Doctors Could Begin Prescribing Ritalin to Alzheimer’s Patients

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A local researcher is hoping to find a way to keep Alzheimer’s patients from falling down so much.

Saint Louis University geriatric psychiatrist Dr. George Grossberg is looking at low doses of Ritalin to help Alzheimer’s patients in some local nursing homes stay on their feet more often.

“There is some evidence that low doses of the same medicine that we use in kids that have attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity disorder may improve concentration and focus in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease so they are less likely to have falls.”

Grossberg says falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the elderly.

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