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...]

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...]