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Transportation for Seniors Can Ease Driving Transition

Most of us with aging relatives will eventually face the “how do we stop them from driving” problem. To many people, driving a car equals independence. One reason for that is the lack of convenient public transportation in much of our country. Very large American cities such as New York, plus most of Europe’s large cities, generally have good public transportation, so people who don’t drive aren’t stranded. But across the country, accessible public transportation for elders is hard to come by. Read more →

Mother’s Cognitive Changes Frustrate Daughter

Dear Carol: My mother’s dementia is taking a toll on both of us. There are times when she doesn’t understand what is happening around her, so she gets angry, calls me names and even accuses me of stealing. Other times, she seems very clear, but those times are almost worse for me because she says things like “Just give me something to end this.” Five minutes later, she’s back to being mad at me or anyone else near her. I don’t know which extreme is harder to cope with. Isn’t there a way to find some middle ground with this disease? - Jan Read more →

Alzheimer’s Disease Doesn’t Only Affect Aged

Receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis at the age of 75 can be a crushing blow. Imagine, then, what it would be like to receive such a diagnosis when you are 35, 40 or 45-years-old? You're at your prime in many ways because you've got experience in your work, yet are nowhere near retirement. You have children, maybe yet in grade school Read more →

FDA Approves More Research Into Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s

... reported on a Canadian study that has shown that deep brain stimulation can reawaken circuits in the brain that lay down memory. People in the clinical trial had two electrodes implanted in the brain, which are connected to a battery implanted in the chest area. The brain is stimulated by these electrical impulses, “sparking” the memory center into activity. Read more →

Alzheimer’s Drugs to be Compared Side by Side in New Trials

Researchers leading the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer's Network (DIAN) recently announced that two pharmaceutical companies have agreed to donate investigational drugs to use in side by side trials in people who are destined by genetics to develop early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The companies have agreed to at least partially fund a five-year therapy trial, as well. Read more →

CMS Presents a Videos for Caregivers Addressing Medication Issues

Caregivers tend to spend significant time digging for useful information to better care for their loved ones, a need which often escalates when the care receiver transitions from one care setting to another. During these transitions, caregivers often need additional guidance, especially in handling medication changes. To help with this issue, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with the United Hospital Fund of New York's Next Step in Care campaign. Read more →

Proposed Settlement May Expand Medicare Coverage for Important Services

In a proposed settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit, the Obama administration has agreed to change the decades-old practice of denying Medicare coverage for skilled nursing care or physical therapy unless the patient could be shown to have a likelihood of medical or functional improvement. Read more →

How Do We Get Dad to Participate at Adult Day Care?

What do you do with Dad when sits alone, at adult day care, and sulks? How do you get Grandma to participate in the activities the nursing home provides? These scenarios often take us back to the days when our children entered kindergarten and hid in the corner, out of shyness. But there is usually something quite different going on with a senior who refuses to participate in appropriate activities often welcomed by his or her peers. Read more →

Lactose Intolerance Can Sneak Up on Elders

Many of our elders enjoy milk, ice cream and other dairy products. In general, dairy products can provide valuable nutrition and needed calories, but dairy products contain lactose, a milk sugar that requires the enzyme lactase for proper digestion. Even people who’ve enjoyed dairy products for decades can gradually lose their ability to produce enough lactase to digest milk or other dairy products. When this happens, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea can result. Read more →