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...]

Dozens of Dementia Treatments Have Failed. Will This One Work?

Peter Wooding (77) is among the 5 million Americans who are facing Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most devastating diagnoses today. Happily married for more than 50 years, Peter and his wife Joanne are not going to sit back and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: My Dad Doesn’t Recognize Me; is it Still Worth Visiting?

  Dear Magic, My dad is in a nursing home, and has dementia. I visited him a lot when he first got there, but my visits have tapered off a bit. I'm not sure if he knows who I am anymore, or if there is a benefit to him … [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...]

Fasting to Live Longer

Q. I am so blessed and have so much to live for: an amazing wife, two successful adult children, five grandchildren,  and a home on the beach in Florida that we visit frequently. I am aware that people are living longer these … [Read more...]

Please Stop Feeding Me!

Last weekend, I presented at the Positive Aging Fair, and my PR Director, Renee, staffed our expo booth. Renee told me and Jeannie about another booth at the expo that was particularly memorable, because the representative brought … [Read more...]

When a Loved One with Dementia is Violent

Q. My uncle Ed recently died in New York, and I got a ride to the funeral with my aunt and my other uncle from South Carolina, who were passing through our area. I hadn’t seen or spoken to them in a while. I knew from my mother … [Read more...]

When Caregiving Makes You Crazy

Q. My mother passed away six months ago, and my father is living alone in our family home, about a mile away from me. He is in the early stages of dementia, and has gotten quite forgetful lately. I have been a caregiver for him … [Read more...]

Seniors Get SMARTER as They Get Older – How to Retain Your Smarts and Your Memory

Forty year-old Rachel is quite forgetful. She always forgets at least one item when she goes to the supermarket, forgets names (but typically remembers faces), and can’t always tell you what she had for breakfast that day. Eighty … [Read more...]

My Wife is in a Nursing Home- Now What Do I Do with All This Free Time?

  Q. My wife has dementia, and your firm recently helped us qualify for Medicaid. At first, I never thought it would be possible, but it was, and I am forever grateful for your assistance. She is now in a nursing home, and … [Read more...]