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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

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

The 3 stages of Alzheimer’s: How the disease progresses

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t progress at a predictable rate. For some people, the symptoms will develop slowly over more than a decade, while for others, the disease can seem to worsen rapidly in just a few years. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with Alzheimer’s live eight to 10 years after diagnosis on... 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

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

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

How to talk about end-of-life care with your doctor

Eighty percent of people say that if they were struggling with a serious illness, they would want to speak with their physician about end-of-life care. Yet only 7 percent end up doing so, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. As a result, more than half of people who lose a loved one... 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