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Financial and Legal Planning for Caregivers

Medicaid and Medicare Putting financial and legal plans in place now allows the person with dementia to express wishes for future care and decisions. It also allows time to work through the complex issues involved in long-term care. Medicaid: Medicaid pays for medical care for people with very low income and asset levels, and long-term care for p...

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Early Detection is Key

Be on the Lookout for These 12 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Are you getting concerned about your elderly parent’s forgetfulness? Does something seem off with their behavior? Recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s can be tough. It’s hard to know if what you’re seeing is dementia or if it’s just normal aging. Looking back, I know now ...

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Best Gifts for those with Alzheimer’s Dementia

Best Gifts for those with Alzheimer’s dementia This article was written a couple years ago, but it is always in-demand this time of year. So I’ve spruced it up a little and here we have our favorite Holiday List. There are many gifts that make a person with Alzheimer’s dementia smile. But the Best gifts for those with Alzheimer’s deme...

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My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory, How does that happen?

When my mom came to live with me, I changed her primary care physician to my own personal doctor. His office was near-by and I was already familiar with the office staff. Shortly afterwards, I phoned for an appointment so Dr. Smith could meet Mom and assess her stage of Alzheimer’s. Not wanting to speak about Mom’s symptoms in front of her dur...

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Memory-Loss can stop the Internal Clock

The Internal Clock: When we can’t remember what happened in the past, we lose a “sense of time” or any expectation for the future. Even if the future is only a few minutes away. A “sense of time” is formed by multiple memories which create an “internal clock “that tells us when it’s time to get up, go to work, have lunch or go to ...

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Does the Person with dementia Invent Memories or just lie?

One issue with the person who has Alzheimer’s or Dementia is that they look so good. By looking at them, you would never know they have a problem. They don’t look sick . They don’t have a cold, or runny nose, or high fever. They look so normal that we’re totally surprised by their odd behavior and story-telling and have to wonder if it’s ...

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30 Songs I’m singing with Older Adults in Music Therapy

Here’s a little-known fact: when I set out to become a music therapist, I had no intention of working with children. My heart was with older adults, after witnessing the power of music with my grandma, who had Alzheimer’s disease. My first practicum experience in a nursing home during graduate school only further solidified my plans. But as I ...

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My Mom Fooled the Doctor about her Memory, How does that happen?

When my mom came to live with me, I changed her primary care physician to my own personal doctor. His office was near-by and I was already familiar with the office staff. Shortly afterwards, I phoned for an appointment so Dr. Smith could meet Mom and assess her stage of Alzheimer’s. Not wanting to speak about Mom’s symptoms in front of her d...

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Empathy not Sympathy by Peter Kinderman

In a wonderful recent piece, a response to our collective lack of compassion in the face of the migrant crisis, author and activist Owen Jones wrote: “Almost all human beings have the capacity for empathy. Everyone has the potential to be at least troubled, or feel genuine anguish, about the suffering of other human beings.” “We recognize th...

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3 Things to Know about Alzheimer’s and a Power of Attorney

Many caregivers of parents or senior loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease do not understand the importance of living wills and powers of attorney until it’s too late. What You Need to Know about Alzheimer’s and a Power of Attorney Learn more from Attorney Brad Sauer about how and when to execute these legal documents in a timely manner. 1. ...

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