Critter Corner: What New Technology Can Help My Mother Age-in-Place Safely?

Dear Magic, In the past, you’ve published lots of articles on aging-in-place technology. My mother is aging-in-place and I worry about her, since we try not to visit her due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Are there any new … [Read more...]

Can People with Dementia Exercise their Right to Vote?

When it comes to the upcoming election, one political statement we can all agree on is that every U.S. citizen should exercise his or her right to vote on November 3. But does that include people living with Alzheimer’s or another … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Became a Caregiver

Dear Hayek, My mother, who has dementia, is moving in with me. Is there anything I should know before I embark upon this new role? Thanks for your help! Thanks! Juana Knowe —- Dear Juana, It is very kind of you to care … [Read more...]

Dementia Reimagined: A New Approach from a Bioethicist and Influencer

Dr. Patricia (Tia) Powell’s grandmother had dementia and she remembers vividly watching her mother care for her. Once, when her grandmother was in the later stages of the disease, her mother brought her grandmother out onto the … [Read more...]

Will Medicare Cover Alzheimer’s Brain Scans?

In the past few months, Julia has noticed that her mother, Betsy, has become increasingly forgetful. Betsy’s memory loss started out mild, including losing her keys and forgetting the day of the week, but is beginning to disrupt … [Read more...]

Early-Onset Dementia is Surging, Recent Study Finds

Q. My sister, Abigail, is 45 and complains of memory loss. She often repeats herself, asking the same questions over and over again and has trouble coming up with desired words in a conversation. The last time I visited her at her … [Read more...]

How to Meaningfully Reconnect with Someone Who Has Dementia

Thirty years ago, Dr. Anne Basting, a gerontologist and a professor, had an experience that would change her life forever. Dr. Basting, who currently teaches theater at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was researching aging … [Read more...]

Does a Loved One Have Undiagnosed Dementia?

For the past five years, Barry has been going for his regular yearly checkups at his primary care doctor’s office. Two years ago, he began complaining about memory lapses. He would forget names and sometimes faces, and he’d often … [Read more...]

Loving Someone with Dementia

Q. Valentine’s Day has always been special for my husband, Charlie, and I. It’s our wedding anniversary and we used to go all out every year celebrating it. Charlie wasn’t much of a romantic until he met me. He’s learned over the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Should a Loved One with a Dementia Diagnosis Have a Pet?

Dear Hayek, My grandmother Ruth has a small black mixed-breed pup named Angus. She is very fond of Angus and takes him everywhere. Ruth was diagnosed with dementia a couple of years ago. She still takes good care of Angus, but … [Read more...]