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Elder Suicide Can Slide Under the Radar

September is, among many things, National Suicide Prevention Month. The numbers of young people who commit suicide are extremely disturbing and task forces are looking into preventative measures. The high rate of suicide among our military is also being studied in an attempt to stem these premature deaths. There is another age, however, where suicide is quietly occurring for any number of reasons. These suicides are among elders. Read more →

Wandering and Alzheimer’s: You Never Know When It Will Happen

Dear Carol: My mother has Alzheimer’s disease. She lives with us in our home, but there isn’t someone available during the day. So far she is doing okay, but I’m worried about the fact that she wants to go outside, and then she just takes off muttering things I don’t understand. I know wandering is a part of Alzheimer’s. What can we do? Francie Read more →

Study Finds that Non-Pharmacological Therapies Are As Effective As Drugs for Alzheimer's Patients

One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive from caregivers is how can I get help with my parent or spouse who has Alzheimer's disease. Science has yet to find a cure for this mine-robbing disease, and most of the drugs available only delay or calm symptoms for a time. With or without the medications that can make Alzheimer's easier to manage, at least at some stages, the care needed is still delivered by human hands. Read more →

Delayed Grief: Why a Caregiver Will Often Get Hit With Grief Months or Years After a Death

It's a day I won't forget. My mother, the last of my seven elders, had died approximately two years earlier. During her last months, I'd written a book on caregiving. I'd begun writing a newspaper column on elder care. I'd also begun writing on caregiving for Web sites. Read more →

When the review copy of 100 Simple Things You can do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss arrived, I did what I do with most review copies offered. I opened the package, made a mental note to get to it, and added it to my stack of books to read. Read more →

Pain and Dementia: Observing Body Language Important When People Can’t Articulate Pain

A number of years back, my dad, who had developed dementia after a surgery to correct problems from a World War II brain injury, was seized by sudden, horrendous pain. While Dad had to cope with considerable pain from arthritis and some back issues, this was different. Read more →

Medicare Supplemental Policies: Alphabet Soup

Dear Readers: Part one of this two-part series addressed my personal experience of signing up for Medicare Parts A and B as one of the “working aged.” That means I’m not retired. Yeah, I figured that out without help. This continuation takes you through the rest of my Medicare sign-up process. For months, I’d been receiving a deluge of mail from insurance companies telling me that I was turning 65 (oh, I’d forgotten!). Read more →