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Dear Carol: My husband and I are both 71 years old and have been married 48 years. I’ve got a few health problems, including high blood pressure, however my husband has had heart by-pass surgery and is diabetic as well. His health is a big worry. My mother, now 95, has lived with us for nine years. She’s physically healthy except for severe arthritis, but she has dementia that is rapidly worsening. Her needs are increasing but so are my husband’s. He’s been a saint Read more →

Apple sauce and pudding are two foods that caregivers instinctively go to for as carriers for the needed medications. Apple sauce eventually becomes a failure because it tastes bitter to a person who no longer detects the sweet taste efficiently. Pudding, which is sweeter than apple sauce, also has its issues. Read more →

if you are having trouble convincing a loved one to wear his or her hearing aids, consider passing on this information. If your elder understands the connection between hearing and falling, you may get your point through. If the hearing aids are not satisfactory then the person should have another hearing exam. This isn’t about vanity, it’s about safety, quality of life and even life itself. Read more →

t’s been known for years that poor dental health increases a person’s risk for heart disease. In the recent past, poor dental health has been mentioned as a possible risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as well. Now, a large and lengthy study has confirmed a probable correlation between poor dental hygiene and dementia. Read more →

Caregivers and their loved ones are on the serious end of this spectrum. Yet, they, too, may develop a vision for how they would like to spend the time that they have left together. Deciding what caregivers and care receivers would like to accomplish together while the ill person can still enjoy life is tricky and highly unique to each pair involved. Read more →

Dear Carol: My mom had a stroke and recently has been diagnosed with vascular dementia with possible Alzheimer’s disease. Dad is her primary caregiver although I go to their home daily to help out. My immediate question is how do we cope with the fact that Mom continually takes out her hearing aids and pulls off her glasses? Read more →

A recent AARP survey discovered that 93% of Americans find maintaining brain health to be very important, however very few know the best ways to make this happen. When asked how to maintain brain health, results showed that many of the methods that are scientifically proven to improve or maintain brain health ranked as low priority areas for most respondents. Read more →

Time went on. My friend’s mother and her family endured a year of emotional anguish as the elderly woman became not only forgetful but what my friend called nasty. The older woman said things to her children that shocked them. Her husband was just barely hanging on. Life was tense for the whole family. - Read more →