Is Alzheimer’s Contagious?

  There are currently 5.2 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s, and the number is expected to triple by 2050.  It has long been believed that Alzheimer's is caused only by age and genetics, but new research says … [Read more...]

Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s

Photo from Q. It's National Grandparent's Day on Sunday, September 13. My children want to do something special with their grandpa, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, ever since the … [Read more...]

Are they Senior Moments or is it Dementia?


Can you remember the great meal you had last weekend, but can’t remember the name of the restaurant? Have you ever frantically called your cell phone in an effort to find it, only to realize it was in your pocket the whole time, … [Read more...]

Hospitals are Required to Train a Family Caregiver Prior to Discharge

  Photo from US News Q. My father, Marty, was in a serious car accident last year, where he broke several bones. During the week that followed his discharge from the hospital, my step-mother, Carolyn, struggled as she … [Read more...]

Secrets of Centenarians

Q. The other day, I was reading about Susannah Mushatt Jones, who turned 116 last month in New York. She was born in 1899 and retired in 1965. She never smoked or drank, and says lots of sleep is the secret to her longevity. I … [Read more...]

70% of Americans turning 65 will need Long-Term Care

Correction: The title of our newsletter is incorrect. It should be "One in seven adults will have a disability for more than five years." We  apologize for this error!   Photo from A … [Read more...]

Filial Responsibility Revisited

Q. I was on Avvo recently looking up "filial responsibility." I saw you answered a question where a husband sued his wife's children to pay him monthly for the care of their mother in a dementia unit, and they were ordered to pay … [Read more...]

A “Guardian Angel” When One is Needed Most

Marjorie never felt alone at her nursing home. Although her husband died last year, and her children couldn’t be there a lot of the time to visit her, she seemed content. Her ability to speak clearly and her memory were … [Read more...]

A Different Type of Funeral

Q.I am the kind of person who likes to plan ahead for everything. I started planning my wedding before I was even engaged, and named my children long before I was pregnant. Now that I am getting older, I am beginning to think … [Read more...]

$10,000 a month! Why don’t they take it seriously?

Q. My parents are in their 70's and I am a caregiver for them, while working part-time and raising a family. My father has had Parkinson's for fifteen years and is no longer mobile. My mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. … [Read more...]