dementia in the elderly

A Call for Greater Dementia Awareness

A Call for Greater Dementia Awareness

 We don’t have to duplicate Britain’s National Health Service and their 'Health and Well-Being Boards', but elders would be so much better served in the U.S.  if we could work toward earlier screening and coordinated care for dementia patients.

Denial and the Patient: “It’s not intentional. It’s brain damage.”

Denial and the Patient: “It’s not intentional. It’s brain damage.”

Every time you feel at the end of your rope. Every time you feel hurt, or out of patience, whisper this to yourself: “It’s not intentional, it’s brain damage.”

Denial and the Family

Denial and the Family

Adult children and other family members often struggle to accept that an elder has dementia. Sometimes they believe that the elder is doing things 'on purpose'. Sharing experiences and listening to others' experiences can help understand the disease and the behaviors and realize that it is the 'disease' that is causing the behaviors.

Hey Doc, I Just Heard About This New Miracle Pill/Supplement/Treatment…

Hey Doc, I Just Heard About This New Miracle Pill/Supplement/Treatment…

There really isn't a 'miracle cure' for dementia. Not yet. Will a supplement help? Probably not. Exercise, good nutrition and an active and happy life may make even more of an impact.

Always Check the Meds First

Is it 'dementia' or is it medications? Some medications, even over-the-counter medications, can affect elders adversely, and sometimes create agitation, confusion and memory loss. What to watch out for?