Category: Alzheimer’s

The Importance of Planning Ahead After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

If you have begun to notice that a loved one is showing the signs of being afflicted by Alzheimer’s or another type of cognitive dementia, you need to consult with an estate planning attorney as soon as possible. One of the most important elements of planning ahead with Alzheimer’s has to do with time, whether[...]

A Pill to Slow Alzheimer’s? Experts Are Cautiously Optimistic.

Alzheimer’s has been with us for quite some time now, but while medical science makes great strides in the battles against cancer and HIV, progress on the dementia front has been relatively slow. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="670" class="zemanta-img"] Various pills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and options for treatments[...]

For Beating Dementia, It’s Nature Over Nurture — Or Is It?

We all get old, but only some of us lose our memories along the way. Among the elderly, some have an incredibly strong grip on the past, while others struggle with forgetfulness or even severe memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. View image | gettyimages.com Why the discrepancy? What separates those with strong memories from[...]

Sweet Tooth Linked to Alzheimer’s, Dementia

A growing body of scientific evidence is illuminating ways in which we might all be able to prevent Alzheimer’s — even if we’re predisposed toward dementia. Until now, most of those efforts have focused on physical activity and mental strengthening. Now there’s a whole new frontier in the battle against Alzheimer’s, but this particular vice might[...]

Julianne Moore’s Oscar Sustains Awareness for Dementia Care

Alzheimer’s disease is an unlikely topic for Oscar buzz, but it nevertheless dominated red-carpet chatter this year, as Julianne Moore was an early favorite to win the Best Actress award for Still Alice. Alice is a devastatingly affecting film about a woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Moore was universally praised for her unshakeable performance[...]

Dancing and Sudoku: Could Getting Old Really Be That Simple?

With or without dementia, old age is accompanied by a decline in memory and cognitive function. That’s been an unassailable fact since the dawn of time. But it might not be fact anymore. A growing body of research demonstrates that while mental decline may not be entirely preventable, it is increasingly possible to substantially stave[...]

Paying for Alzheimer’s: Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care

Few diagnoses are more devastating than Alzheimer’s, both in terms of its health toll and its extraordinary financial imposition on families. Paying for long-term care isn’t easy, especially if you or your parents haven’t already been saving for years. Even well in advance, finding the extra money to set aside for a long-term care fund[...]

How Strokes Could Unlock the Cure for Dementia

Stroke and dementia are fears we all face, especially in older age. The thought of encountering both in a lifetime is unsettling to say the least. And yet a new report finds that the combo is more common than we ever realized. [caption id="attachment_1373" align="alignright" width="300"] (Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org)[/caption] There are nearly 8 million new[...]

Caregivers of the Future

When A.I. was released, the movie was met with generally favorable reviews. I liked it, but the movie seemed to be two different films in one. The middle part was an adventure story about a robot seeking to be a human and all the struggles that a future Pinocchio might face. The beginning and the end[...]

Who Cares for the Caregiver?

I have many meetings with families that are caring for a family member with some form of dementia. While I normally collect this information ahead of time, I can spot those families without any warning from the moment I walk into the room. These are the families that look completely exhausted. That probably sounds a[...]