Critter Corner: An Advance Directive Specifically for Dementia

Dear Angel, I recently read about Advance Directives that deal only with dementia. What is included in them and is it a good idea to create them in addition to other incapacity planning documents? Thanks! Dee … [Read more...]

From Grief to Compassion: The Changing Face of Alzheimer’s Care

Marie sits at a table in the dining room at the memory care center, reading the Washington Post and sipping some iced tea. She greets a visitor who enters with a big smile. She points out the view of a quiet tree-lined street … [Read more...]

When Mom and Dad Both Have Dementia

Q. My mother, Mary, is in a world of her own. I call it “Mary-land.” She often walks around in circles fussing about the “people who are breaking into the house." We live in a quiet safe neighborhood, which hasn’t had a break-in … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Alzheimer’s Breakthroughs in 2018

Dear Bebe, I have read so many stories about Alzheimer’s “breakthroughs” this year. What are some of the most promising ones? Thanks, Bray Kathrews Dear Bray, Despite millions of dollars and years of research, … [Read more...]

Veterans Benefits for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Q. I read that Veterans who experienced brain trauma in the course of their service are at a 60% higher risk for developing dementia, while those who have experienced PTSD are twice as likely. My father is a Vietnam Veteran who … [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...]

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...]