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Beware of Health Scams Aimed at Aging Parents

You see the ads everywhere these days—“Smart Drugs” for long life or “Arthritis Aches and Pains Disappear Like Magic!” or even statements claiming, “This treatment cured my cancer in 1 week.” It’s easy to understand the appeal of these promises. But there is still plenty of truth to the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” Read more →

Take time to discuss assisted living

Dear Carol: My parents live in a home they have had forever, and it’s become too much for them to keep up, inside and out. I try to help, but I live an hour’s drive away. I’d like them to look at assisted living, but they refuse. One day, one of them will fall down the steep old stairs that lead to the only bathroom. How can we get them to stop being so stubborn? – Jean Dear Jean: First, remember that at the bottom of most stubbornness is fear of change. You parents have had this home for a long time. Read more →

Boomer Caregivers Can be a Force for Change in Nursing Homes

Most of us would rather not have to live our last months or years in a nursing home. Certainly, almost no one would choose this option if all nursing homes were like the ones of past decades. Based on military and prison hospitals and run for the efficiency of staff, the old nursing home model was a horror. Are there still homes like this? Unfortunately, yes. Read more →

Has Your Loved One Has Lost Ground Mentally After Hospitalization? It May Be the Anesthetic

Frequently, I talk with people who have gotten their elderly parent home from a hospital stay, expecting an improvement in health, and found that they have deteriorated mentally - sometimes significantly. They ask, "Will this go away?" Obviously, each case is different, but it's certainly an issue that needs to be addressed Read more →

Is It Alzheimer's or Something Else?

There are many things that can mimic dementia, including medication interactions. As we age, even medications that never before caused problems may have negative effects. He also may be having problems with age-related memory that, some studies show, could be helped with exercise and diet, along with memory- challenging activities or games. Read more →