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This is my personal stamp on their credibility. Agingcare has now put together a valuable booklet to help our veterans and their families navigate what can be a frustrating journey to determine what benefits they are eligible for. Take a look. Read more →

While young people may seem to thrive on junk food and sporadic exercise, older people may find that their bodies are more demanding about receiving their required nutrients and exercise if they are to stay vital. Increasingly, oral health is making news in this area. Read more →

Our culture is steeped in language makes accepting the terminal diagnosis of ourselves or a loved one more difficult to accept than it needs to be. Doctors say, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing more we can do. You might as well go on hospice care.” Patients say that they want “aggressive treatment,” Read more →

Dear Carol: I’ve spent the last seven years caring for my mother who was a cancer survivor with many other health issues, as well as my father who had dementia. Both are now gone and I truly miss them. Not only am I sad, but I’m surprised at how lost I feel. I guess I’ve identified as a caregiver for so long I don’t know how to do anything else. Read more →

Even so, every time I found a kernel of truth, I felt as though I could keep going, Someone else was brave enough to share this upside down world as well. Read more →

During the decade that Dad lived with dementia, he had moments of clarity. One such moment I will always hold close is when he suddenly looked at me through clear, intelligent eyes and said, “Do they know what happened to me?” As he said this, he pointed out at people passing the doorway of his room in a nursing home. Read more →

Finding activities for people with dementia can be challenging. For example, my dad’s dementia was caused by failed surgery during his 70s. He was always interested in archaeology, science of any type, space exploration and a variety of human cultures. Read more →

Alzheimer's changes the brain physically. When caregivers understand that change, it makes providing care for their loved one easier because we are constantly reminded that the behaviors that are hard to handle are caused by the disease. Read more →