dementia

Trump Gets Perfect Score On Dementia Testing, Too Bad It's Not The Right Test

Trump Gets Perfect Score On Dementia Testing, Too Bad It's Not The Right Test

"I am happy that our president got a perfect score of 30 out of 30 on his cognitive screen, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, a tool commonly used to identify mild cognitive impairment. Passing this test means less than most people think. At all levels of our society, I find that the popular understanding of decision-making “capacity” is not nearly adequate for the silver tsunami of elders in the pipeline. MoCA, and other tests used to judge capacity, only roughly approximate an elder’s fitness to manage his or her life. These tests often fail to catch the nuances that can mean the difference between an elder getting the care they need rather than being swindled out of their life savings.
 

What Was Behind Those Befuddling McCain Questions?

What Was Behind Those Befuddling McCain Questions?

Last month, during Senate hearings questioning former FBI Director James Comey, Sen. John McCain pursued an odd line of questioning: If they had come to a conclusion in the Clinton investigation, why hadn’t they done the same in the Trump investigation?

The Wild, Wild West of Medication

The Wild, Wild West of Medication

Medications can be like the Wild, Wild West in dementia. Too many medications, too many side effects, too little focus on treating pain. What to do?

I Know You Love Me, Now Let Me Die

I Know You Love Me, Now Let Me Die

What is better for the end of life, being at home with family or in the hospital with all the life saving equipment and technology available?