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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Each September, the Alzheimer’s Disease International releases a report of the status of Alzheimer’s Disease throughout the world. This year, their report was entitled “The Global Impact of Dementia.” In it, they document the global prevalence, incidence, cost and...

Tips for Working with Caregiving Aides

David Troxel, the well-known author of the “Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care,” and an Alzheimer’s caregiver himself, tells a story of how he taught his mother’s caregiving aides how to prepare afternoon tea. This article first appeared at BrightFocus.org and...

Update to the Medicare “Observation Status” Problem

Several months ago, in September 2013 specifically, I wrote about the issue of being under “observation status” when in the hospital.  A problem occurs when a hospital deems a patient “under observation.”  Such a status means just that.  What...

Weather Wise – Keeping Seniors Safe During Winter’s Extremes

It’s early January and we’ve just been through a spell of extreme winter weather.  During the week of the Polar Vortex, there were 21 cold related deaths reported in the U.S.  Some were related to shoveling snow, and some were homeless people who chose not...