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Back when our loved ones were younger and healthier, many of us promised in good faith that we would never put them in a nursing home. Doing so would be unthinkable—like abandoning them in their time of need. So, we naively pledge... Read more →


"She took my sweater!" Victoria says. "I saw her. She stole it! That woman took the sweater my mother made for me!" But did someone actually steal Victoria's sweater, or is dementia stealing her mind? Victoria... Read more →


The entire family finds itself in a quandary. Regardless of whether the parents have been living in the same town for 50 years or they relocated within the last decade, it’s safe to say that they have put down roots. They have formed close relationships with their neighbors and doctors. Many seniors join local organizations ... Read more →


They’ve hopefully designated powers of attorney for both health care and finances, drawn up a will, and finalized any other legal documents and financial plans. It’s best if all siblings are aware of these preparations and all agree with what they entail. This is important because taking care of aging parents... Read more →


If you are like most family caregivers, you probably made a promise to your parent(s) years ago that you would never place them in a long-term care facility. You assured them that you would be the one to see to their care no matter what... Read more →


Most seniors, like the rest of the population, don't abuse alcohol. They've gone through their adult lives with an occasional social drink or a glass of wine with dinner. However, life events can cause a senior extra stress... Read more →


As the years went by, however, I slowly began to notice a change in terminology in the clinic and hospital settings. When I accompanied my loved ones to medical appointments, the dreaded “caretaker” was gradually overtaken by “caregiver"... Read more →


Once establishing some level of comfort, try to find out what is behind this lack of personal hygiene, with the intent of helping, not blaming. You might try these steps: Read more →


This is because her brain has left her unable to process information correctly, therefore her reality is most likely going to be different than your reality. For this reason, telling her that her incontinence pad is leaking and she needs to change will likely... Read more →


Dear EP: I’m deeply sorry about your mom’s death and your dad’s dementia, as well. That’s a lot to handle in a couple of years. It’s true that contradicting or arguing with someone who has dementia is counterproductive so give yourself points... Read more →