Dear Carol: Is a dementia diagnosis always needed? I can understand younger people needing to know what kind of dementia is present, but my dad, who is 89, has declined cognitively over the last five years. His doctor has him on some dementia drugs that are supposed to help. They don’t seem to do much but they don’t seem to be hurting either, so we decided that it’s worth whatever benefit he can get. The doctor says that dad is really doing okay for his age, and we both hate to put him through a lot of tests just because his memory is poor. He’s in assisted living and when he worsens he can go to their memory care. The facility is good and I see him several times a week. He seems content. Should I be doing more? KP
An amazing book of stories that will touch your heart and encourage you, especially if you are a caregiver. Carol Bradley Bursack also has an excellent website devoted to the elderly and their caregivers. - Carol Heilman *Great Christmas gift!