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...]

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Critter Corner: Halloween Tips for When a Loved One has Dementia

Dear Commander Bun Bun,My mother has dementia and recently moved into our home. Before she was diagnosed, she loved Halloween, especially all the decorations, seeing the grandchildren dressed up in costumes, and eating the … [Read more...]

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Straying from Loved Ones

Q. This past summer, I went to Burke Lake Park with a friend, Mary, who has a child with autism. While purchasing a ticket for the carousel for another child, Mary's son wandered off. After searching for a bit, and involving the … [Read more...]

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Are they Senior Moments or is it Dementia?

Can you remember the great meal you had last weekend, but can’t remember the name of the restaurant? Have you ever frantically called your cell phone in an effort to find it, only to realize it was in your pocket the whole time, … [Read more...]

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Secrets of Centenarians

Q. The other day, I was reading about Susannah Mushatt Jones, who turned 116 last month in New York. She was born in 1899 and retired in 1965. She never smoked or drank, and says lots of sleep is the secret to her longevity.I … [Read more...]

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A “Guardian Angel” When One is Needed Most

Marjorie never felt alone at her nursing home. Although her husband died last year, and her children couldn’t be there a lot of the time to visit her, she seemed content. Her ability to speak clearly and her memory were … [Read more...]

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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...]

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When Loved Ones Aren’t Permitted to Visit

Peter Falk and his daughter, Catherine. (from dalje.com) Jane and Maria are sisters who haven't spoken in ten years due to a disagreement over their mother's care. Jane was a caregiver for her mother, Millie, and served as her … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Why Do Women Get Alzheimer’s More than Men?

Dear Angel,I read that women get Alzheimer’s more often than men. Do you know of any scientific reasons why this happens?Thanks in advance,Alice Heimersen-Wemmen----Dear Alice,Among people who are 71 and … [Read more...]

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Highlights from the White House Conference on Aging

Photo from Whitehouse.govThis past Monday, on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging was held. … [Read more...]

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