Caregiving for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Workplace

Caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease affects employees in all organizations – husbands, wives, daughters and sons, and their families. While speaking with a business owner recently, he shared a story that I am hearing more often in recent years. He was frustrated because he was unable to reach two separate, high earnersContinue reading “Caregiving for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease Affects the Workplace”

Clients with Dementia? Financial Advisors Must Prepare in Advance

We have written in prior blogs about how clients with dementia will increase, and the need for financial advisors to prepare in advance. Financial advisors often have a long standing relationship with their client and may be the first to notice changes or have concerns about financial decisions the client is making. A recent articleContinue reading “Clients with Dementia? Financial Advisors Must Prepare in Advance”

The Difficult Balance of Hope and Disappointment in Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease

Two issues in the news this week caught my attention, both related to treatments hoped to ease the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. These stories shine a light on the delicate balance of those willing to try anything – and those, such as the FDA, who must weigh safety and professional standards. This week we receivedContinue reading “The Difficult Balance of Hope and Disappointment in Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease”

Readmission Penalties, Long-Term Care, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Hospitals are focusing on decreasing readmissions that occur within 30 days, and the resulting, increasing penalties to be incurred in the future. Not surprisingly, the readmission conversation now includes skilled nursing facilities – facilities where up to 80% of their residents have memory impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Hospital are – or should – beContinue reading “Readmission Penalties, Long-Term Care, and Alzheimer’s Disease”

ACE Units Beneficial to Those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

“If ACE Units Are So Great, Why Aren’t They Everywhere?” for HealthLeaders Media is a terrific article by Cheryl Clark. The article clearly outlines why ACE units are beneficial for the geriatric population. Considering that 1 in 8 over 65 have dementia, as do up to 50% of those over 85, ACE units would beContinue reading “ACE Units Beneficial to Those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia”

The Financial Burden of Dementia

By now, many of you have heard that the financial burden of dementia is similar to that of cancer and heart disease. Have you read the article from the New England Journal of Medicine? “Monetary Costs of Dementia in the United States” is worth reading, and reviews costs such as out-of-pocket spending, Medicare, formal andContinue reading “The Financial Burden of Dementia”

The Challenge of Aging Boomers & Alzheimer’s Disease

The statistics may vary but are overwhelming nonetheless. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people are turning 65 every day and this growth will continue for the next 18 years. The article, “Baby Boomers Turn 65: the 4 Key Questions,” addresses a few areas of the economy that will be impacted. A Pew Research study in 2009Continue reading “The Challenge of Aging Boomers & Alzheimer’s Disease”

Should Financial Advisors Be Concerned About Dementia?

Indeed they should! At least 84% of financial advisors believe they have clients with Alzheimer’s and dementia in their client base, and 96% of financial advisors indicated that they were not prepared to deal with it (Harris, 2009). As the “Alzheimer’s tsunami” grows, so too will the number of clients with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitiveContinue reading “Should Financial Advisors Be Concerned About Dementia?”

Why Exercise Is Important As We Age

Susan’s latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers addresses the importance of exercising, particularly as we age.  The column, entitled “Spring into action with easy exercise program,” describes various ways older adults can incorporate exercise into the daily routine. The article addresses four categories of physical activity: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility, and why each areContinue reading “Why Exercise Is Important As We Age”

Making the Most of an Appointment with Physician

Susan’s latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers addresses the importance of communication with the primary care physician. The column, entitled “Talk with doctor is so vital,” recommends steps to take to make the most of your visits, as well as helpful suggestions if you are a caregiver for an older adult. As with any relationship,Continue reading “Making the Most of an Appointment with Physician”