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ouldn’t they feel more humiliated smelling of urine or feces, you ask? Logically, yes. However, I hear frequently from readers that their parents will not wear protection, or will only wear it when they go out of the house. Read more →


When our elders are suffering from physical pain, mental stress, loneliness or the effects of ageism in our society, the result can be depression. Research done at Sweden’s Umeå University and reported on by Medical News Today finds that when group activities were introduced into the elders’ environments, depressive symptoms were often improved and the need for medication reduced or eliminated. Read more →


Urinary incontinence is when a person experiences small amounts of urine leaking from the bladder. It may be caused by stress, such as coughing, laughing, jogging, and even lifting items, or because of urge incontinence, which occurs when a person really needs to go to the bathroom and cannot get there in time. Read more →


Dear Carol: My mother has had diabetes for years and now her health has been complicated by dementia. I cared for her in my home for three years but apparently couldn’t do anything right. That wasn’t new, since her personality is such that even when she was fairly healthy, nothing anyone did was ever right. She’s now in a nursing home. The staff is excellent and I visit her nearly every day but she’s still complaining. This makes me feel even guiltier than I felt when she was at home complaining. It’s as if moving her to the nursing home makes me a bad person. I know that I did what had to be done, but going forward is hard. How do I start? ELB Read more →


The first elder for whom I became a primary caregiver was my neighbor, Joe. He was born of Norwegian immigrant parents who spoke Norwegian at home. As a result, Joe needed to repeat first grade because he spent his first year in school learning English. While Joe went on to become a well educated engineer who spoke English with no Norwegian accent, in his later years he did occasionally talk about the challenges he faced as a Norwegian speaking child. Read more →


A total of five studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver recently provided strong evidence that when a person’s natural walk gets slower or less controlled, his or her cognitive function is likely also suffering,.. Read more →


Its these personality changes that can at first anger and then baffle spouses who believed that they knew their husband or wife very well. Personality changes often happen with Alzheimer's disease, but memory loss generally presents a first clue that some changes in brain function are the underlying problem. Read more →


Given the stigma that still accompanies many brain diseases, that’s understandable. However, a new study has shown that early detection and treatment can be beneficial by curtailing symptoms, or at least managing them more efficiently. Read more →