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Why Do People With Alzheimer’s Disease Wander?

— In the U.S. and around the world, the population is aging, and that means an increase in people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory loss. Geriatricians say that over half of these seniors are at risk of becoming lost. It seems that every week we come across a news article about a... Read More

Improving Couples Communication When One Partner Has Dementia

— In time for Valentine’s Day, here’s an update on some important research. Today more than 35 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many live at home, while others live in a memory care community or other supported living environment. No matter where a person with Alzheimer’s lives, they likely receive... Read More

As Memory Fades, Emotions Live On

— If you have a friend or loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition, you might wonder whether the things you do with them have any benefit. “I took Mom out to lunch, and she doesn’t even remember,” sighed one daughter. But here’s some research that confirms what most caregivers sense: people with Alzheimer’s... Read More

When Is It Time to Give Up the Keys?

— Dad has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. He insists that it’s still perfectly safe for him to drive—but is it? This conversation has led to some tense moments as the family discuss the best way to care for Dad as the disease progresses. Some of the common changes of aging can make driving unsafe.... Read More

10 Things to Know About Your Aging Parents

— By Trish Colucci, RN-BC, CCM – Aging Life Care Association™ Member Caring for aging parents is never easy, but being prepared for the most common problems and knowing where to go for help, can prove invaluable. So many issues crop up in the aging process: health issues, safety issues, and memory issues to name just... Read More

Can Alternative Health Practices Treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

— Many people, particularly older individuals, worry about forgetfulness and whether it is the first sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, forgetfulness has many causes. It can also be a normal part of aging, or related to various treatable health issues or to emotional problems, such as stress, anxiety or depression. Although no treatment... Read More

Communicating When Your Valentine Has Alzheimer’s Disease

— Valentine’s Day is the traditional occasion when spouses and other couples express their devotion and affection to one another. Most couples find it a meaningful day to take a little extra time to tell how much they mean to each other. Yet this Valentine’s Day, millions of couples will find themselves expressing their devotion and... Read More

Understanding the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease

— While many people think of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as primarily affecting person’s memory and thinking, family who are providing care for these loved ones quickly realize that one of the greatest challenges is the behavior changes that can occur as the disease progresses. It’s difficult, for instance, to not take a... Read More

“Mom, You Forgot to Pay the Gas Bill…”

— An expert says a decline in financial management skills might be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, and family may need to step in. What’s the most challenging topic to discuss with older loved ones? Family caregivers often name end-of-life wishes, driving safety and incontinence as tough-to-talk-about subjects—but according to many experts, money management is... Read More

Dementia: Receiving Right Diagnosis

— Sometimes adult children notice sudden changes in behavior or confusion among their aging parents.  Naturally, the first thought may be a question of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  Rather than second-guessing and accepting the sudden change as a normal part of aging, schedule a visit with a health care provider and explore all the possibilities. For... Read More