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cjh1203 posted:
A recent study shows that removing cataracts may help ease Alzheimer's symptoms in some patients. Who would have thought it?

Reading about that led me to an Alzheimer's Association blog entry that discusses diagnosing Alzheimer's by the appearance of a person's cataracts; they are apparently somewhat different from normal cataracts.

There are so many surprises all the time regarding Alzheimer's -- I hope that one day, the surprise will be finding a cure.

Carol
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
It's amazing, isn't it, Carol? They just keep finding all of these clues, but I sure wish we had some answers.

Earlier this year there was an article about Hearing Loss and Alzheimer's , so I find it interesting about the cataracts, too.

Thanks for posting,

Byroney
Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments. - Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
 
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Judith L London, PhD responded:
Hi Carol and Everyone,

I can see why removing cataracts can help someone with Alzheimer's. So often we lip read to compensate for hearing loss and hearing loss isolates people. When the world is a blur externally, it feeds into the confusion internally.

Interactions with others is stimulating for eveyone, including those with Alzheimer's so keep on talking with each other even when you have to 'connect the dots' to move the conversation along. By that I mean that you use the phrases that someone says, the feelings you perceive, fill in the blanks and put it together into a sentence that makes sense. The results may be another one of those surprises about people with Alzheimer's.

Try it out and let me know if it helps,
Judy


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