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...With that in mind, here's a brief report for readers on some of the more common reasons that young adults may live with incontinence. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but I think that people can get the message. Read more →


If we slip up, we are shamed. Fast forward a few decades. The reality is that a significant number of adults will see some degree of incontinence in their future. Read more →


Dementia of any kind makes nearly every aspect of self-care and caregiving by others much harder to manage. Your mother's fortunate to have you in her corner. Some of these devices that collect urine can be helpful... Read more →


Dear Scared: This must be not only distressing for you but as your signature tells us, scary. I’m so sorry that you’re going through such a hard time. Your Dad's behavior change could stem from any number of things... Read more →


..."My parents came and they were told everything. My mom was kind of supportive, but my stepdad was mean saying stuff like, “Oh, so he's a baby and can't hold nothing. I’m not buying him diapers.” Read more →


No matter where we live, I hope that adult children will be alert to signs of loneliness in their elderly loved ones while respecting their independence as much as possible. Being alone and being lonely aren't at all the same, so knowledge of the elder's personality is necessary when care choices are considered. Read more →


There are many different kinds of dementia. My dad's condition resulted from surgery, while Mom's developed more subtly—the type they used to call "senile dementia." Now it is called "organic brain disease." Whatever the type, Alzheimer's disease, vascular... Read more →


Dear ML: Your mom is basically healthy, and you get along well, so I’m happy for you. Both of these are significant blessings. I hope that her health holds out for a long time. Read more →


The NIH is not saying that you should stop taking these medications if you are on one, but their information does suggest that you may want to discuss this risk with your doctor. Perhaps there is a better choice for you. Read more →


Dear Mom's Helper: Dementia of any kind makes nearly every aspect of self-care and caregiving by others much harder to manage. Your mother's fortunate to have you in her corner. Some of these devices that collect urine can be helpful, as seems to be the case with your dad, but yes, there is the upkeep that is necessary for health and safety. Read more →