology
  • Decreased frontal/temporal lobe metabolism and
    vascular perfusion
  • Increased neocortical neurofibrillary tangles

Persons with AD and Psychosis Have Significantly
More NFT in Their Neocortex
NFT counts per 1 mm in the frontal, temporal,
parietal, hippocampal and allocortical entorhinal
regions of the brain

(Farber et al, Archives of General Psychiatry,
2000 57 1165-1173)
Medications for Psychosis in AD
  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Risperidone
  • Olanzapine
  • Quetiapine
  • Ziprasidone
  • Conventional neuroleptics
  • Haloperidol

Reduction of Psychosis in Persons with AD by
5 mg
10 mg
15 mg
Changes in the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI)
Psychosis Score ?delusions and
hallucinations (too much of a good thing, is
(Street et al, Arch General Psychiatry 2000 57
Reduction of Psychosis in Persons with AD by
Percent of Patients Whose Delusions Resolved With
(Katz et al, J Clinical Psychiatry 1999 60 107)
Agitation in Persons with AD
  • Prevalence
  • 40 cross-sectional
  • 60-80 longitudinal
  • Features
  • Aggression, vocalization, resistance to care
  • Pathophysiology
  • Decreased frontal/temporal metabolism/perfusion
  • Increased frontal neurofibrillary tangles

Medications for Treating Agitation
  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Conventional neuroleptics
  • Anticonvulsants/mood stabilizers
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Trazodone
  • Buspirone
  • Beta-blockers

Reduction of Agitation in Persons with AD by
Percent of symptomatic patients with anxiety
level scores of 0 or 1 at the end of the study
(Katz et al, J Clinical Psychiatry 1999 60 107)
Reduction of Agitation in Persons with AD by
5 mg
10 mg
Reductions in the agitation Score (again, avoid
too much of a good thing)
(Street et al, Archives of General Psychiatry,
Comparative Effects of Risperidone and
Haloperidol on the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE)
Change in the MMSE Score ( new does not equal

(DeDeyn et al, Neurology 1999 53 946)
Carbamazepine Treatment of Agitation in Persons
with AD
of Patients
(Tariot et al, Am J Psychiatry 1998 155 54-61)
Depression in Persons with AD
  • Prevalence
  • 25 cross-sectional
  • 50 longitudinal
  • Information source influences frequency estimates
  • Features
  • Major depression rare
  • Depressive symptoms common
  • Exacerbates cognitive and functional disability

Treating Depression in Persons with Alzheimers
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Citalopram, sertraline, fluoxetine, paroxetine,
  • Tricyclic agents
  • Nortriptyline
  • Combined serotonin and noradrenergic reuptake
  • Venlafaxine

Reduced Depression and Irritability in Persons
with AD Treated with Citalopram
Changes in the score on the GBS Scale
The Gottfries-Bråne-Steen Scale used to measure
mental health symptoms and function in
dementia (Nyth and Gottfries, British Journal of
Psychiatry 1990 157 894)
Cholinergic Deficit in AD
  • Atrophy of nucleus basalis at the base of the
  • Loss of the enzyme choline acetyltransferase
  • Reduced synthesis of the transmitter
  • Limbic and neocortical cholinergic deficits
  • Acetylcholine receptors largely intact

Cholinesterase Inhibitors
  • Tacrine (Cognex)
  • Aricept (Donepezil)
  • Rivastigmine (Exelon)
  • Galantamine (Reminyl)

Reduced Psychotropic Use in Persons on Donepezil

(Small et al, Clinical Therapeutics 1998 20 838)
Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Behaviors
  • 1. Evidence that they reduce apathy, visual
    hallucinations, anxiety, depression, and some
    aberrant motor behavior
  • 2. Much less consistent effects on agitation
    or delusions (i.e., delusional thinking)
  • 3. Effects less than 30 over placebo
  • 4. Independent of effect on cognition
    variable and short-lived
  • 5. Increased frontal and temporal perfusion

Amyloid Production and Accumulation
A Review The Mechanism Of Alzheimers Disease
Nerve Cell Death
Neurochemical Deficiency
Cognitive and Behavioral Changes
Amyloid Production and Accumulation
Anti-Amyloid Agents
Nerve Cell Death
Neurochemical Deficiency
Cholinesterase Inhibitors
Cognitive and Behavioral Changes
Psychotropic Agents
What Can Lower the Risk of AD?
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet with fish as a
    frequent source of meat protein fruit and
    vegetable juices are important
  • Exercise the mind and the body they are one
    strong body? healthy mind
  • Diagnose and treat depression
  • Diagnose and treat the highs high blood
    sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol

Exercise and Activities as Brain Food
  • Alzheimers Association has an
    ongoing Maintain your Brain campaign

Depression and AD
  • People who had untreated depression, even two
    decades before their diagnosis of AD, may be
    more likely to develop AD than those who have
    never shown signs of depression
  • A study of people over age 65 suggested that the
    severity of the depression was related to risk of
    developing AD

Incidence of AD in Down syndrome by Depression
p 92
Cumulative Incidence of Dementia by Premorbid
Cumuative Incidence
Cholesterol History and Alzheimers Disease
  • AD is caused, at least in part, by an abnormal
    accumulation of the beta-amyloid protein in
    specific brain regions
  • Both the generation and clearance of
    beta-amyloid are regulated by cholesterol
  • Elevated cholesterol levels increase
    beta-amyloid in cellular and most animals models
    of AD
  • Drugs that inhibit cholesterol synthesis may
    decrease risk for AD in select populations

Incidence of AD in Downs syndrome by
Hypercholesterolemia History
p 95
Hypercholesteremia and Alzheimers
DementiaAnother Down Syndrome Study
Cumuative Incidence
  • Untreated high blood pressure or diabetes, along
    with smoking in middle age, increases the risk of
    dementia (by 20-40)
  • Untreated hypertension is correlated with
    hippocampal atrophy, a structure markedly
    affected by Alzheimers disease (those NFTs)
  • Some drugs used to treat high blood pressure
    (like ACE inhibitors) may exert an independent
    lowering of risk for developing dementia in
    select genetic populations

In Summary So What Can Lower the Risk of
Alzheimers in All of Us?
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet with fish as a
    frequent source of meat protein
  • Exercise the mind and the body they are one and
    the workouts are synergistic
  • Identify and have depression treated
  • Medicate high cholesterol levels and high blood
    pressure maintain good control of diabetes and
    other systemic diseases

Do It All! Swim Against the Tide!