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Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

June 12, 2019 — This month, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This recognition takes place in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, an event that is symbolic of the ongoing battle for LGBT rights. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event, many members of that... Read More

Supporting Dementia Caregivers

January 3, 2019 — Millions of caregivers support the well-being of senior relatives. And caregivers whose loved ones are living with dementia carry an especially heavy load. The University of Michigan and the AARP recently conducted a study of people who provide care for family members or friends with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Among their findings:... Read More

Depression and Dementia—A Complicated Interconnection

November 7, 2018 — Depression is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. According to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, an estimated 15 percent of people older than 65 are dealing with depression, which affects the whole person: mind, body and emotions. Symptoms include a persistent feeling of sadness, lack of energy, changes in normal... Read More

Why Do People With Alzheimer’s Disease Wander?

July 26, 2018 — In the U.S. and around the world, the population is aging, and that means an increase in people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss. Geriatricians say that over half of these seniors are at risk of becoming lost. It seems that every week we come across a news article about a... Read More

Alzheimer’s Stigma Causes Isolation, Delays Diagnosis

May 24, 2018 — In March 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association released the results of a study that found that most people believe that if they were to develop Alzheimer’s, they would face discrimination. Said Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., who is the chief science officer for the Association, “The unfortunate stigma associated with Alzheimer’s may prevent people from getting the... Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Has Dementia

March 15, 2018 — Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive a great deal of care and support from family members—and, say experts,... Read More

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

February 15, 2018 — If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with... Read More

Scouts Bring Back Joy of Musical Memories

October 12, 2017 — Reprinted with permission of Mt. Olive Chronicle Mount Olive TWP. – The elderly woman with dementia had no problems remembering her younger days when she heard the crooning of Frank Sinatra on the CD. And there was the man, in his 80s, whose memory is failing, but who tapped his toes and sang to tunes... Read More

Special Care for “Special K”

October 1, 2017 — We took care of Kay for three years.  We nicknamed her “Special K,” because she became so special to us.  Kay was in her early 80’s when we first met, and her memory was beginning to slip.  She was not taking her medication properly, an error that was caught by her pharmacist when she returned... Read More

Can Alternative Health Practices Prevent or Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

May 5, 2017 — Many people, particularly older individuals, worry about forgetfulness and whether it is the first sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, forgetfulness has many causes. It can also be a normal part of aging, or related to various treatable health issues or to emotional problems, such as stress, anxiety or depression. Although no treatment... Read More