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August 20, 2012
Newport Beach police have located a 78-year-old man with dementia who was reported missing early Monday. With the help of a police volunteer, Gordon Gilbert Breecher was found around 5:50 p.m. that day in a ravine near the Back Bay. He was evaluated by paramedics, said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. Lowe added that she believed he was unharmed and taken back to his family. He had apparently walked away from his Eastbluff home and became lost. Police had asked for the public's help in finding him. - Lauren Williams and Britney Barnes Twitter: @lawilliams30 and @britneyjbarnes
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Dementia is more likely to affect women older than 90 than men, a new UCI study says. Out of 911 persons studied, 45% of the women were found to have dementia while only 28% of the men did, according to the study which was published Wednesday in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study was conducted in Laguna Woods and found that chances of dementia doubled every five years for women after reaching the age of 90, while the same wasn’t true with men. Women with higher levels of education were as much as 45% less likely to have dementia when compared to women with less education, according to the study.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | March 7, 2007
HUNTINGTON BEACH ? As many in her situation would be, Newport Beach resident Lin Auer said she and her husband Albert J. Auer were shocked when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Despite being in denial at first, Lin and Albert Auer became proactive, taking him to the leading doctors in the area of cognitive impairment and were referred to Adult Day Services of Orange County in Huntington Beach. About five years after his diagnosis, Albert Auer, 82, is now a participant of the Adult Day Services, which Lin Auer said has given her husband a "better quality of life."
NEWS
By: Eden Rosen | August 24, 2005
I work as a case manager on behalf of senior citizens in the city of Los Angeles. As part of my job, I attend seminars to further my knowledge. Recently, I attended an "Elders at Risk Task Force" meeting sponsored by the Veterans Administration and the Los Angeles City Attorney's office. I especially wanted to attend this particular meeting as it pertained to elder abuse in nursing homes. The three-person panel included a representative from a nonprofit legal organization, the ombudsman program, and the Department of Health Services.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | September 28, 2010
An elderly Irvine woman reported missing and who was suffering from the onset of dementia has been found in Tijuana. She is reported to be OK, police said Tuesday. Police and relatives of Rosalie Delite Smith, 84, said Smith first reported being lost in Newport Beach on Monday evening while on her way home from a doctor's appointment. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Irvine detectives got word from Smith's daughter that she had gone to a medical facility just across the border and was disoriented and confused, but otherwise fine.
LOCAL
By Yvonne Villarreal | June 9, 2007
Authorities are searching for an 88-year-old woman suffering from dementia who was reported missing June 1. Janet DeFelice had recently moved from Costa Mesa to the 5200 block of Santa Rita Ranch Road near Templeton, about 250 miles north of Costa Mesa, so her son could care for her. DeFelice's family said she suffers from dementia and Alzheimer's disease but has never been formally diagnosed. "She was upset that night (June 1) because she wanted to go home to Orange County," said Rebecca DeFelice-Burt, Janet's 23-year-old granddaughter.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | April 13, 2011
A Costa Mesa man is set to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he stole more than $280,000 from an elderly Newport Beach woman suffering from dementia. Newport Beach police arrested John Thomas Windsor, 41, on Wednesday. Authorities charged him with felony residential burglary, caretaker theft of an elder, fraudulently using an access card and three counts of forgery — all with sentencing enhancements tacked on alleging it was a white collar crime with more than $200,000 stolen.
NEWS
September 9, 2009
UC Irvine is displaying vibrant, invigorating artwork in one of the campus’ science buildings — and it came from artists you may not expect, school officials said. The eight pieces come from patients of UCI’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Patients there suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and though institute employees admit you might expect something more dark and gloomy, their expression is anything but. The paintings help doctors identify with their patients, who oftentimes have trouble communicating verbally, researchers said.
NEWS
October 25, 2002
Alzheimer's disease causes progressive, irreversible decline in mental functioning -- destroying memory, judgment and ability to reason. Community and social resources are available to ease the difficulties of families caring for a victim of Alzheimer's disease. One such resource is Aliso Laguna Village -- a specialized dementia residence dedicated to the care of persons with Alzheimer's, dementia and other forms of memory loss. Aliso Laguna Village's unique, multi-levels of care promotes social interaction in a resort-like setting and enables quality programming throughout all stages of memory loss.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — For the first time in decades, doctors believe that early diagnosis may help delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease in some patients, local health experts said. The change was brought on by this week's announcement that the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer's Assn. have published new guidelines for diagnosing the disease — the first revised set in 27 years. The new guidelines recognize an earlier stage, a change in the memory called mild cognitive impairment, which in many patients is linked to the later development of dementia that occurs 7 to 22 years earlier than previously recognized, said Dr. William Shankle, program director for Memory & Cognitive Disorders at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 3, 2014
Olivia Johnson was 30,000-plus feet in the air when she first read the script for "Rest. " Tears coursed down her cheeks as she learned about dementia patient Gerald and his wife, Etta, en route to San Francisco for Thanksgiving. The story hit too close to home for the Tustin Hills resident and South Coast Repertory board member, whose mother was struggling with the same affliction and, like the play's protagonist, lived in a senior center. Alice Gedikian was weeks away from her 100th birthday, and her health was rapidly declining.
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NEWS
August 20, 2012
Newport Beach police have located a 78-year-old man with dementia who was reported missing early Monday. With the help of a police volunteer, Gordon Gilbert Breecher was found around 5:50 p.m. that day in a ravine near the Back Bay. He was evaluated by paramedics, said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe. Lowe added that she believed he was unharmed and taken back to his family. He had apparently walked away from his Eastbluff home and became lost. Police had asked for the public's help in finding him. - Lauren Williams and Britney Barnes Twitter: @lawilliams30 and @britneyjbarnes
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By Patrice Apodaca | January 13, 2012
During the last years of my father's life, he slowly, agonizingly slipped away from me. A proud and stoic man who had survived a heartbreakingly unhappy childhood, economic depression and a world war fell at last to the ravages of dementia. Helpless and childlike, his memory shattered along with his dignity — the personal quality he prized above all others — he was no longer the father I knew. All I could do was watch until the day when the inevitable phone call came, letting me know that Dad was gone.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — For the first time in decades, doctors believe that early diagnosis may help delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease in some patients, local health experts said. The change was brought on by this week's announcement that the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer's Assn. have published new guidelines for diagnosing the disease — the first revised set in 27 years. The new guidelines recognize an earlier stage, a change in the memory called mild cognitive impairment, which in many patients is linked to the later development of dementia that occurs 7 to 22 years earlier than previously recognized, said Dr. William Shankle, program director for Memory & Cognitive Disorders at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | April 13, 2011
A Costa Mesa man is set to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he stole more than $280,000 from an elderly Newport Beach woman suffering from dementia. Newport Beach police arrested John Thomas Windsor, 41, on Wednesday. Authorities charged him with felony residential burglary, caretaker theft of an elder, fraudulently using an access card and three counts of forgery — all with sentencing enhancements tacked on alleging it was a white collar crime with more than $200,000 stolen.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | September 28, 2010
An elderly Irvine woman reported missing and who was suffering from the onset of dementia has been found in Tijuana. She is reported to be OK, police said Tuesday. Police and relatives of Rosalie Delite Smith, 84, said Smith first reported being lost in Newport Beach on Monday evening while on her way home from a doctor's appointment. About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Irvine detectives got word from Smith's daughter that she had gone to a medical facility just across the border and was disoriented and confused, but otherwise fine.
NEWS
September 9, 2009
UC Irvine is displaying vibrant, invigorating artwork in one of the campus’ science buildings — and it came from artists you may not expect, school officials said. The eight pieces come from patients of UCI’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Patients there suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and though institute employees admit you might expect something more dark and gloomy, their expression is anything but. The paintings help doctors identify with their patients, who oftentimes have trouble communicating verbally, researchers said.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Dementia is more likely to affect women older than 90 than men, a new UCI study says. Out of 911 persons studied, 45% of the women were found to have dementia while only 28% of the men did, according to the study which was published Wednesday in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study was conducted in Laguna Woods and found that chances of dementia doubled every five years for women after reaching the age of 90, while the same wasn’t true with men. Women with higher levels of education were as much as 45% less likely to have dementia when compared to women with less education, according to the study.
NEWS
September 20, 2007
Today and Friday scientists from around the nation present the latest information about Alzheimer?s disease and other mental disorders at the 2007 Alzheimer?s Disease Research and Education Conference in the Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport hotel, 18800 MacArthur Blvd. This year?s conference commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of Alzheimer?s disease and scientists will look back at historical developments and recent milestones that bring researchers closer to a cure.
LOCAL
July 16, 2007
The search continues for a former Costa Mesa resident suffering from dementia who went missing over a month ago. Janet DeFelice was reported missing June 1 from her son's home in rural Templeton, said San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Hascall. Authorities received a call in late June of a possible sighting at Someone Cares soup kitchen in the 700 block of W. 19th Street, Hascall said. It is the first reported sighting of DeFelice in Costa Mesa. "We were never able to confirm or deny that sighting," Hascall said.
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