The Risks of Dementia Denial

Pete's father, Frank, has always been a positive, happy person. He lives for the moment, doesn't take many things too seriously, and when it comes to something potentially stressful, he subscribes to the notion that "ignorance is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Make a Smart Phone Easier to Read for a Senior

Dear Bebe,   I recently bought my mother a smart phone for her birthday. I figured it would be a great way for her to communicate with the grandchildren, and to have in case of an emergency. There are also some great … [Read more...]

When Your Adult Child Distances Themselves

Carla, age 38, is a helpful and caring adult daughter. She lives five miles from her parents and assists her mother with caregiving for her father, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She scaled back her hours at … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Questions to Ask at a Family Meeting

Dear Ernie and Jannette, My wife and I have a family meeting planned where we will be discussing senior housing and end-of–life options for her mother, who is in the initial stage of Alzheimer’s, so now is a good time to figure … [Read more...]

What to Do When a Loved One is Terminally Ill

When Leanne's father was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), his family knew the prognosis was not good. The average survival time for FTD is typically 3-5 years, and Leanne’s father has already had the disease for two … [Read more...]

Can Dementia Symptoms Come and Go?

Q. My husband, my kids, and I visited my mother this year for the holidays. Mom was diagnosed with dementia last year, so I took some of Magic the bunny’s advice from Critter Corner on how best to celebrate the holiday with her. … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Having a Dementia-Friendly Holiday

Dear Magic, You look so cute in your Christmas tree headband that I thought I would ask you this question. My mom is coming for Christmas and will be at my home for several days. I haven’t seen her for a while, and my brother, … [Read more...]

Should You Talk About Death During the Holidays?

I saw the following quote on Facebook today, and it really resonated with me. It made me think about my own mortality and about my loved ones, who I will be seeing during the holidays: "None of us are getting out of here alive, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Including Grandchildren in Caregiving

Dear Magic, My mother moved close by after my father passed away. She suffers from diabetes and has hip problems. My 13-year-old daughter, Bella, and my 9 year old, Rex, want to visit to help with grandmother's caregiving and … [Read more...]

Are Faith Leaders Trained to Talk to About End-of-Life Topics?

My wife and I are over 65, and are both ready to discuss the topic of death and end-of-life planning. We spoke about it amongst ourselves, but need some guidance. We are religious, and would like our religious leader’s advice in … [Read more...]