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Friday, August 7, 2020

Is discretion truly the better part of valor?

I sat down recently with four card players. It turns out, only one was still driving. There seemed to be a common thread among the others – in all three cases, it seemed like they all had stories where driving had been taken away from them in a seemingly underhanded fashion. One lady recently moved back to Massachusetts from Florida. Her son told her to sell her car and they’d find her one up here. Well, conveniently, finding a new car has not become a priority.

Alzheimer’s disease: It’s impact on the patient and the family

Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder which gradually destroys or impairs the individual's brain cells. It creates problems in thinking, remembering, and the ability to perform what once were simple tasks such as taking a bath, driving a car, or writing a check. Alzheimer's disease affects more than four million people. Most are 65 years of age and older with a dramatic increase in the incidence of the disease in the 80-plus population.

The diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease – So now what?

Are you kidding me, I have what?! It can’t be true. It has to be a mistake. When you or your loved one first receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), it can feel like the world is slipping away from you. It can be hard to move at all, much less stay positive and start making the future plans that will make the later stages of the disease easier both for you and those around you. You may also feel really very "angry.”

A rarely suspected cause for memory impairment

By Micha Shalev It’s long been known that sleep plays a strong role in memory consolidation, but now, research is showing that age-related changes to...

The prospect of dementia

Only few want to grow old, as most of us are afraid of becoming senile. But now that our bodies last longer in better health, including our brains, the prospect of living a fulfilled old age is better than ever before.

Making visits count

‘What do I say or do when all my loved one does is beg to go home?’ By Micha Shalev Here are some tips to try...

Dementia and paradoxical behaviors

By Micha Shalev More than 50 percent of people with dementia experience behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). BPSD are distressing for individuals and...

Sleep problems in individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

By Micha Shalev Persons with Alzheimer's disease often appear to sleep less or sometimes, more. Sleep problems may be caused by pain, medication, lack 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...

Financial planning tips for caregivers

By Michelle Murdock Becoming a caregiver can result in many challenges; communicating with doctors, managing your time and your parents’ health, and just as importantly,...