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In some cases, the state has a say in whether an Alzheimer’s patient keeps driving. Or a doctor can notify the state. Unfortunately, the more advanced the Alzheimer’s, the more likely the senior is to deny that there’s a problem and continue to drive. You might have to resort to hiding the car keys or removing a part so the car won’t start. If you have a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s, consider whether it’s time for you to take a stand -- and the car keys. Look at the Alzheimer’s Association site [www.alz.org] for information and ideas. For an early Alzheimer’s senior who is still driving, GPS mapping systems in the vehicle can make it easier to get from one place to the other. And in the case of the gentleman who was lost in the woods, much time (not to mention his life) could have been saved if there had been a tracking device on his car.

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ANSWER: G.S., I know I answered this question before, but you must not have seen it. I’ll do it again. The salt in salt water doesn’t get through your skin. Swimming in salt water doesn’t raise blood pressure. It improves it. All exercise does. If you miss the answer this time, G.S., I have to drop the question. People will think I’m obsessed with it. The booklet on hypertension provides more details on this epidemic illness. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 104W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

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