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December 2013

Evaluating a Nursing Home

Dear Carol: I’m moving my mother from another state to a nursing home near where I live. I’d like her closer to me and I also feel we have access to better nursing homes in my community. Her mind is quite good, but she’s 83 and has several health issues. Read more →


One of the NIA’s many websites presents a map of the U.S. When I investigated the site, I was surprised to find that even in my sparsely populated state there are currently 19 clinical trials being conducted on various approaches to aging and Alzheimer’s related treatment. Read more →


High Blood Sugar May Impact Alzheimer's Risk

Studies on people with Alzheimer's disease have shown reduced brain metabolism in some brain regions. This new study showed a similar pattern of lower metabolism in these same brain regions in diabetes-free participants with high blood sugar levels. Read more →


Alzheimer’s Related Aggression and Agitation a Challenge for Caregivers

Pain is one common reason for aggression. When a person who can’t communicate or has lost the cognitive ability to pinpoint a source of pain and ask for help, what option is there? They will likely act out. Read more →


Sleep Deprivation Could Contribute to Alzheimer’s Risk

While none of the study participants had any cognitive concerns, once their spinal fluid was analyzed test results showed that about one-third of them were very likely to have Alzheimer's-linked Amyloid plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are generally considered to be a sign of preclinical Alzheimer's. Read more →


Talking With Your Parents About End-of-Life Issues

What I personally suggest to adult children who are afraid to bring up end-of-life work with their parents is that they start the subject by talking about themselves. If you say to your dad "I just read in the paper about a guy younger than I am whose family is fighting over whether he should be kept on life support. Read more →


Caregivers: Are You Enjoying Christmas Day?

To me - a rather obsessive person when it comes to doing everything I can do to make something "right" for everyone else - there's something nice about knowing that I can do no more. The time has come that I must be done, so I may as well enjoy myself and accept the less than perfect results. Read more →


Christmas Intensifies Grief for Widow

Dear Carol: I dread Christmas. My husband died last summer and this is my first Christmas without him. He’d been sick with cancer and then Alzheimer’s, and part of me is happy that he was finally able to let go. Other times, I’d give anything for him to be here, which is actually selfish considering his obvious misery. Read more →


Making Tough Decisions as a Caregiver

Yes, we may be frustrated – even angry – over having to deal with another mess created by our parent or spouse who is showing signs of dementia. Yes, we are human and won't always handle these situations well. Read more →


Coping: Caregiving Changes Your Life

No matter what our age when we begin caregiving, caregiving is likely going to change our life as we've planned it out. If we have kids at home, they will have to adjust to sharing their time with you – with getting less of you. If you are older when caregiving enters your life, it often affects your retirement plans. Read more →