What is Lewy Body Dementia

What is Lewy Body Dementia

Many families who consult our practice are surprised to find that there are many kinds of dementia. It’s not just Alzheimer’s disease that can cause cognitive decline. One of the most confounding types of dementia is called “Lewy body...
Connected Horse: Sparking Joy in those with Dementia

Connected Horse: Sparking Joy in those with Dementia

As a geriatrician doing house calls and specializing in working through difficult situations, one of my core messages to families is that people with dementia can still have meaningful lives. Dementia can be challenging and frustrating, but it does not mean the end of...
Mom Needs Help. Mom Won’t Accept Help. What To Do.

Mom Needs Help. Mom Won’t Accept Help. What To Do.

I cannot count the number of times I have heard some version of this story: “My Mom is losing it. She’s lost $20,000 to various scammers who call her pretending to be collecting for charities. She’s not paying her bills. She’s always been tidy,...
Preventing Dementia, the Basics

Preventing Dementia, the Basics

The good news: We’re living longer. The bad news: By the time we’re in our 80s, about half of us will have some form of dementia. For most people, dementia is one of our greatest fears as we face old age.  If you listen to the salesmen, there’s a...
Early Dementia: Balancing Independence and Safety

Early Dementia: Balancing Independence and Safety

In many ways, the beginnings and early stages of dementia can be among the most challenging. Your loved one may not recognize subtle changes in his cognition. You may not be sure exactly when to step in, or how to help.  My goal for every family is to preserve the...
Horses Helping Seniors

Horses Helping Seniors

It’s well known that horses offer therapeutic benefits. New research is showing how they can help people with dementia and their caregivers. Thinking back, Gloria Passarella estimates her husband, Rich, has been in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s for about 10...