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...]

Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research from the Past Year

Q. It seems like there’s a new Alzheimer’s “breakthrough” almost every day. My husband and I often follow the headlines and in our attempt to pull together the true, reputable research, we have seen everything from the … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Current Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Magic, After spending 30 minutes hunting for her car the other day in a parking lot and leaving the oven on in another instance, my mom thinks it’s time to ask her doctor for an Alzheimer’s test. I remember when my dad got … [Read more...]

Have a Parent with Dementia? Your Symptoms May Show Up 6 Years Earlier

Kelly’s mother (85) has had dementia for eight years and her grandmothers on both parent’s sides also had it. Naturally, Kelly is concerned for herself and her children, and the likelihood that they will develop the disease. She … [Read more...]