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Alzheimer’s disease is mostly a condition of old age. Since life expectancy is getting longer around the world, the number of people affected by the brain disease is expected to triple in some countries by the middle of the century. People with Alzheimer’s often have other medical needs that require the services of numerous health care professionals. Caregivers often have a hard time keeping up with all the medical information.
More and more, family members are being called on to help care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. It is a responsibility for which most people are unprepared. This is why the Hebrew Home, a private health care group in Riverdale, New York, developed an iPhone and iPad application called "Balance."
The app offers caregivers advice on recognizing symptoms and on feeding, bathing and providing a healthy environment for the patient. It can be bought on the Internet for four dollars. David Pomeranz is Hebrew Home’s program development director, and he created "Balance."
"It is not easy and we hope this will make it a little easier for people."
The Hebrew Home is a not-for-profit organization that provides care to 75,000 patients throughout New York City.
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"We are dealing with their family members because, as a philosophy, we feel that we need to care for the caregiver equally in our (response to the) care needs (of) the clients themselves, since if the caregiver does not have the proper supports, they simply cannot be a caregiver."
Mister Pomeranz says the "Balance" software is designed to let users organize medical and other information so they can easily keep track of the person’s health. It helps caregivers manage doctor’s appointments and share information with doctors about the patient’s daily emotional changes.
Interest in the app is not limited to the United States.
"It has been interesting to see that we have had apps purchased (in countries) from Egypt to the Netherlands to Greece. It is like the United Nations every day, to see where people are buying this."
David Pomeranz says software developers are working on a version of "Balance" for mobile devices using the Android operating system.
In a separate but unrelated story, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Missouri have identified genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease. They say the discovery could help researchers develop new drugs against the brain disease. Go to voaspecial.com to hear more about this story.
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1.Alzheimer's Disease 阿兹海默症 ; 老年痴呆症 ; 阿兹海默病
In addition, several studies have shown that high cholesterol is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.
2.symptom n. [临床] 症状；征兆
One of the most common symptoms of schizophrenia is hearing imaginary voices.
3.caregiver n. 照料者，护理者
It is nearly always women who are the primary care givers.
4.keep track of 记录；与…保持联系
As a doctor, Brooks has to keep track of the latest developments in medicine.
老年痴呆症是最常见的老年疾病，随着全世界人寿命的延长，截止本世纪中期，有的国家身患这种大脑疾病的人数有望增长到三倍 。老年痴呆症患者通常需要额外的医疗护理，需要无数专业医疗工作者的服务 。护理者通常要下很大的劲才能掌握所有的医疗信息 。
越来愈多的家庭成员被叫来照顾患有老年痴呆症的亲人们，对于这种责任，很多人都没有准备 。因此，纽约河谷区名叫希伯来之家的私人疗养组织开发了名为“平衡”的iPhone和iPhad应用程序 。
该应用给护理者提供识别症状、喂食、洗澡、以及给病人提供健康环境所需的建议，在网上花4美元就可买到 。戴维·彭慕兰是希伯来之家的项目开发主任，是他发明了“平衡” 。
彭慕兰说，“平衡”软件意在让使用者组织医疗等信息，从而轻松地跟踪病人的健康状况 。该软件帮助护理者管理医生的预约，与医生分享病人日常情绪变化的信息 。
与此相关但独立的一件事是，华密苏里州盛顿大学圣路易斯医学院的科学家们识别出与老年痴呆症有关的基因，称该发现将有助于研究者开发对付这种疾病的新药物 。登陆voaspecial.com了解更多有关信息 。