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Carol and Bob invited his mother, Ginny, to spend the holidays with them, as she does every year. This year, her live-in caregiver expressed concern that it was not a good idea because Ginny’s dementia has gotten worse and she may … [Read more...]

Halloween Can Be Scary for those with Dementia

Q. My mother-in-law has dementia and lives at home with a caregiver to assist her with activities of daily living. Before she was diagnosed, she loved Halloween, especially all the decorations, seeing the grandchildren dressed up … [Read more...]

Caution: Our Top 10 SCARIEST Articles

With Halloween upon us, it is time to present you, our dear readers, with this year's scariest & creepiest stories. From the nightmare of probate to court cases involving filial responsibility, we uncovered some scary … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s: Preserving Family Memories

Every year, Carol Magro would prepare a delicious Italian feast for the holidays. Five years ago, her daughter Barbara noticed that her mother was getting tired, confused, and didn't remember the ingredients for some of the dishes … [Read more...]

Caring for a Difficult Parent

Q. Throughout my life, my mother has always been a difficult person. She complains about everything and is hyper-critical, overbearing and, as you can imagine, hard to get along with. She always compares me to my older sister, who … [Read more...]

New PBS Documentary — “The Genius of Marian” — Explores How Alzheimer’s Runs in Families

Pam White and her son, Banker, by Marian Williams Steele. Many people fear that Alzheimer's disease in the family may be passed on to children and grandchildren. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, research has shown that … [Read more...]

Is Alzheimer’s in Your Future?

An estimated 44 million people live with Alzheimer's disease worldwide, and the global economic costs total $604 billion, according to Alzheimer’s Disease International. It is estimated that by 2050, the number of people living … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Treatment: Non-Drug Therapies That Can Help

There are treatments available now that most families coping with Alzheimer's or other dementia never hear about that can significantly improve their quality of life. Called non-pharmacologic therapies (NPTs), these treatments do … [Read more...]

Important Medicare Change: Patients No Longer Need to Show Progress to Receive Nursing Coverage

Medicare coverage of short-term rehabilitation in a nursing home is about to undergo a major policy change, resulting in beneficiaries with chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s … [Read more...]

Planning for Long-Term Care (Part 5)

The Veteran's Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit The best advice that I can give you when planning for long-term care is not to delay. We never know what the future holds. While we are able, we must prepare for a variety of … [Read more...]