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My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My siblings created chaos in her life. Should I help my mom change her will?

My mother created a trust and a will in 2013, creating the distribution of equal shares of her substantial estate among myself and my three siblings upon her death. Her estate includes financial accounts and several properties.

Two years ago, in 2019, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Since that time, it’s been chaos dealing […]

When Dementia-Related Psychosis Isn’t Treated

Seeing, hearing, and believing things that aren’t real can be a part of dementia. Psychosis is the name for these symptoms.

Psychosis affects almost everyone with dementia at one time or another. It can be even more troubling than memory loss to both the person with dementia and their caregiver.

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Many are warry of new dementia treatment drug

The excitement of a new drug, the first in nearly 20 years, to slow dementia was approved by government health officials this week. But many are skeptical that it will work to slow the brain-destroying disease.

“There is more effectiveness in the drug if you’re diagnosed early,” said Debbie Selsavage, president of Citrus County based […]

Meditation has benefits in cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s

Meditation has emerged as an efficacious practice which improves attention, awareness and psychological health, say researchers.

Researchers from the Shri Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, have shown that supervised mindfulness meditation benefits patients with mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease in terms of memory and orientation language and visual-spatial perception.

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New Transparency in Doctor-Caregiver Communication

Imagine Zack, a 73-year-old husband who regularly accompanies his wife, Sue, to her neurology and primary care appointments for her dementia care. In the snug confines of the medical exam rooms, he notes that the doctors, nurses and medical assistants who rush in and out rarely make eye contact with them. Instead, they stare fixedly […]

The High Cost Of Caregiving: Millions Of Texans Spend Over $7,000 A Year Helping Aging Loved Ones

With Baby Boomers getting older, a growing number of Texans are taking on roles as caregivers for aging relatives.

They’re taking parents to doctor’s appointments, making sure an aunt’s house gets cleaned and even doing medical tasks for a spouse.

This unpaid labor can be rewarding, but also physically and emotionally exhausting. It can also […]

‘Keeping Love Alive’ co-authors discuss coping with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most terrifying diagnoses a person can receive. It also takes a tremendous toll on the partners and children of those suffering from the unrelenting march of this incurable disease. Gary Chapman and Dr. Edward Shaw, co-authors of Keeping Love Alive As Memories Fade: The 5 Love Languages and the […]

Coping With Dementia: Communicating with a person with dementia

Try to use statements rather than questions. People with dementia first lose their short-term memory, and even the simplest question that puts their memory to the test can seem confrontational. Instead of “What did you have for breakfast?” try saying “I bet you had a nice breakfast.”

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Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act would help those who help others

Today, more than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. We need aid to support the emotionally, physically and financially draining role of being a caregiver. Thankfully, the bipartisan Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Act (S.56/H.R. 1474) would provide much needed relief for our nation’s dementia caregivers.

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‘Living with dementia takes its toll’ – Survey launched to ask public to share experiences of living with dementia

A Hucknall woman has shared her experience of dementia to encourage others to share their own and help shape the future of dementia care in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG and ICS is working with patients, carers, health and care professionals to shape the future service provision for the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Dementia […]