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February 28, 2020

My husband and I sat and listened to the couple fight.

“I don’t have Alzheimer’s. That doctor’s a whack!” Jay* said.

“Yes, you do. Just like your mother.” Lana’s reply was terse.

“My mother never had Alzheimer’s. That’s a lie you like to tell.”

And on and on it went.

Did yo...

October 22, 2019

Once an enjoyable holiday for your elderly loved one, Halloween can now be a stressful experience for them as they age. While they may have thoroughly enjoyed handing out candy to the neighborhood kids in years past, the sights and sounds of trick-or-treat night can be...

August 7, 2019

“Give me some real food! If I don’t get a sandwich soon I’m going to be a goner,” my father-in-law, Rodger, demanded. Dysphagia had taken away his ability to swallow properly. He was frustrated and angry and taking it out on me. “I’m going to tell the doctor. You wait...

July 9, 2019

In the past four months, my husband and I have witnessed two falls which resulted in elderly women hitting their faces on the sidewalk. Rather than being able to break the falls with their hands, both women's faces bore the brunt of it. And in both cases, it was a bloo...

July 1, 2019

At 104, Betty still lives in her own home. But that's only possible because Betty has a few companions and direct care workers who assist her niece in caring for her. Betty and her dog spend part of their days alone in her home, surrounded by familiar and well-loved fu...

April 5, 2019

Did you know that approximately 6 million seniors in the US have difficulty swallowing? As people age, their throat and mouth muscles tend to weakening, often resulting in a condition called dysphagia. Dysphagia can be caused by dementia, diseases such as cancer, Parki...