Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Memory Care: Demand will Rise

We’ve all heard of the “silver tsunami.” And we should know that the number of boomers who will be diagnosed with memory impairment will continue to rise each year. The question remains who will care for this growing population who will no longer be able to care for themselves? Unfortunately, it will be a problem.Continue reading “Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Memory Care: Demand will Rise”

Making Choices for a Parent with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

Assisting an older parent with making decisions is complicated when you know Mom or Dad has dementia. At what point do you intervene and begin to make decisions for her or him? My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers, “Making the choices for a parent with dementia requires support,” offers some advice for those facingContinue reading “Making Choices for a Parent with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia”

Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Intimacy

I was intrigued by two articles in the news recently about intimacy and sexual relations between older adults with cognitive impairment. Both articles broach a subject that not many want to address, but an important one that does require attention for those of us caring for people with dementia. Both authored by Bryan Gruley forContinue reading “Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Intimacy”

Education and Support Benefit both Individuals with Dementia and their Families

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013 was recently held in Boston. While much of the research presented includes studies of very early clinical trial results, the meeting has included some very practical and useful information for family and professional caregivers to help now. A very nice article posted on the Dementia Today blog summarized recentContinue reading “Education and Support Benefit both Individuals with Dementia and their Families”

What’s an Adult Child to Do? My Parent Refuses Help!

My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers addresses the difficult task of navigating between what assistance a parent needs versus what assistance a parent wants. In “Helping a parent who refuses your assistance,” we offer a perspective on the difficult balance of what a child may know is best for their parent’s health and safety,Continue reading “What’s an Adult Child to Do? My Parent Refuses Help!”

Leadership is the Key to Successful Staff

A great deal of (negative) press recently regarding senior living and long-term care, and most involves the question of whether staff is trained, knowledgeable, and capable of caring for changing levels of care. This is of greater importance when addressing the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss. In essence, leadership isContinue reading “Leadership is the Key to Successful Staff”

Presentations for Alzheimer’s Foundation of America This Week

If you will be in New York this week, plan to attend the Five Boroughs Concepts in Care Conference on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis-Times Square. I will be conducting 2 sessions regarding hospitalizations and other adverse events, and the potential dangers of Alzheimer’s behaviors. These sessionsContinue reading “Presentations for Alzheimer’s Foundation of America This Week”

Presenting at the June Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Meeting in NY

I am looking forward to presenting 2 sessions at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s Five Boroughs Concepts in Care Conference on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis-Times Square. AFA is presenting a free, care-focused educational conference for family and professional caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The freeContinue reading “Presenting at the June Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Meeting in NY”

The Conversation: Talking to Aging Parents

My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers addresses the difficult task of talking to aging parents about what happens if they become ill, have a life-threatening event, or become physically or mentally incapacitated. We often avoid addressing our concerns, holding onto the hope that a parent’s situation will simply work itself out. This is rarelyContinue reading “The Conversation: Talking to Aging Parents”

Be Prepared to Assist with Finances for a Parent with Dementia

Preparing to assume responsibility for a parent’s finances can be a tricky situation. Research shows executive function is often the first sign of memory loss, evidenced by difficulty with simple calculations, maintaining account balances, and paying bills. Eventually a parent with dementia will no longer be capable of any financial responsibilities. Unfortunately, most families ofContinue reading “Be Prepared to Assist with Finances for a Parent with Dementia”