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...]

Things You May Not Know About Long-term Care

            With nearly 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day from now until 2030, long-term care is a top concern of current and soon-to-be retirees, or at least it should … [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...]

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...]

Should Dad Give Up His Guns?

Q. My father loves three things most in life: his antique cars, his dogs, and his guns. The shooting range has been like a second home to him since mom died. It's the place he gathers with buddies to socialize and let off … [Read more...]

Those Late-Night Golden Girls Reruns Could Be Bad for Your Health

Joan is tired all the time. It could be because she's a night owl who reads books and doesn't like putting them down, or because she watches reruns of the Golden Girls and Frasier late at night. Joan's daughter began noticing … [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...]