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...]

The Reality of a Vaccine to Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Margery recently went for a physical, and while she was there, she got vaccinated for pneumonia, shingles, and a tetanus shot. Similar to most people, she doesn’t like getting shots, but there is one she wouldn’t mind at all: a … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

But I Promised I Wouldn’t Put her in a Nursing Home

Click Here to Read Magic's to "My Dad Doesn't Recognize Me - Is It Still Worth Visiting?" Q. I remember the moment like it was yesterday. My mom, who had Parkinson's for ten years at the time, was sitting at my kitchen table. I … [Read more...]

Dementia and the Right to Die

Q. During her last two years of agony, my mother would look at me and her doctors and nurses often and say, "Can't you just give me a little black pill?" It was obvious to all of us what she meant and, of course, all we could say … [Read more...]