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Date:7/14/2014

t from full healthcare treatment.

"Too-common attitudes such as, 'There's no need for extra care' or 'Why put them through all of that,' are not justified and are bad medical practice," said Maria Carrillo, the association's vice president of medical and scientific relations.

"Appropriate thoughtfulness and restraint are necessary when considering surgery or other procedures for people with Alzheimer's or another dementia," Carrillo said. "However, we should not assume that medical procedures cannot be pursued or are too risky."

These results show that improving sensory abilities can provide benefits in a variety of ways -- for people with Alzheimer's and also for their caregivers, she added.

Data and conclusions presented at meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology has more about cataract surgery.

SOURCE: Alzheimer's Association, news release, July 13, 2014

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