Dementia is one of the most devastating conditions affecting seniors, resulting in an eventual loss of cognitive functions. While there is no cure for dementia or the two leading diseases that cause dementia, Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia, there are treatments that can slow the effects and help make life more manageable. In order for… Read more
If you or a family is facing a diagnosis of Alzheimer\’s or dementia, the most important step to take is to start immediately for planning. Don\’t wait until the disease takes it\’s toll. If you wait, you will lose valuable years of planning time. Moreover the person with Alzheimer\’s may lose the capacity to sign documents important to protect himself or herself, family members and retirement savings.
Plus, as a caregiver, you\’ll find help here for dealing with some of the difficult Alzheimer\’s behaviors. And on the toughest days, remember that you\’re not alone and help is available. You can find some of that help here, and there are other resources to locate help in or near your community.
What should you do when you’re worried about a parent or spouse who is is declining health, with either memory or mobility issues. Maybe you’ve become more worried due to some recently made bad decisions, or because he or she can’t keep up with finances. Here are some answers from our elder law and estate planning expert… Read more
Communicating with a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be like trying to have a conversation with someone speaking another language: you both want to talk, but there’s this barrier preventing real understanding. Don’t give up! Good communication can decrease and even prevent many behavioral problems, and it makes life a little less frustrating. Here is… Read more
Over time people who have dementia lose their ability to manage their own financial affairs. Usually the first signs are difficulties counting change, calculating a tip, or understanding the bank statement. You might start noticing new purchases on credit cards and unpaid and unopened bills lying around the house. This can be an early sign… Read more
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can impair a person to the point of not being safe to drive. As Parkinson’s progresses, it can get more difficult to react quickly and to think of several things at once. Some people get blurry vision or begin seeing double. Drug therapy also may cause sleepiness, mental impairment, or even hallucinations… Read more
Many Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients face a future when they can no longer make their own decisions. Proper planning allows you to name a family member or trusted friend to have the legal authority to carry out your wishes if you can no longer make or communicate your own wishes. But if you don’t grant… Read more
Having a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease raises many questions. What types of treatment and care are best? How do you deal with constant worry over what will happen next? How can you take care of your loved one who has Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s while taking care of yourself? Can your loved one… Read more
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are two very serious and all-too-common types of debilitating diseases that slowly rob a person of their physical and mental abilities. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with one of these conditions, it is important to begin planning immediately. Don’t wait until the disease takes its toll. You will… Read more
Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease. Sometimes called “The Long Goodbye,”, it can turn your life upside down for years. It robs your loved one of their memory . It can rob you of your peace of mind. But there is hope. Although there is no current cure for the disease, you can learn how to… Read more
You already know that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is hard. As a caregiver, you’re facing challenges that you never expected. As your loved one can no longer remember how to do simple tasks that once were taken for granted, you’re wondering what’s next. Now getting through the day is an obstacle course… Read more