Lisa Genova’s TED Talk – Alzheimer’s Resistant Brain

By |2018-10-14T18:03:55+00:00October 14th, 2018|Senior Care|

Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, gave a TED talk early last year in Vancouver. Her remarks began with: Let’s project out into the future, to your future “yous,” and let’s imagine that we’re all 85. Now, everyone look at [the person beside you]. One of you probably has Alzheimer’s disease. [Laughter] Alright… [...]

VA Changes Aid & Attendance Benefit

By |2018-10-14T17:39:01+00:00October 1st, 2018|Senior Care|

Starting Oct. 18, the VA will review not just current assets, but records from the previous three years when deciding a veteran’s asset-based eligibility for VA Pension benefits -- commonly called Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits. However, transfers of assets completed before Oct. 18 will not be counted against veterans or their surviving spouses. A&A [...]

10 Financial Resources for Seniors

By |2018-09-18T13:59:45+00:00September 18th, 2018|Senior Care|

Life after retirement is great. You have so much more time at your disposal than you ever did during all your working years. All that stuff you wanted to do but never had the energy for after a long day of work is finally within reach. The obvious downside is, of course, that you won’t [...]

Solving the Alzheimer’s Puzzle, Too Many Interests, and Depression

By |2018-10-14T18:03:56+00:00September 12th, 2018|Senior Care|

This collection of curated article excerpts includes insights about depression and its evil twin, acedia; the CHANGE Act; the herpes virus and Alzheimer’s revisited; the good-bad leukotriene; and too many interests. Jack of all trades, Master of None? NOT! Read about polymaths and the seven advantages to being one. How can polymaths accelerate progress in [...]

Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia – Special Challenges

By |2018-10-14T18:03:56+00:00September 7th, 2018|Senior Care|

In the U.S. today there are more than one million people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. PD is a progressive movement disorder that affects the central nervous system. Its causes are unknown, and while physicians can manage some symptoms of the disease, there is no known cure. Primarily individuals [...]

Helping Your Loved One Age in Place Comfortably

By |2018-10-14T18:03:56+00:00September 5th, 2018|Senior Care|

“I know that my mom is still here today because we have been able to help her get the round-the-clock care she needs and live in the comfort of her home.” – Robert L., caregiver As a frequent panelist at Fearless Caregiver Conferences, we have lively and sometimes emotional conversations with our audience who has [...]

8 best stretches if you’re 50+

By |2018-08-14T12:21:16+00:00August 14th, 2018|Senior Care|

If you’re not someone who stretches every day, maybe it’s time to change your ways. “The older we get the more likely we are to be tight and have our muscles pull onto our skeletal structure and throw us out of whack,” says fitness trainer Joel Harper, author of the newly released book Mind Your [...]

The Sting of Shingles Vaccine, Treatments Reduce Risks

By |2018-10-14T18:03:57+00:00August 8th, 2018|Senior Care|

If you’ve ever had chickenpox, you may be at risk for a painful disease called shingles as you grow older. Shingles is a sometimes-agonizing skin rash and nerve disease that’s caused by a virus. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent shingles or ease its serious effects. Shingles usually affects adults after age 50, although [...]

Many Americans With Dementia Don’t Know They Have It: Study

By |2018-08-08T00:38:24+00:00August 7th, 2018|Senior Care|

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many older Americans with dementia don't know they have the disease, a new study indicates. A review of data from 585 Medicare recipients with probable dementia found nearly 6 out of 10 were either undiagnosed or unaware of their diagnosis. Those who had less than a high school [...]

Memory – It Changes Over the Years

By |2018-07-23T18:50:41+00:00July 10th, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better|

Twenty-two years ago, I devoured anything I could learn about the brain. I tried to understand what was happening to my father’s mind / brain as he lived with Alzheimer’s. I remain fascinated by the brain. We’re learning so much about the computer in our head – far more than my initial ill-fated introduction to [...]