Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Is Crucial for Effective Planning and Treatment

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month—an important opportunity to shed light on a condition that is often misperceived as untreatable. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but dementia from Alzheimer’s continues to be underdiagnosed and underreported. In fact, according to a U.S. survey conducted by the […]

Partnerships Pave the Road to Effective Alzheimer’s Drug Treatment

Advancements in treatment for heart disease, stroke and cancer can be traced back to the use of imaging technologies that enable doctors and researchers to visualize the impact and progression of these diseases inside the body. Just a decade ago, we had no way of seeing or measuring the hallmark amyloid brain plaques of Alzheimer’s […]

Capgras Syndrome: How to Cope with a Loved One’s Delusions

Capgras Syndrome: How to Cope with a Loved One’s Delusions Capgras is a type of delusional misidentification syndrome (DMS) that may present due to any number of neurological diseases or psychiatric disorders. Although the exact prevalence of this disorder is unknown, a 1999 study estimates that it is present in between two and 30 percent […]

Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia Related to Dementia

Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia Related to Dementia According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the major psychiatric symptoms of middle stage Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia include hallucinations, delusions and paranoia. About 40 percent of dementia patients experience delusions, while hallucinations occur in about 25 percent of cases. When a senior is experiencing […]

Ask your doctor the right questions about your Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Just Diagnosed Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is never easy — it’s life changing. It is normal to experience a range of emotions. Acknowledging your feelings can be an empowering first step in coping with the challenges ahead. Emotions you may have You noticed symptoms. You made a doctor’s appointment. You took tests. And you […]

Your Complete Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment

What is Open Enrollment? The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is an annual period of time (October 15 through December 7) when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluatepart of their Medicare coverage (their Medicare Advantage and/or Part D plan) and compare it against all the other plans on the market. After re-evaluating, if you find a plan that is a better […]

Satisfy a Senior’s Sweet Tooth in a Healthy Way

Although providing an elder with a balanced, nourishing diet is not too difficult, getting your loved one to actually eat the healthy foods you serve can be a real challenge. As people age, their appetites often diminish. Problems with teeth or swallowing, medications, pain, and the inability to taste and enjoy certain flavors are only […]

4 Tricks for a Happy Halloween with an Elderly Loved One

Halloween is a holiday that people of all ages look forward to each year. Costumes, candy, haunted houses and festive parties set this occasion apart from all the others, but how do you help an elder celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in a safe, fun and healthy way? Use these tricks and treats to include your […]

Little-Known Winter Dangers For Elders

Falls, and hypothermia are likely to top the list of caregiver concerns during the icy winter months. But, elderly loved ones are also at risk for some lesser known, but still impactful, hazards brought on by frigid weather.  Seasonal affective disorder and vitamin D deficiency can be hazardous to a senior’s health. The good new […]