A Cure for Alzheimer’s?

August 28, 2017

Common knowledge is that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.  The only thing that produces any results are improved lifestyle choices, like diet and exercise.  Now, a leading researcher has take a big step in formalizing our understanding of this phenomenon. Dale Bredesen, MD, is an internationally recognized expert in aging and neurodegenerative diseases.  He […]

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Being a Friend to Someone with Dementia

August 11, 2017

  Those with dementia can become isolated if friends and family withdraw from their lives. Some people feel discomfort in not knowing how to be with their loved one in his/her new (and constantly changing) circumstance. Maintaining a long-term friendship is one of the best ways to help your friend. Your friendship will change, but […]

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How to Avoid Caregiver Fatigue

August 8, 2017

Caring for your loved one can be a tender, rewarding experience. At times, it can also become overwhelming. It’s easy to forget about your own needs, putting you at serious risk of burnout. Caregiver Fatigue, also known as Caregiver Burnout, is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion.   Caregivers who are “burned out” may […]

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Arrest Rates for Elder Americans Are On the Rise

July 27, 2017

In the 1986 comedy, Tough Guys, ex-cons Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, well into their 60’s after serving years in prison for train robbery, decide to rob one again.  For most older Americans, however, whose paths are crossing with law enforcement, the interaction is far from deliberate. In the decade ending in 2012 (the last […]

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Top Scams Affecting Senior Citizens

July 22, 2017

One of the hottest growth industries is also illegal and deeply immoral: scams targeting seniors.   People who engage in these activities typically do so from overseas where they face no penalty, nor risk of imprisonment. Here are three of the most common scams targeting elders. The Grandparent Scam You get a call from somebody claiming […]

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The Five Wishes – Important Decisions You Should Make about Your End of Life

July 6, 2017

As we get older and cannot care for ourselves, it’s important to think about how we want our life to end. The Five Wishes constitute a living will that sets forth your personal, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as your medical wishes. A living will lets your loved ones know how to make decisions […]

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Do I Need Long Term Care Insurance?

June 22, 2017

Like all insurance, you may never need it, but when you do, you’re glad that you made the investment. Long-term care insurance is one way to pay for the cost of nursing homes and in-home caregivers. It was initially introduced as nursing home insurance but now covers the cost of other facilities and caregivers at […]

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Where Do I Turn? The Orange County Department on Aging is A Safe Bet

June 12, 2017

With any new challenge or project, the hardest thing is getting started. If you have an aging loved one that you are starting to worry about, a good place to start is the Orange County Department on Aging (OCDOA) (http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/aging/) is the place to start. The OCDOA is an incredible resource where seniors and caregivers […]

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Should Dad Be Driving?

June 4, 2017

It’s a question most of us inevitably ask. If we are fortunate, dad accepts that he should no longer be at the wheel. More commonly, it’s a struggle. Driving provides such independence. It’s a big step for anyone to let it go. Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean that we slow down, but we do need […]

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My Mom Has Dementia. Will I Have It, Too?

May 27, 2017

One of the most disquieting things a child can experience is seeing a parent decline with dementia. The only thing that might be even more troubling is the fear that you might also get it. Is this hereditary? As a general rule, if a parent has dementia, it means that you also will have a […]

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