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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Helping people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in case of emergency

People with dementia are especially vulnerable to chaos and emotional trauma. They have a limited ability to understand what is happening, and they may forget what they have been told about a particular disaster. First responders, neighbors and family members assisting with an evacuation should be alert to potential reactions of someone with dementia in disaster situations.

Delusional, paranoid and hallucinatory behavior in Alzheimer’s disease patients

By Micha Shalev   Delusional, paranoid and hallucinatory behaviors may be a response to internal or external factors. They most often occur as a result of...

Fences and bridges can separate and reconcile groups

By Marianne Delorey© Everyone has heard that birds of a feather flock together. It is a normal part of human nature to seek out people...

Who will take care of our frail elders?

By Judith Boyko Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. That’s one day closer to retirement and one day further along in the aging process....

Common types of dementia and their unique characteristics

By Micha Shalev Dementia is caused by various diseases and conditions that result in damaged brain cells or connections between brain cells. When making a...

Dementia sufferers: Wandering and sundowning

By Micha Shalev Wandering may be a response to restlessness, agitation, fear, boredom or physical discomfort. It may be a continued expression of a life-long...

Caregivers should get the support they need

By Melissa Weidman According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 65 million people, 29 percent of the U.S. population, provide care for a...

What is Alzheimer’s Disease, and what causes it?

By Micha Shalev Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurologic disease of the brain. It leads to the irreversible loss of neurons and the loss of...

Elder health Q&A: Dementia

By Dr. Jenny Chiang Q:  What is dementia? Dementia is a general term used to describe a brain disease that affects a person’s ability to think...

What is a rest home? Part 2

By Micha Shalev One of life’s greatest challenges is deciding when a loved one is no longer capable of living independently. Often, a time of...