Medicaid-Covered Home Health Care in Maryland — Reality or Illusion?

Q. For years, my Aunt Linda, 80, who lives in Rockville, Maryland, has had trouble walking or standing for long periods and trouble getting in and out of her favorite chair. She also needs help dressing and bathing, and she has … [Read more...]

Compassionate Deception: Is Therapeutic Fibbing Okay to Do When a Loved One Has Dementia?

People living with dementia commonly experience different realities and beliefs from those around them. Barton Bernstein, an emeritus professor of history at Stanford University, has experienced this firsthand with his … [Read more...]

How to Be a Patient Advocate for a Loved One

Q. My father, Rick, has FTD (frontotemporal dementia — the kind that causes him to have behavioral problems such as aggression and lack of respect for the personal space of others) and also suffers from recurring urinary tract … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Long-Term Care Planning Month — Can the Terms “Long-Term Care” and “Nursing Home Care” Be Used Synonymously?

Dear Oakley, I read somewhere that October is Long-Term Care (LTC) planning month. I heard that 70% of seniors will need long-term care in their lifetimes. I’m a little confused though. Is “long-term care” another way of saying … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Top 7 Apps for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

Dear Angel, My father, Bill, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I was wondering if you knew of any apps that would be beneficial and/or enjoyable for him to use. Thanks so much in advance! Al Zimerapps --- Dear … [Read more...]

These Non-Traditional Senior Living Facilities Have Almost No Coronavirus Cases

On a recent afternoon, Ruth Deardorff, 97, sat by the orchids and other potted flowers that she had chosen to line the windowsill of her room. After decades of gardening and growing flowers in the yard of her suburban home, she … [Read more...]

Ten of the Most Common Myths About Long-term Care

Mark and his wife, Josephine, were discussing his mother, Alice, at dinner one night. Alice is in the early stages of dementia, but as her memory gets worse and she needs more assistance, the doctor said she will likely need … [Read more...]

Should Nursing Homes Reopen to Visitors?

Q. My mother, Betty, is in a nursing home in Richmond. Although she has advanced dementia, I could tell that she always enjoyed our family’s visits. Her face always brightened when she saw me, my wife, and her grandchildren. She … [Read more...]

Is Driving Cessation a Risk Factor for Long-Term Care?

Olivia has always enjoyed driving. She loves the wind in her hair as she drives on Main Street with the top down on her convertible, a retirement present she bought for herself. She enjoys the independence she feels when she gets … [Read more...]

Are They Moving Coronavirus Patients into Nursing Homes?

Q. My mother, Phyllis, is in a nursing home in Northern Virginia. I heard that across the country, they are moving coronavirus patients into nursing homes. I understand that my mom is quarantined to her room, but I still think … [Read more...]

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