What to Do When You are Blindsided by a STUG

Q. Five years ago, my father passed away after suffering from dementia for years. The entire family was there to say goodbye to him and we felt like we had closure. He planned well, so everything was taken care of and he took the … [Read more...]

Help! My Husband Was Recently Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Q. I was 25 years old when I met my now husband, Elliot. We became best friends and two years later, then we got married and had a baby. Fifteen years and three children later, I began to notice lots of changes in his personality … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: New Mental Health Bill Introduced in Congress

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I am a caregiver for my brother, who has schizophrenia. I heard something about a bill to help caregivers like myself and those with mental illnesses. Do you know anything about it, and if so, can you … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Take Advantage of End-of-life Care Talks?

Dear Baxter,  I just read that Medicare will fund end-of-life planning discussions with doctors, as of Jan. 1, 2016. Why is this important? My doctor already does this for free. And why should seniors take advantage of these … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: Singing Awakens Memories – A Local Study

Q. I read your recent newsletter that described presentations at the Dementia Consortium and the one about music and dementia really piqued my interest. My father has moderate dementia, and we are looking for ways to get through … [Read more...]

Nursing home patients under 65 on the rise

Undoubtedly a challenging transition at any age, the shift to a nursing home may be even more difficult for the more than 200,000 people living in such facilities under the age of 65. Nursing homes must come to terms with this … [Read more...]