Navigating an End-of-life Rally

Michael, an advanced Alzheimer's patient, was in hospice care and didn't have much time. He was experiencing what some believe to be precursors to death, such as loss of appetite, changes in breathing, and more confusion than … [Read more...]

Should Doctors Ask Older People If They Have Guns at Home?

      Q. I took my father for his routine physical appointment last week. The doctor asked him all kinds of questions, but didn't inquire about whether he owns a gun. He actually owns three guns, and I'm … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can Dad Still Manage his Finances?

Dear Bebe, My dad has mild cognitive impairment. Sometimes he's completely out of it, while at other times he seems like himself. When he’s out of it, he does silly and sometimes reckless things involving money. What are some … [Read more...]

Does High Blood Pressure Cause Dementia?

Each day, Dr. Walter Koroshetz, 65, takes a pill as part of his effort to help keep his brain healthy and sharp. The medicine isn't some miracle drug or a vitamin to stave off memory loss. The pill is his blood pressure … [Read more...]

Sign Language Gives People with Dementia a Way to Speak

John “Alec” Stephenson, an administrator at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community in Salt Lake City, raised a son with a hearing impairment. As many parents of children who are hearing impaired, the family embraced sign … [Read more...]

How to Maintain an Emotional Connection to Someone with Alzheimer’s

Geri Taylor (69) had recently retired from her job in health administration, when she started noticing changes in herself. For some time, she had experienced forgetfulness at work. For instance, when she was leading a staff … [Read more...]

Shocking New Study: Alzheimer’s Found in Children and Linked to Air Pollution

Amy took her daughter, Madison, to visit her grandmother in the memory care unit of the nursing home. Madison's grandmother's Alzheimer's had progressed a lot since they last saw her. Madison was perplexed by the changes in … [Read more...]

A Prosthetic Brain to Improve Memory?

U.S. Army veteran, Steven, is missing his left leg from a war injury. He wears a prosthetic leg, and it enables him to walk. For those who are missing an arm or leg, an artificial limb (or a prosthesis) can often replace it. A … [Read more...]

Should Dad Give Up His Guns?

Q. My father loves three things most in life: his antique cars, his dogs, and his guns. The shooting range has been like a second home to him since mom died. It's the place he gathers with buddies to socialize and let off … [Read more...]

Dozens of Dementia Treatments Have Failed. Will This One Work?

Peter Wooding (77) is among the 5 million Americans who are facing Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most devastating diagnoses today. Happily married for more than 50 years, Peter and his wife Joanne are not going to sit back and … [Read more...]