CDC: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia cases to double by 2060

The number of people projected to have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in the United States is expected to double by 2060, a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. In 2014, there were 5 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The CDC estimates by 2060, that number will grow […]

Apologizing After Caregiver Stress Causes a Blowup

Caregiving is a stressful job even during the best of times. The sheer amount of responsibility is enough to make the most stoic person falter, but there are also a number of diverse personalities at play. Your care recipient may be grouchy or demanding or your spouse may resent the time you devote to caregiving […]

Five Common Triggers for Wandering

Dan’s wife of 65 years is home…the only problem is, she doesn’t know it. “A daily request is for me to take her ‘home,’” Dan said, “in spite of the fact she is home and surrounded by her familiar home décor. She cannot say where home really is and my attempts for her to describe […]

Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Taking Too Many Medications Can Be Risky

Polypharmacy occurs when a patient takes too many medications for their own good. It is most common among seniors and individuals with multiple medical issues. Because older people metabolize drugs differently, the combined effects of numerous medications can be especially harmful. Being on too many medications can lead to potentially dangerous drug interactions and exposure to many […]

How to Discuss Unsafe Driving with a Senior

In the 29 years that I handled personal injury lawsuits, most of them were car accidents. I represented injured people hundreds of times. In cases where a victim had been hit by an older driver who should never have been behind the wheel in the first place, I always wondered why no one had addressed […]

How to Use a Miller Trust for Medicaid Eligibility

A senior’s income and assets must fall below certain levels to qualify for Medicaid coverage of their stay in a skilled nursing facility. If their countable assets exceed $2,000, they will not qualify until the excess is spent down or converted to an asset that is not countable. For income, the 2018 federal limit for […]

Check Your Mail: Changes to the 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment Period Mailings

It’s time a year again! Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period (OEP) is almost here, starting October 15th and ending December 7th. If you’re already enrolled in a Medicare plan this is the time of year where you can re-evaluateyour coverage to make sure you are still enrolled in the best plan for your needs. Over the next few weeks, leading […]

8 Odd Assisted Living Rules to Be Aware Of

The world of elder care is fraught with countless rules, regulations and guidelines. It’s enough to make even an experienced caregiver’s head spin. The myriad of complex laws that apply to the different levels of senior housing often makes an already difficult decision even more challenging. There are federal guidelines in place for long-term care […]

Stages of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages — mild (early stage), moderate (middle stage), and severe (late stage). Since Alzheimer’s affects people in different ways, each person will experience symptoms – or progress through Alzheimer’s stages – differently. Overview of disease progression The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease worsen over time, although the rate at […]

Sepsis: What You Need to Know

Sepsis is one of those conditions that few people in the general public know much about, yet, more than 250,000 of the more than one million cases in the US each year result in death. Of those cases, seniors — people over the age of 65 — make up almost 70 percent. Typically, sepsis is […]