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...
Undiagnosed dementia puts elders at risk

Undiagnosed dementia puts elders at risk

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people worldwide are living with dementia, a number that is expected to more than triple by 2050. A diagnosis of dementia is frightening and overwhelming for those who have it and for...