With the aging of the population, there is a dramatic rise in the prevalence of age-related cognitive decline or dementia. While many people fear the dementia associated with Alzheimer’s, there’s considerable hope for patients with dementia related to normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH), the only form of dementia that currently has the capacity for real reversal. By Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FACS, FAANS, Director of the Spine Radiosurgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Being diagnosed with a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s can lead to an entirely different way of life for both patient and caregiver. Those diagnosed, may experience slight tremors in the hands or limbs, which may signal the first sign of the disease. Over time, motions may become limited and speech may soften or become less pronounced. Husbands, wives, children and friends often become the caregivers – tending to their loved ones needs, but sometimes forgetting that they too need to be cared for. If you, or someone you love, is diagnosed with a movement disorder it’s important to get the support you need before the disease starts to affect your quality of life. Whether you are a patient or caregiver, read on to learn about opportunities within your community that will empower you to fight back against movement disorders. By Michael Silverman, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) Chappaqua Crossing.