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Are Adult Children Responsible For Parents’ Nursing Home Bill?

Dear Carol: Both of my parents are in a nursing home, so their once comfortable retirement savings will be depleted within another year. I’m assuming that Medicaid will take over paying for their care, but I’ve heard of cases where adult children have been held responsible. Adding to that worry, my wife is showing signs of early on-set dementia. The symptoms aren’t too concrete yet, but it’s in her genetic history. What happens to me if my wife needs nursing home care? I don’t need a fancy lifestyle, but I do need a roof over my head and some money to live on. Thanks. Darryl. Read more →

Maintaining Brain Cleansing System May Help Alzheimer's

...Alzheimer may result from a slowing down of the glymphatic system as we age is a completely new way to think about neurological disorders. It also presents us with a new set of targets to potentially increase the efficiency of glymphatic clearance and, ultimately, change the course of these conditions.” Read more →

Do We Continue to Celebrate Valentine's Day When Dementia is Present?

Family participation takes a little of the pressure off the spousal connection so that as dementia steals an elder's memory, or a death is imminent, there's more to the day than just the couple's celebration. Then, when the time comes that your help is needed with their celebrations, you will already have laid some groundwork. Read more →

How to Provide Nourishment When Elders Only Want Sweets

Convincing a loved one to stick to healthy food can be challenging, so it's often best to start by injecting small amounts of nutrition into their dietary regimen. Here are a few steps to take when trying to get a senior to eat better: Read more →

Elders May Hide Dementia Symptoms from Their Doctor

It’s human to dislike our thought process questioned since our brain represents so much of our identity. So, rather like children who cover their eyes and say “you can’t see me,” people often feel that if they aren’t diagnosed with dementia, well, dementia isn’t their problem. Read more →

Outliving Friends Can Fuel Depression

Dear Carol: My mom is 87-years-old and is pretty sharp mentally. She has severe arthritis and high blood pressure but isn’t in bad health for someone her age. I feel so sorry for her, though, because her friends are either deceased, terribly ill or have dementia. Mom used to be social but now she sits around her home all day knitting and watching TV. She lives alone in an apartment not far from me and I visit nearly every evening, though I have a husband, small children and a job. I don’t feel her quality of life is very good despite her relatively good health. She seems so lonely and depressed. What can I do to help? Erin Read more →

Sleep Deprivation Can Be a Factor in Dementia

It’s well documented that poor sleep is bad for our health and can be at the root of heart health issues, weight gain and increased sensitivity to stress. With newer studies showing that our Alzheimer’s risk is increased by recurrent poor quality sleep, logic would tell us that getting help with our caregiving obligations, whether paid or volunteer, may help with sleep and mitigate against AD, as well. Read more →

Communicating With a Person Who Has Dementia Takes Skill, Heart

Communicating with someone who has dementia can be an ever-changing challenge. But some things never change. One of those constants is that caregivers and friends must fully understand and accept that the person with dementia is not a child any sense of the word. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/160366/communicating-dementia-takes#sthash.7VP9HLb6.dpuf Read more →