Critter Corner: Can Digital Voice Assistants Help Detect Dementia?

Dear Hayek, Most people I know have some sort of digital voice assistant in their home, such as Amazon’s Alexa. I read somewhere that these speakers are helping to detect dementia. How does that work, and aren’t there privacy … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Leaving a Legacy and Tips for a Family Discussion

Dear Oakley, I have heard people speaking of leaving a legacy for their loved ones for when they die. The few times I’ve brought it up, my family does not want to talk about death and changes the subject. What exactly is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Project Lifesaver Programs for Loved Ones Who Wander

Dear Oakley, My grandmother, Shirley, will be moving in with us. She has dementia and has been known to wander outside the home. Are there any programs in the DC area to help people like her? Thanks for your help! Wanda … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Medical Problems That Can Mimic Dementia

Dear Hayek, My mom is experiencing memory lapses and a lack of focus, and sometimes she seems confused. Of course, I worry about dementia as a possibility. Perhaps there are other treatable conditions with similar symptoms that … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Two New Virginia Resources for Loved Ones with Dementia

Dear Angel, My father was just diagnosed with dementia. He will be moving in with my family and me in our Northern Virginia home. What are some resources that are available in the area and/or state to help us as caregivers, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Senior Nutrition Tips for National Nutrition Month

Dear Hayek, My sister eats like a bird and we worry she could be malnourished. Is there anything you can recommend to help her to get the daily nutrients her body needs? Thanks for your help! Edie Ng-Helthie --- Dear … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How is Deep Brain Stimulation Being Used for Parkinson’s?

Dear Oakley, In a recent newsletter, Mr. Farr wrote about Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s. He mentioned how it’s been used for Parkinson’s patients for years. My mother has Parkinson’s and this might be something we … [Read more...]

What are the Duties of a Health Care Agent?

Q. My sister, Tracy, told me recently that she is planning to get her incapacity planning documents in order and she asked me to be her health care agent. We aren’t super close but we are both the only family the other one has. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Talking With a Loved One About Their Health Care Wishes in Advance

Dear Angel, I am planning on getting my incapacity planning documents in order soon and would like to talk to my brother about being my health care agent. What are some of the topics I should think about prior to getting the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Could Loss of Smell Nearly 10 Years Prior Signify Lewy Body Dementia?

Dear Hayek, I recently heard that loss of smell could signify Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) as much as 9.3 years before it starts. Is this true? If so, are there any other lesser-known symptoms that I should be aware of? Thanks for … [Read more...]

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