Critter Corner: Protecting My Mother from Scams

Dear Angel,I recently visited my 80-year old mother, who is in the early stages of dementia. I noticed boxes of items that were mailed to her, including tons of magazines about body building and deep sea fishing (both of which … [Read more...]

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Alzheimer’s Diagnosis is Rarely Disclosed to Patients

Q. My mother, Lorraine , is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's. We think it began ten years ago when she started showing signs, but no one knows for sure. She went to a doctor for physicals every year, and seemed to be in good … [Read more...]

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Informal Home Care Could Result in Medicaid Ineligibility

Betty Jensen was an elderly woman with dementia, who resided in her home in Muskegon, Michigan. In May 2011, when she needed assistance, her concerned grandson, Jason, acted on her behalf and hired a non-relative, Teresa … [Read more...]

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How Close Are We to a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Q. I just found out that my favorite Aunt, Norma, is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. I was heartbroken at first, but am optimistic that with all the research being conducted, we could be close to a cure. Sure enough, this … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Alzheimer’s Accountability Act Signed Into Law

Dear Ernie and Jannette,I heard that the Alzheimer's Accountability Act was signed into law recently as part of a federal funding bill. Does this mean more money for Alzheimer's research?Thanks!Nida … [Read more...]

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Families in Turmoil Over Alzheimer’s Care — Glen Campbell

Imagine this scenario: You have a loved one who has dementia and needs more care than you can provide. Your family members don’t agree on what to do, and your loved one can no longer express an opinion. Court proceedings follow, … [Read more...]

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New Apps for Seniors with Memory Loss

Q. I bought my mother, Charlotte, a tablet for Christmas last month. I thought it was an ideal gift for her, since she is beginning to experience memory loss, and was told that she could benefit from apps that help her exercise … [Read more...]

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Would You Want This In Your Advance Medical Directive?

Jerome Medalie can't imagine life with Alzheimer's. And, he has made it known that he doesn't want to be around if he can't “recognize his loved ones” or “articulate coherent thoughts and sentences.” He did so formally and legally … [Read more...]

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The Healing Power of Music — “Alive Inside”

Music has power—especially for individuals with dementia. When used appropriately, it can help shift mood, manage stress, reduce agitation, stimulate positive interactions, and can even triumph where prescription medication falls … [Read more...]

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Can Pets Get Dementia?

Earl and Linda's silver poodle, Sophia, is fifteen years old. Recently, they have come home from work to find Sophia wandering aimlessly through the house and have noticed the trouble she is having finding the doggie door. Sophia … [Read more...]

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