Advance Directives for Dementia: Making Your Voice Heard When You Can No Longer Remember

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. At that rate, in 2050, it is estimated that the number of people living with dementia will increase to more than 130 million. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Resources for Veteran’s with Dementia

Dear Magic, My mother is a veteran who has dementia and I will be her main caregiver. Do you know of any resources that can help me better understand veterans and dementia and provide tips for me in my new caregiver role? … [Read more...]

Yikes! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2018

Believe it or not, in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs Planning, there are some news stories that sound more like the scary plots of horror movies than real life. The topics can be so horrifying that suddenly, you … [Read more...]

The 7 Stages of Alzheimer’s

Q. I recently heard that Sandra Day O'Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice, announced that she has Alzheimer's disease. Her son explained how she overcame so many obstacles in her life that she was convinced that she … [Read more...]

Do You Have an Advocate to Speak on Your Behalf?

Q. My sister, Penny, has advanced Parkinson’s and is beginning to experience symptoms of dementia. She’s been in the hospital several times over the past year for aspiration pneumonia, falls, and urinary tract infections. Although … [Read more...]

Can They Kick Her Out of Assisted Living? 

Jeff Regan received a shocking phone call from Atria Assisted Living to inform him that his aunt, Marilou Jones, 94, who has dementia, was being evicted. The family was informed by the nurse who phoned them that Marilou can't … [Read more...]

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...]