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Dear Carol: This is the first year that my mother has lived in a nursing home and thankfully she loves it. Mom has vascular dementia and has needed a wheelchair since her last stroke. We tried taking her to our home for Thanksgiving this year and the day was a disaster. Read more →


People with Down syndrome have become one of our most important groups of volunteers for Alzheimer’s testing. Fortunately, many are more than willing to give their time and undergo some medical procedures in order to help others. Read more →


I asked her if her mother was seeing a neurologist. She said yes. I mentioned the fact that for elderly people, drug side effects can cause severe issues that can mimic dementia. She said that the doctor had considered that. Read more →


In some families, there is simply too much going on at that time. However, the campaign is launched during the holidays because many families get together at this time of year, so it may be a convenient time to at least begin to sow the seeds of a discussion. Read more →


Yet, people who've never been a caregiver for someone with dementia need to think this through. When a loved one develops dementia, both the care receiver and the caregiver have entered an incredibly challenging time of their lives. Read more →


However, if you visit often at different times of the day you'll see how staff members treat each other on a routine day and how they respond to extra busy times and emergency situations. You'll see the staff at their best – and their worst. Read more →


When it came to adjusting to nursing home life, their individual adjustments to socialization were the exact opposite of what we'd expected. Dad, with his dementia-challenged mind, loved taking part in social activities when he felt well enough. Mom, however, declined all attempts to socialize. Read more →


Dear Carol: My 73-year-old dad was widowed five years ago. He lives alone and considering all that he’s been through, he seems quite happy. He putters around the house doing projects he enjoys, watches TV, reads and has friends that he enjoys seeing occasionally. He’s included in all family gatherings and I stop by to see him a couple of times a week. Read more →


Spouses become ill or die. Other aging relatives and friends become seriously ill, or die. Neighborhoods change, often leaving even those well enough to remain in their own homes feeling friendless and isolated. The holidays can bring this isolation and a feeling of loneliness to a head. Read more →