About Renee Eder

Renee Eder is the Director of Public Relations for the Farr Law Firm, and gives the voice to the Critters of Critter Corner. Renee’s poodle, Penny, is an official comfort dog who she and her children bring to visit with seniors who are in the early stages of dementia at a local senior home once a month.

Critter Corner: Why Do Some Individuals Have the Capacity to Maintain Thinking and Cognitive Abilities in the Presence of More Advanced Dementia?

Dear Raider,  I recently read about Diane Norelius in The New York Times Magazine. She was a woman with advancing dementia who was able to mask the severity of her condition pretty well by how coherent and well-spoken she was, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is My Mother Depressed? 

Dear Angel,  I talk to my mother a couple times a week. She would never tell me, but I think she could be lonely and depressed. This particularly came to mind when I read your article on positivity. I’d love to introduce some … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Does Having a Stroke Increase Your Chances of Dementia? 

Dear Hayek,  My aunt had a stroke pretty recently, and now she is having trouble remembering things, among other issues. Do strokes increase the chances of someone having dementia? If so, how long does it take to notice … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Pets Support People with Parkinson’s Disease 

Dear Raider,  My mom has Parkinson’s disease. We live a half hour away and try to see her as much as we can. I think having a pet will help her to stay active and feel loved. We always had miniature poodles growing up. Do you … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Stress Relief Tips for Seniors and Caregivers During Stress Awareness Month

Dear Angel, I have been incredibly stressed lately. I’m a caregiver for my mother and my children, and want to be the best I can be. What are some ways to alleviate this stress? Thanks so much for your help! Anders … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Is Light Therapy an Effective Treatment for Dementia?

Dear Hayek, I heard that photo therapy, or light therapy, is a safe, non-invasive, and inexpensive way of boosting cognition for patients with dementia. This seems fascinating to me and I’m wondering if you have heard anything … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Temple Grandin Thinks You Should Know About Autism 

Dear Angel,  My son was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and I understand that April is Autism Acceptance Month. I don’t know much about ASD. Is there anything you can share to help my … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Do Marriage and Children Reduce Your Risk of Dementia? 

Dear Raider,  I heard somewhere that marriage and children can help lower your risk of dementia. I hope this is true. I’ve been married to my husband for 50 years this year, and we have children, grandchildren, and even a … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How Do You Get a Loved One to Wear a Fall Prevention Device?

Dear Angel, I am thinking of buying my mother a smartwatch with fall prevention features on it for her birthday, but I'm worried she won't wear it. What is the likelihood that seniors in general actually wear these … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Making your Own Luck this St. Patrick’s Day!

Dear Hayek, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m feeling very lucky this year. I met the love of my life and I feel like the third time is the charm. We are getting married and blending our families. I do believe in luck, but I also … [Read more...]

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