A Parent has Alzheimer’s and a Gun. What Do You Do?

Ever since Gregg Schnepp retired, his favorite activity has been gathering with his friends at the shooting range. According to his wife, Joanne, who is a strong believer in the right to bear arms, “shooting is about his only … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Would a Pet be Beneficial for my Mom with Alzheimer’s?

Dear Angel, My mom has Alzheimer’s and I am thinking about bringing a cat into the house to help calm her down when she gets agitated. Is pet therapy effective for those with Alzheimer’s and do you think it’s a good idea for … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Lost Memories May Be Recoverable

Jennifer was 42 years-old when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.  She was heartbroken at first, wondering if she would remember the details of her first love, her child's wobbly first steps, her overseas travels, or … [Read more...]

Stop Playing Those Mind Games?!?

Example of a Lumosity Game Brain teasers and mind games sure seem like a good way to keep your mind sharp. In fact, in a recent study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics, it was found that cognitive exercises … [Read more...]

How to Survive Adult Sibling Conflict Over Elder Care, Inheritances, and More

Q. Last week, my sister, my brother, and I traveled with our families to visit our 82-year old mother for Thanksgiving (I didn't have to go too far, since she lives ten minutes away!). Although mom says she is “just fine,” we … [Read more...]

How Do You Tell Loved Ones That You Have Alzheimer’s?

Greg O'Brien and his family (source: onpluto.org) Fifty-nine year old Greg O'Brien lives a healthy and happy life. He exercises every day, makes a good living, and spends lots of quality time with his wife and three … [Read more...]

Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s

Photo from everydayfamily.com Q. It's National Grandparent's Day on Sunday, September 13. My children want to do something special with their grandpa, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, ever since the … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: Can Banks Refuse to Accept a Power of Attorney?

Q. My cousin's parents executed a Power of Attorney naming her and her sister as co-agents. My aunt is now deceased. My uncle, who has dementia, is owner of an investment portfolio with monthly dividends being automatically … [Read more...]

The Healing Power of Music — “Alive Inside”

Music has power—especially for individuals with dementia. When used appropriately, it can help shift mood, manage stress, reduce agitation, stimulate positive interactions, and can even triumph where prescription medication falls … [Read more...]

Amazing Pets – Saving Senior’s Lives

Q. My mother, Jessica, lives alone and is considering adopting a pet.  I am all in favor, but know it is a lot of work and vet visits are often expensive. For me, these things are certainly worth it.  Despite the grooming costs, … [Read more...]

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