Can a Flu Shot Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s? Get a Flu or Pneumonia Shot!

Every year, Marion contemplates whether to get her flu shot. She hasn’t gotten one in the past, but then again, she hasn’t had the flu for nearly five years. This year she is also eligible for a no-cost pneumonia vaccine through … [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...]

Critter Corner: Keeping Your Brain Healthy

Dear Magic, I have read that early-onset dementia has become a lot more prevalent. I am concerned because I am 52 and very forgetful. I know there is no known way to prevent dementia from happening, if it’s going to happen. But … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When a Loved One or Pet is Distressed by Fireworks

Dear Hayek, Tomorrow is the 4th of July and despite the coronavirus, I heard that our new neighbors will be putting on a big fireworks display. I'm concerned about my husband, who has dementia, and our senior dog, Hodge. What … [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...]

Critter Corner: Medicare Care Planning Benefit for People with Alzheimer’s

Dear Magic, My mother, Ingrid, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We know that there is no cure and that it only gets worse as time progresses. We’d like to plan in advance to make sure she gets the support services and … [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...]

Can You Still Live Alone if You Have Early-Stage Alzheimer’s?

When Kimberly was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she took it as a devastating blow. She experienced the gamut of emotions anyone would feel after such a shocking discovery about oneself, including shock, denial, and … [Read more...]