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Asperger Syndrome in the Elderly

06/13/2008

Question:

Does the Asperger syndrome become more pronounced with aging, and have the symptoms been mistaken for Alzheimer`s disease? In our drug oriented and proactive society, a doctor may test a patient who begins to need help at home because of aging. Finding "dementia," the doctor typically presecribes the most currently promising medication for Alzheimer`s disease. Would Namenda or the Excelon patch be at all helpful to an elderly person with Asperger syndrome?

Answer:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding Asperger's and the elderly. Unfortunately, we are a pediatric website and therefore are unable to answer your question.

If you have any pediatric questions regarding autism or Asperger's in children, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Response by:

Susan Thompson, MSN, CPNP
Research Nurse Practitioner
OSU Nisonger Center
The Ohio State University