The Ugly Side of Hospice Care

Q. My mother is ready to transition to hospice care. She has very advanced dementia, severe arthritis, and is immobile. With all of the assistance that she needs, we can no longer care for her in my home, even with the help of … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Turns 100 – Bill Gates is on a Mission to End It Now!

100 years ago, German physician Dr. Alois Alzheimer first wrote about “a peculiar disease.” He described the case of a woman named "Auguste D," who was experiencing significant memory loss, severe paranoia, and other psychological … [Read more...]

Bill to Support 40 Million Caregivers Becomes Law

Q. My friend, Molly, is the primary caregiver for her mother, Anne. Anne suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, among other things. After a hospital stay for an infected gall bladder, she came home and the responsibility … [Read more...]

Is Alzheimer’s a Spectrum Disease, Similar to Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Mary, a retired college professor, was unhappy when her ophthalmologist insisted that she stop driving. It happened when Mary informed her about her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Mary’s vision hadn’t changed in 10 years, and she felt … [Read more...]

Planning Ahead for Grandchildren

Q. Two years ago, our daughter Meredith got married. Today, she called to tell us that she is expecting twins! My husband and I are overjoyed, as they will be our first grandchildren. We want to make sure we include them in our … [Read more...]

Simplifying the Medicare Process

Q. I am a few months away from my 65th birthday, and I am aware that it is time to begin thinking about enrolling in Medicare. I started researching Medicare online, and I realized that enrollment is much more confusing than I … [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...]

Medicaid CCC Plus Rolls Out in Northern Virginia on December 1, 2017

Q. My mom, who you recently did asset protection for and got qualified for Medicaid, recently received a letter in the mail from the Virginia Department of Medical Services that welcomed her to Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus … [Read more...]

Has In-home Care Gotten a Lot More Expensive this Year?

Q. I’ve been a full-time caregiver for my mother for the past few years. Last year, when I noticed that my role was becoming more than I could handle myself, I started looking into in-home care. At the time, I decided against it … [Read more...]

Local College Students Invent New Gadget to Diagnose Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older … [Read more...]