Senior conditions and diagnoses

Screen time could be the drug-free mood-booster every person with dementia needs

Anyone who has cared for a senior with dementia and its accompanying negative moods — from confusion to anger, sadness to apathy — has probably wished they could flick a magic wand and turn that mood around, STAT. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy and Generation Connect... more

How to Help a Parent Who Has Cancer

Start by being a great note-taker to capture doctors' plans and creating a support system for both you and your ill loved one. Nothing is worse than hearing that someone you love has cancer. It's even harder when it's your parent. As children, we typically see our parents as... more

Hospital visitation rights: 3 things you should know

If you’ve ever spent time in a hospital, you know that visitors can be a welcome—and sometimes essential—part of the healing process. But wondering and worrying about who might be able to see you and when can add a significant amount of stress. Brush up on your hospital visitation rights here... more

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s: 3 tips for family caregivers

When you find yourself taking care of a parent, sibling or a spouse who has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can seem as if your world has turned upside down. The mom who used to drive you to dance class and give you advice on taking out your first mortgage... more

How to know when it's time for a nursing home

Many caregivers and families make a huge effort to keep their loved one at home for as long as possible. But there may come a time when the scales tip and a nursing home is the best choice. It’s one of the hardest decisions to make about a loved one’s care, and... more

6 common dementia behaviors and how to manage them

When someone is diagnosed with dementia, he typically begins to exhibit common dementia behaviors. You may first notice that your loved one sometimes forgets words or loses things, but still mostly seems like himself. Dementia, an umbrella term that encompasses Alzheimer’s disease, refers to a decline in memory and mental... more

Alzheimer’s and dementia: The wandering problem

Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will wander away from their care settings, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Disorientation begins in the early stages of dementia, causing people to get lost. They may not remember their name or address, and can easily become disoriented in their own neighborhood. As the... more

What’s the difference between delirium and dementia?

When interning at a nursing home, I encountered a patient who was complaining that her medication was causing hallucinations.  But since that was not a publicized side effect of her medication, the medical staff thought that the hallucinations were caused by dementia or psychosis. Upon performing a deeper dive into the... more