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Is It Safe for My Loved One With Dementia to Own a Gun?

— The debate over guns has heated up during the past few years. But one thing most everyone on the firearm ownership opinion spectrum agrees about is that sometimes it is unsafe for an individual with mental illness to have access to guns. What about older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia? Researchers from the... Read More

Reducing Caregiver Stress When a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

— Each year in November, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America sponsors Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. November is also National Family Caregivers Month—so appropriate, because people who are providing care for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition face many challenges, and they deserve our support. The workload of these family caregivers... Read More

On the Road Again: Traveling with a Loved One who has Dementia

— By: Janet Jackson-McCulloch  With the holidays just around the corner, millions of Americans will hit the road to visit family and friends. It’s an opportunity to meet new grandchildren, see extended family, or simply be a tourist. But if you’re thinking about traveling with a loved one who has dementia, how do you begin to... Read More

October is Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month

— Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a degenerative disease caused by abnormal protein deposits in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, cause changes in brain chemicals that can affect thinking, movement, behavior, and emotions. Although LBD it is not as well-known as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, it is not a rare disorder. It affects... Read More

Reasons to Show Your Older Brain Some Love

— If we live long enough, we’ll notice changes in our memory and thinking. Or maybe our spouse or another family member will be the ones to point out these changes. In any case, it’s important to be aware of changes that might mean something is amiss, and which should be reported to the doctor, such... Read More

June 2020 Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Health Awareness Month

— Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) sponsors this event to remind us of steps we can take to protect our memory and to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. This year, following basic brain care advice might be a bit more challenging! But this is no time to neglect our... Read More

Helping a Loved One With Dementia Manage Their Money

— Family Caregivers Have New Concerns of Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s When a senior is living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, family members often worry about their loved one’s safety. Will Dad go to bed, forgetting the tea kettle is boiling on the stove? Will Mom get lost? Will Uncle Chuck keep trying to... Read More

Brain Health: What Really Works?

— Polls show that when it comes to brain health and healthy aging, worrying about memory loss is a top concern of Americans. A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation found that nearly half of middle-age residents of the U.S. think they’re at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease... Read More

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
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