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Can Caregiving Change Your Personality?

It's helpful to remember that there's likely no greater route to depleting the self-esteem of an ailing elder than to have their children boss them around. Therefore, it can be beneficial to consciously repeat the mantra that your parents are still your parents and they deserve to be treated as such. Read more →

World Alzheimer’s Month Focus On Global Advocacy

These and hundreds of other studies being conducted worldwide need funding. It’s imperative that this disease be brought under control. Events such as World Alzheimer’s Month and World Alzheimer’s Action Day are one way to bring awareness to more people about the need to aggressively seek answers. Read more →

Alzheimer's and Caregiving Chat Tomorrow on Facebook HealthCentral

HealthCentral, one of my primary clients, is sponsoring a Facebook chat about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving. To join in just log in to your FB account Thursday September 19th around 12:30 ET or a bit later. HC will open the chat for early questions around 12:30. Chat begins at 1:00. Along with me will be Dorian Martin, another HC health guide. This should be fun and instructional from both sides. We hope to repeat it in the future. See you there! Read more →

Guilt Over Selling Dad’s Possessions

Dear Carol: My Dad had a heart attack, followed by a small stroke. He also has vascular dementia. Dad’s 79 and not likely to improve enough to return to his home even with a health aide. We’ve found a very nice nursing home for him where my brother and I can both visit often. Dad seems reasonably content, so I guess I’m the one with the problem. He was living in the family home that is full of belongings dating back decades and we have to sell it all. This doesn’t seem to bother Dad, but I feel guilty, like I’m being disloyal to him by selling his home and belongings. I know I need to do this but how do I get over the guilt? -Linda Read more →

Understand Hospitalization Codes or Risk Medicare Denial

A lawsuit has been filed to fight this practice of putting people under observation for days and not admitting them to the hospital. The suit alleges that the practice of putting patients in observation denies them coverage for post-hospital rehab therapy, so they must either pay the facility’s full bill or go without treatment. Observation also classifies the people as outpatients while they’re in the hospital. Read more →

Living Life After a Dementia Diagnosis

People living with dementia are anxious to teach the public that while a dementia diagnosis is not what anyone wants to receive, it’s not as if they are “healthy” the day before the diagnosis and in late stage dementia the day after. Many people live for years with manageable dementia, and any number of them would call their lives satisfying. Read more →

Delaying Alzheimer's with Mental Enrichment Possible

For years researchers have tried to understand the impact and significance of a person's education level on the development of Alzheimer's disease. Many studies have shown that people who often challenge themselves to learn complex tasks will show Alzheimer’s symptoms later than those who don’t. Scientists theorized that people who work to enrich their minds, whether through formal means or through a mentally challenging lifestyle, have more cognitive resources at their disposal to mask symptoms of AD. Read more →