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...]

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Penny's father was being discharged from the hospital after his latest fainting spell from low blood pressure. Having suffered from Parkinson's for more than 20 years, he regressed during his stay, and he was having serious … [Read more...]

Ignoring Hearing Loss Can Dramatically Increase Likelihood of Dementia

Q. I am convinced that my mom is experiencing hearing loss. I find myself repeating things I say and shouting just so she'll hear me. She also turns the TV up so loud that I can hear it on the other side of the house! I think she … [Read more...]

Shocking New Study: Alzheimer’s Found in Children and Linked to Air Pollution

Amy took her daughter, Madison, to visit her grandmother in the memory care unit of the nursing home. Madison's grandmother's Alzheimer's had progressed a lot since they last saw her. Madison was perplexed by the changes in … [Read more...]

Who is This Man and What Did He Do with My Husband?

Photo: Ruth and Michael French, NY Times video Thirty years ago, Ruth married Michael French, a smart, good-natured, hardworking man. Michael was an engineer, lectured at conventions, did volunteer work, belonged to a history … [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...]

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...]