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Loneliness with Aging Is Inevitable But Can be Managed

One can be lonely in a marriage. One can be lonely in a crowd. It's all about the quality of the relationships. People living in assisted living facilities and nursing homes are often lonely. While they live among plenty of people, these are not the people they've built their life around. They lack the intimacy of close relationships built over time. Good staff members work with people to help them feel needed and at home, but they can't heal the mounting wounds of lost personal relationships? Read more →

Husband with Alzheimer’s refuses to see specialist

Dear Carol: My husband went for a physical and was surprised by a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. He’s in denial and won’t see a specialist for confirmation. So far, he can still function almost normally except for short-term memory loss and occasional confusion. His primary care doctor prescribed Aricept and Namenda, for now, but he did suggest we get a second opinion. What can I do to help my husband? Gale Read more →

Companies That Can Help Elders Move

...Understandably, people tend to groan when they think about the difficulty of these moves. First, of course, the elder must part with years - perhaps decades - of belongings. Many of our parents were great "savers." They grew up in the depression and they have a strong feeling that they may need, um, that cracked mixing bowl, one day. And why wouldn't they feel this way? Many lived close to the edge of starvation during the Dirty Thirties. These experiences colored their whole life. Read more →

Alzheimer’s treatments undergoing late-stage trials

Three treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are undergoing late-stage trials. If none of these treatments can be considered a success once the trials are finished, Alzheimer’s researchers will need to consider starting over on another track in their quest to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Existing drugs for Alzheimer’s can slow the symptoms of Alzheimer’s for some people, but they don’t affect the underlying mechanism of the disease. Read more →

5 questions new caregivers should ask themselves

Many of us dove into caregiving with full hearts and no planning, then ended up sustaining this life-altering mode for months and often years. But at some point as a caregiver, you need to have a honest, realistic talk with yourself. You will, eventually need to include others in your final decisions, but some honest, quiet soul searching can help you sort out your own priorities and determine how much you can handle. Read more →

AFA Report Focuses on Alzheimer’s Wandering and What Caregivers Can Do About It

According to an Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) report, most people with Alzheimer’s disease who wander are found in close proximity of their home. That being said, it’s essential that people who wander be found quickly, since confusion or poor judgment could cause them to walk into traffic, enter a dangerous construction site, or simply become increasingly disoriented, confused and frightened. Read more →

Functional products preserve dignity

Dear Readers: It’s rare for me to write about a specific product because there are generally competing businesses that offer quality merchandise. A package that recently arrived in my mail prompted me to make an exception. It contained samples of stylish clothing protection that replaces the function of bibs. Read more →

Tips for new caregivers who suddenly realize they have a new job

...For me, caregiving began with an elderly neighbor who needed some assistance. This "assistance" turned into a five-year stint of elder care, closely followed by the ever increasing needs of six of my own family members. For all but one of my elders – my dad whose failed brain surgery sent him into severe dementia – care needs gradually increased. Read more →