Challenges

Is It a Memory Lapse or Is It Dementia?

Is It a Memory Lapse or Is It Dementia?

There are a wide range of conditions that mimic the symptoms of dementia, ranging from the side effects of medication to substance abuse to a buildup of fluid in the brain. It may take a series of examinations and tests to identify the underlying cause of symptoms. But the first step is for the patient or family members to recognize when professional help is needed. 

Bladder Infections in Elders: What to Know

Bladder Infections in Elders: What to Know

With my elders with dementia, it is often not so straightforward.  Sometimes the symptom is that the person more is more agitated, aggressive or more lethargic. The person with dementia may not feel well, but not be able to communicate their symptoms.  This is serious.

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?