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Dear WG: It’s gratifying to hear about the attention that you’re paying your aunt and your concern for her welfare. Having pleasurable work or a hobby that we love is wonderful for mental health as we age, as well as for keeping the brain nimble. Read more →

The researcher's 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, Read more →

For many, music from certain eras can bring back memories of better times. For others, music soothes anxiety or gets them pumped up for a workout. When it comes to people living with dementia, music can help in all of those ways, but it can also help cognition. Read more →

We are giving an unknown person access to not only our property but to the safety of our loved one who may need care while we are not able to supervise. Choosing the right person or company should be done methodically, and education can help you ask the right questions. Read more →

The fact that someone is over 65, and perhaps has arthritis and controlled high blood pressure, does not make this person cognitively unstable. Dementia doesn’t necessarily step in even after – gasp! – age 70. Read more →

If we were proactive, we’ve already discussed the choices for living arrangements our loved ones would have made for themselves under differing circumstances, Read more →

Aging can bring unique joys, but for many, it also brings the loss of physical and, for some, cognitive abilities that they feel once defined them. These losses can usually be absorbed if the elders stay connected to the greater community in some way and/or they enjoy engrossing hobbies. But many become isolated Read more →

... If she has a car problem, someone must have "broken it.”  I try to ease her mind by joking about her suspicions but I can tell that in her heart she believes her perceptions. I don’t see other signs of dementia. What could it be? – GC Read more →