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What Is CTE?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is what used to be known as “punch drunk syndrome”, a term applied to boxers in the 1920s who had experienced repetitive head blows and demonstrated neuromuscular and cognitive problems. CTE can occur in a person ...

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Head Drop

  Dear DQ, I’m an OT that works with patients with dementia, and have a patient who has developed such stiff neck flexion that it is difficult for staff to feed her.  Initially with gentle PROM we could assist the ...

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I Am Wheel, Hear Me Squeak

*** When I was a kid, we didn’t say the word “breast”.  If a woman had breast cancer, she had a “Lady Problem”, and it was nobody’s business.   I could have never imagined that my twelve-year-old son would be ...

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Positional Concepts: An Anecdotal Lesson

  *** In early Alzheimer’s disease, a person may misplace or hide things for safekeeping for illogical reasons.  As the disease progresses, drawers and cabinets can become cluttered with random items that present to outsiders as an organizational nightmare.  Toward ...

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Disorders of Diminished Motivation

Lack of motivation can be one of the most frustrating aspects of caregiving. How do you motivate somebody to do more, engage more, or initiate more in the presence of dementia?  Why is it that your father, who is physically ...

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