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April 30, 2007

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Romeo  Vitelli

It's an intriguing approach. I've been following the research by Dr. Til Wykes at the Institute of Psychiatry in London who has been using a similar approach with cognitive remediation training to treat schizophrenics. We may yet find that keeping the brain active is the best therapy for all chronically ill people, regardless of diagnosis.

Gail Rae Hudson

I am especially riveted by the growing emphasis on recognizing that a diagnosis of dementia IS NOT, also, an issuance of a death sentence, any more than being born is. Thank the gods! This is something I fight almost every day when people learn my mother is demented. I'm very excited by the information in this post, Mona. Some of it, in fact, I see operating, in very limited ways, with my mother, as I'm sure you know, even though she's not on a focused rehabilitative program.
Important post! Bravo!

Marty

What a fascinating and exciting post, Mona! Thanks for the information, as well as your usual thorough and thoughtful analysis.

David Loewenstein

Mona,
I wanted to compliment you on your wonderful sythesis of the research in our laboratories and others. Your work is very valuable to people looking for accurate, balanced information.
Best Wishes,
David Loewenstein Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami School of Medicine

Carole Mulliken

Dear Mona,

Thank you for writing about cognitive rehabilitation for people with dementia! As someone who has been through limited formal cognitive rehabilition under the direction of a neuropsychologist after a diagnosis of dementia, I can testify that it works, at least to some extent. I successfully achieved goals in two areas, and the neuropsychologist assured me that I could have progessed even more, had time and money not run out.

Like Morris Friedell, I believe I have continued to learn many things as a result of the cognitive retraining I received. The most important thing I learned in cognitive rehab. was an understanding of HOW TO LEARN, given my new brain circumstances.

Finally, thanks for making the important distinction between cognitive stimulation and cognitive rehabilitation. There are any number of cognitive stimulation products and services available today, but they are very different from cognitive rehabilitation services. The one is continuing to swing a tennis raquet while the other is reconstructing a tennis elbow.

Carole Mulliken

Christine Shackleton

The broad words of Dementia seem to away with the specifics of the plaque discovers at John Hopkins and the paradox that (as published in Time and TV documentary) some psychologists questioned by psychological quizzing volunteer nuns in USA and France (some gave their brains to research) who were known to have large tangles yet answered memory question after memory question. These nuns were in part monastic or totally monastic meaning they insulated and prayed versus the outside world totally or partially. We should start to visualise the RNA DNA as explained by Heidelberg University 1966 re STM and LTM and also the execise of the Harvard Professor from Australia who dissolved the plaque and its heavy metals with hydrogen peroxide as a demonstration

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