Dr. Kathy Richards, a UT nurse scientist with over 20 years of research and clinical practice experience is working to help people who cannot always voice their problems with restless leg syndrome.
We know that it can keep people up all night if they do not get treatment because their legs keep moving (e.g. restless leg syndrome or RLS). People with dementia cannot tell their doctors how they feel. Dr. Richards has found a way to diagnose it without having people tell her what they feel. She watches for key behaviors.
If the person has RLS, she can treat it with a standard and safe medication. Afterwards, she monitors if the medication helps people with Alzheimer's or dementia to feel better, and hence, they can sleep better at night without feelings of agitation. This is an exciting study for people with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers. When people with Alzheimer's Disease do not sleep their caregivers do not sleep.
This study was funded by the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.
If interested, call Delilah Dominguez, LCSW at 512.827.8731 or 512.475.750