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Both of my parents endured long, slow declines with significant pain before their deaths. However, my dad’s decline was one that many caregivers of those with dementia will relate to. - Read more →

. Also, studies show that older women who undergo surgery with anesthesia have a greater rate of cognitive decline than men. Additionally, an abnormal protein associated with Alzheimer's can build up in the brain more quickly in women than in men. Taken together Read more →

Loneliness can be a plague for the elderly and ill. Yet visiting with someone who doesn’t feel well, and may have limited cognition, can be tricky. Some nervousness or reluctance is natural, but a few considerations can help to make the visit go smoothly. Read more →

Many of us become aware of vision changes in our early to mid-40s, when we find, as my mother used to say, that “the print in the newspaper keeps getting smaller.” What’s happening, of course, is presbyopia. As the eye ages, the lens of the eye gradually loses its ability to focus on close objects, thus the prevalence of reading glasses in our mid-years. Read more →

Dear Carol: My father was always quietly supportive. He loved his family but showed little emotion. Six months ago he had a stroke and is now in a nursing home. His speech has been affected and he has trouble finding the words he wants to use. He’s receiving therapy but will likely be wheelchair bound the rest of his life. We have a large family and we all visit often. Read more →

An article on the UCSF website reports on a 9-year long study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study enrolled 3,069 adults over 70 at two community clinics in Memphis, TN and Pittsburgh, PA beginning in 1997. All the patients provided periodic blood samples and took regular cognitive tests over time. Read more →

he researchers stress, that solid conclusions can’t be determined at this time because cognitive problems can cause people to withdraw, therefore placing them at higher risk for dementia, so they still aren’t sure in all cases which came first – loneliness or dementia. - Read more →

A paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reported on some encouraging results about the benefits of exercise. Researchers at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan concluded exercise is something we can do right now to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. While the study was done on mice, the researchers feel strongly that people will show similar results. Read more →

Cell phones can literally be lifesavers, but they can also be complicated for some aging individuals to use. Not to mention, plans can be expensive. It pays to know your loved one’s unique limitations, if any, and then do the necessary research. Read more →