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A More Senior-Friendly Police Force

— Beth’s father is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth is usually careful that he doesn’t leave the house alone, but one night she forgot to lock the door, and in the morning, Dad was gone. Should she call the police? Before she could decide, the police called her. Although Dad had quit smoking 20 years before,... Read More

Hosting the Holidays When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

— Whether your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or other winter holidays, you are probably making plans right now for the festivities. If you are caring for a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of memory loss, some advance preparation can help things go smoothly. Before the visit If you are the family... Read More

Do Your Brain a Favor & Defeat Social Isolation

— Much recent research has shed light on what’s been called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. We know that loneliness is a health problem—experts have called it “as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.” In particular,... Read More

Studies Confirm Sensory Loss Raises Risk of Dementia

— Vision problems, hearing loss, and a diminished sense of touch, taste and smell all become more common as we grow older. And so do Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Is there a connection? Scientists have long suspected that there is, and recent studies are helping to explain it. In September 2019, University of... Read More

The Seven Biggest Benefits for Music to Older Adults

— Every human culture has a musical tradition. Why do we love music? If you think about it, isn’t it remarkable that among all the many noises in the world, we perceive certain tones, patterns and intervals as “music”? Brain scientists continue to study this uniquely human mystery, and now they are even using advanced imaging... Read More

Why Many Avoid the Conversation About Alzheimer’s Disease

— University of Michigan experts recently released a study titled “Thinking About Brain Health,” in which they polled people in their 50s and early 60s about their thoughts about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. They found that people worry about memory loss a lot. Almost 50% of the people polled believed that they themselves were likely to... Read More

Meeting the Needs of LGBT Seniors With Dementia

— This month, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This recognition takes place in June to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, an event that is symbolic of the ongoing battle for LGBT rights. This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event, many members of that... Read More

When a Loved One With Dementia Is Hospitalized

— Today, almost six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many also have other health conditions which, like Alzheimer’s, become more common as we grow older, such as heart, lung or kidney disease. These seniors are likely to go to the emergency room or spend the night in... Read More

Legal Issues Related With Alzheimer’s Disease

— In the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a senior and their family may be in denial, chalking up memory lapses and personality changes to “just getting older.” A recent study from Johns Hopkins Medicine revealed that over half of people with dementia have never been diagnosed, or told about their diagnosis! But we shouldn’t bury... Read More

Supporting Dementia Caregivers

— It seems fitting that during November, we’ve been observing both Family Caregivers Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Millions of caregivers support the well-being of senior relatives. And caregivers whose loved ones are living with dementia carry an especially heavy load. The University of Michigan and the AARP recently conducted a study of people who... Read More
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