Advanced Dementia Patients Given Drugs with Doubtful Benefit

When most of us have an illness, we tend to ask the doctor to prescribe a medication we’ve taken before. They will usually comply if we’ve had good results before and we wouldn’t continue to take a ...

 
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Advance Directive and Peaceful Death for Dementia Patients

Planning and making end-of-life decisions is one of the most difficult challenges seniors and their loved ones face. Having an advance directive in place that clearly spells out an individual’s preferences at death, however, can make the process less ...

 
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Actor Seth Rogen Advocates for Alzheimer’s at Senate Hearing

It’s not unusual for Hollywood celebrities to do special appearances or charity events to raise money for major diseases or natural disasters. But to see comedic actor Seth Rogen testifying about Alzheimer’s disease before a Senate committee was ...

 
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How Alzheimer’s Affects Legal Decisions

Alzheimer’s complicates nearly every aspect of life, for the individual and for his/her concerned family and friends. One of the most difficult pieces of that puzzle is incapacity, or what happens when the dementia has advanced to a ...

 
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When You Need More Help: Alzheimer’s Care Options

When you care for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia at home -- either theirs or yours -- a time when you need more help will almost surely come. Though you may not know when, be prepared by knowing your ...

 
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Dementia and Sex in Senior Living

As we age, our sexual appetite may change, but it does not vanish. A 2007 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine makes it clear: 53 percent of seniors ages 65 to 74 and 26 percent of seniors ages 75 to 85 reported being sexually ...

 
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The Future of Memory Care

Brookdale Senior Living’s national Director of Dementia Care & Programs explains how memory care is provided today -- and what to expect for the future -- in terms of food. In the July/August issue of Senior Living Executive ...

 
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A Cure for Dementia?

In all the talk about ways to ward off dementia (e.g., playing an instrument, reading and writing), is it possible that we could find a cure for the diseases that cause memory loss? While it may seem like too ...

 
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“Old Henry”: A New Series About Aging

It’s not easy growing old in a society that values youth – even if you’re a famous actor. So says “The Waltons’” Ralph Waite, who is currently starring in “Old Henry,” an original short form limited series created and ...

 
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The Need for Total Alzheimer’s Care Communities

In the future, will we see more senior communities devoted entirely to dementia care? A reader’s comment on a recent post about a Wisconsin senior housing project raised the question: “It is especially interesting that one whole facility will ...

 
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