Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Coffee? Eggs? Axona? A powder formulation medical food therapy that is mixed with water and consumed at breakfast is now available to help manage mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Axona, dispensed by prescription, targets the metabolic deficiencies and imbalances associated with AD by providing an alternative energy source for brain cells. The product is available in individual packets and is complementary to current AD therapies.

© Accera, Inc.

AD is characterized by a substantial decrease in the brain’s ability to metabolize glucose; Axona targets the metabolic defects of glucose utilization in the brain by providing an alternative energy source. Axona is digested and metabolized by the liver to form ketone bodies, naturally occurring compounds produced by the body at low levels. These ketone bodies act as a secondary energy source for the brain to help maintain and improve cognitive function.

Axona was evaluated in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study performed at multiple U.S. clinical centers in a population of 152 patients with probable mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Patients taking Axona demonstrated significant improvements in cognitive function by day 45 (as measured by the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive subscale score). These patients also maintained a slight improvement from baseline after 90 days of daily Axona administration, whereas the placebo group demonstrated a decline. In these trials, Axona was demonstrated to be safe, effective, and generally well tolerated.

Source.“Accera Launches Axona, First Medical Food Therapy to Help Manage Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease.” (2009, March 2). Retrieved April 1, 2009, from http://accerapharma.com/2009/news30.html.

The Posey Company’s newest Posey Bed Enclosure, model 8070, helps provide maximum protection for fall management. The product is ideal for patients considered at high risk for falls or injuries from an unassisted bed exit or for those who can’t be left unattended.

© The Posey Company

The Posey Bed 8070 incorporates the following features:

For more information, including a video about the product, visit http://www.posey.com.

Sources.The Posey Company. (2008). Posey bed all-in-one bed and canopy enclosure. Retrieved April 1, 2009, from http://www.posey.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=8070.

The Posey Company. (2009, March 17). Posey Company launches new flagship enclosure bed for at-risk patients [Press release]. Arcadia, CA: Author.

Maddak Inc.’s line of bath seats and transfer benches has been expanded and now includes both the Bath Safe Round Shower Stool and the Rotating Shower Stool, ideal for people who have trouble standing for long periods of time; have lower extremity weakness; have hip, knee, or back injuries; or need assistance bathing. Both are sized to fit in stand-up shower stalls.

© Maddak LLC

The stools, made completely of durable plastic, feature 15.5-inch to 16-inch seating areas and adjustable legs that make the seats 16 to 21 inches high. The stools include nonskid feet and can support up to 300 lbs. The Rotating Shower Stool features a swiveling seat that moves smoothly in both directions.

The Round Shower Stool is available for $42; the rotating version costs $59. For more information, visit http://www.maddak.com.

Source.Maddak LLC. (2008, October). Round shower stool—Shower with confidence! [Press release]. Pequannock, NJ: Author.

Morning Mix Manages Alzheimer’s Disease

Coffee? Eggs? Axona? A powder formulation medical food therapy that is mixed with water and consumed at breakfast is now available to help manage mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Axona, dispensed by prescription, targets the metabolic deficiencies and imbalances associated with AD by providing an alternative energy source for brain cells. The product is available in individual packets and is complementary to current AD therapies.

© Accera, Inc.

© Accera, Inc.

AD is characterized by a substantial decrease in the brain’s ability to metabolize glucose; Axona targets the metabolic defects of glucose utilization in the brain by providing an alternative energy source. Axona is digested and metabolized by the liver to form ketone bodies, naturally occurring compounds produced by the body at low levels. These ketone bodies act as a secondary energy source for the brain to help maintain and improve cognitive function.

Axona was evaluated in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study performed at multiple U.S. clinical centers in a population of 152 patients with probable mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Patients taking Axona demonstrated significant improvements in cognitive function by day 45 (as measured by the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive subscale score). These patients also maintained a slight improvement from baseline after 90 days of daily Axona administration, whereas the placebo group demonstrated a decline. In these trials, Axona was demonstrated to be safe, effective, and generally well tolerated.

Source.“Accera Launches Axona, First Medical Food Therapy to Help Manage Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease.” (2009, March 2). Retrieved April 1, 2009, from http://accerapharma.com/2009/news30.html.

Enclosure Bed Keeps Patients Safe

The Posey Company’s newest Posey Bed Enclosure, model 8070, helps provide maximum protection for fall management. The product is ideal for patients considered at high risk for falls or injuries from an unassisted bed exit or for those who can’t be left unattended.

© The Posey Company

© The Posey Company

The Posey Bed 8070 incorporates the following features:

  • Fully automatic low hospital bed.
  • Enclosed patented mattress compartment that helps reduce the risk of patient entrapment.
  • Water-repellent, skin friendly, and durable nylon canopy.
  • Four access panels for patient care from all sides.
  • Quick-release buckles that lock the zipper pull-tabs for added patient security.
  • Perimeter guards for temporary use during patient care.
  • Foam canopy pads around the metal canopy frame.
  • Two tube ports and two drainage ports.

For more information, including a video about the product, visit http://www.posey.com.

Sources.The Posey Company. (2008). Posey bed all-in-one bed and canopy enclosure. Retrieved April 1, 2009, from http://www.posey.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=8070.

The Posey Company. (2009, March 17). Posey Company launches new flagship enclosure bed for at-risk patients [Press release]. Arcadia, CA: Author.

Stools Offer Shower Power for Easy Bathing

Maddak Inc.’s line of bath seats and transfer benches has been expanded and now includes both the Bath Safe Round Shower Stool and the Rotating Shower Stool, ideal for people who have trouble standing for long periods of time; have lower extremity weakness; have hip, knee, or back injuries; or need assistance bathing. Both are sized to fit in stand-up shower stalls.

© Maddak LLC

© Maddak LLC

The stools, made completely of durable plastic, feature 15.5-inch to 16-inch seating areas and adjustable legs that make the seats 16 to 21 inches high. The stools include nonskid feet and can support up to 300 lbs. The Rotating Shower Stool features a swiveling seat that moves smoothly in both directions.

The Round Shower Stool is available for $42; the rotating version costs $59. For more information, visit http://www.maddak.com.

Source.Maddak LLC. (2008, October). Round shower stool—Shower with confidence! [Press release]. Pequannock, NJ: Author.

10.3928/00989134-20090501-09

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