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Can You Recognize
Lewy Body Dementia?

In the early stages, up-and-down swings are characteristic of Lewy body dementia, which is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis is critical for providing the most effective treatment. Read more »

Celiac Disease in Older Adults
Significant medical advances have been made in understanding celiac disease. As the prevalence of mature celiac disease increases, physicians need to recognize signs and symptoms of the condition and effective ways to treat it. Read more »

Kidney Injury

Providers must develop and implement measures to identify patients at high risk for acute kidney injury to facilitate preventive care. Read more »
Editor's E-Note
A recent study shows that vision deficits resulting from glaucoma can contribute to an increased incidence of automobile accidents. Because glaucoma occurs silently and often progresses without manifesting symptoms, it’s important for providers to encourage patients to undergo periodic eye examinations.

Specific testing for issuing or renewing older adults’ driver’s licenses may be one way to monitor aging drivers with impaired vision. It may also be time for states to consider screening for visual field acuity as an aspect of driving fitness.

In addition to reading our e-newsletter, be sure to visit Aging Well’s website at www.AgingWellmag.com, where you’ll find news and information that’s relevant and reliable. We welcome your feedback at AWeditor@gvpub.com. Follow Aging Well on Facebook, too.

— Barbara Worthington, editor
E-News Exclusive
Glaucoma Vision Loss May Be a Risk Factor for Auto Accidents

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The first study to compare accident rates for drivers who have advanced glaucoma with drivers who have normal vision found that the glaucoma group had about twice as many automobile accidents.

This study, conducted in Japan using a driving simulator and presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, suggests that drivers should pass a visual field test to ensure adequate peripheral vision before a license is granted or renewed.

Glaucoma can partially or severely restrict a person’s peripheral vision without damaging his or her central vision or visual acuity. This means that many people who have the disease would be able to pass the visual acuity test, the only vision test now required for a driver’s license in most countries. Drivers need good peripheral vision to assess and keep up with the flow of traffic, stay in the proper lane, and detect traffic signals, pedestrians, vehicles, and other obstacles.

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Other Aging News
Dog Sniffs Out C Diff Superbug
A trained canine expert has proven effective in sniffing out Clostridium difficile in hospital environments, according to an article posted at Fox News online.

New Test Could Help Diagnose
Alzheimer’s Disease

A test combining CT and PET scans of the brain can indicate signs of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, but cost presents the biggest barrier to widespread use, according to an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Cost of Brand-Name Drugs Soaring
According to an article in The New York Times, the prices of brand-name drugs have increased sharply over the past year while prices of generic drugs have dropped dramatically.

Harnessing Energy From the Body
Could biological sources of energy be used to power medical devices in the future? Researchers suggest it’s a possibility, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.
Tech & Tools
Providing one-button emergency assistance and GPS tracking any time, anywhere, Trax24 is a 24/7 personal security device. In the case of an emergency, Trax24 immediately notifies a central station staffed by trained operators to work with authorities to send help using a wireless network. Additionally, it opens a one-way microphone for central station personnel to listen to and record events in real time. Information can be updated to designated family members, neighbors, or friends via e-mail, text, and phone. Learn more »

Blipcare Wi-Fi Weight Scale
Blipcare has launched a personal Wi-Fi weight scale. The user simply programs the preferred time to step on the scale, and the scale makes a beeping sound and lights up until the weight is taken. The scale can record weight and body mass for as many as 10 users and provides goal-setting features and easy-to-read data charts. It provides weight monitoring even from remote locations. When the user steps on the scale, it stores the reading with a time stamp and transmits it to the user’s account over the home Wi-Fi network, enabling the user or caretaker to track, chart, and trend the data from anywhere. Learn more »
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