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There are several skills necessary for “safe driving.” These include a good memory, sequencing skills and the ability to dual task, just to name a few. Unfortunately, these cognitive abilities are also the ones most affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias.
Before deciding if a person is no longer a safe driver, it’s important to watch for some of the following signs:
Difficulty navigating familiar places, changing lanes, or making turns
Slowing down driving speed dramatically when having a conversation
Betsy Lehndorff sets up her exhibit in the Gifts of Art gallery
The U-M Health System’s Gifts of Art program presents an exhibition of sterling silver compositions with narrative style by Betsy Lehndorff, daughter of legendary U-M neurosurgeon Edgar Kahn and granddaughter of Albert Kahn, the architect whose firm designed U-M’s former Old Main Hospital, the current University Hospital and Hill Auditorium.
The work will be on display in the Gifts of Art Gallery in University Hospital’s Floor 2 Main Corridor through February 1.
Much of the work in Betsy Lehndorff’s exhibition is the result of a concentrated 30-day period of silversmithing in her garage studio on a lake in northeastern Michigan. Under the self-imposed pressure of the exhibition, her creativity went into full bloom as she designed and produced one piece after another.
For up to one in five Americans over age 65, getting older brings memory and thinking problems– along with the embarrassment of not being as “sharp” as they once were, and the worry that it will get much worse.
They might just call it “getting older”. But officially, when memory or cognitive problems don’t interfere significantly with daily living, doctors call them mild cognitive impairment, or MCI.
What can be done to prevent or slow MCI? And how much should seniors fear that their thinking or memory problems will get much worse?
Paul continues to see improvements in his abilities and credits the skilled physicians and staff at U-M MedRehab.
The MedRehab program is celebrating 25 years of service. Paul and Joan Christensen shared how Paul was able to recover after an unexpected stroke put him in the hospital.
Paul: I had a stroke when I was 59. I was not a candidate for stroke, being a non-smoker who exercised regularly and was in good health, so it was definitely a complete surprise. The stroke resulted in left side paralysis and I was unable to walk at first. I was originally admitted to St. Joe’s Hospital in Pontiac, but I wanted to come back to Ann Arbor for outpatient care. U-M is our home hospital, and we wanted to come back to where our doctors were.
As you gather for Thanksgiving and winter holidays, you might notice that Grandma, Aunt Betty or Uncle Sal seems to struggle more with memory, or thinking, than she or he did last year.
Rather than chalk it up to normal aging, new U-M research suggests you might want to gently suggest they get it checked out by their doctor.
In fact, as many as half of seniors who have these symptoms have never had it checked out fully, new research finds. Dr. Vikas Kotagal, a U-M neurologist who led the new study, says families should encourage seniors with even early signs of memory loss to talk to their doctor.
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