Mammograms for Women With Dementia? What is the Right Decision?
Posted Jan 30 2010 9:44am
By Max Wallack
Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER , a 501(c.)3 charitable organization. PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and other institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.
Today I read an article about the wisdom of giving mammograms to women with dementia. I think this is a very, very hard decision to make.
Researchers found that among more than 2,100 U.S. women age 70 and older, 18 percent of those with advanced cognitive impairment had received a screening mammogram in the past two years.