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...As you throw yourself into each of your roles, you’ll likely need to start trimming your obligations since even the most determined person has yet to find a way to add hours to a day. Read more →

...The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is an excellent resource for issues around senior driving and convincing those with dementia to give up their car keys. Their list includes: Read more →

...Most of us have daily/weekly/monthly routines we carry out with and for our loved ones. Regularly evaluating and updating these routines can have a huge impact on the amount of time and effort Read more →

...There was no struggle to remember the past or determine what to do in the future. According to the article, most of the participants leave the theater with a refreshed feeling of accomplishment. Read more →

...“For a patient to be admitted to a program using a diagnosis of dementia, Medicare requires that we are more specific than typical hospice requirements involving a six-month life expectancy,” says Fields Lawler. Most programs use Read more →

...For example, while someone who is aging in a typical manner may make an occasional error in balancing a checkbook, someone developing Alzheimer's may begin to do so regularly. If the person was once good with numbers, that's an even greater sign that abnormal changes in the brain are taking place. Read more →

Dear KD: This is a good question, and like so many other caregiving questions, not one with a clear answer. The idea is to avoid medications whenever possible, but that doesn’t mean they should never... Read more →

...While poor vision, impaired balance, and other health issues may hamper your loved one’s pursuit of an old hobby, everyone needs to have a sense of accomplishment. If your aging parent wants to do something potentially risky, offer ideas for increased safety, but avoid being overly protective... Read more →

...The researchers 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, so they still aren't sure in all cases which came first - loneliness or dementia. Read more →

Dear HS: I’m deeply sorry about everything you and your family have endured. As much as I’d love to say differently, yours is a story told by many families. Once it’s determined that no more can  Read more →