Dementia’s Impact on Estate Planning

Dementia is becoming a critical issue for many people across the United States as they look ahead to plan for their aging parents and even consider their own incapacitation in the future. It is never easy to come to terms with a dementia diagnosis, but the legal issues that can surround a loved one when… Read More »

Estate Planning for the Spouse of Someone with Dementia

Struggling with a dementia diagnosis in your family is an overwhelming situation that can lead many people to feel frustrated and confused. Identifying the right estate planning lawyer to assist you with this process is strongly recommended because there are many complicated issues involved when it comes to a dementia patient. Frequently, the caretaker spouse… Read More »

The Arts Can Promote Healthy Aging

The  arts are improving the bodies and the minds of the elderly all over the country. A documentary two years ago called “Alive Inside” showed how music can help the most vulnerable old folks, particularly those with dementia. A man who would not speak was given an IPod and he came back to life, talking,… Read More »

Rates of Dementia Going Down

There’s a little bit of good news for people at high risk for certain kinds of dementia. It may be possible to delay it or even prevent it. Researchers found falling rates of vascular dementia in people who also happened to improve their heart health. The story on nbcnews.com cited a study in the New… Read More »

Anxiety Drugs Don’t Raise Risk of Dementia

There’s been a lot of concern lately about whether anxiety and insomnia drugs called benzodiazepines, including Xanax, could contribute to dementia. Now, a study says there is no link. Such drugs are widely used by seniors. Earlier studies have associated benzodiazepine use in seniors with increased risk of dementia. But a story on medicalnewstoday.com cites… Read More »

Program Helps Dementia Sufferers

A national program aimed at helping those suffering from dementia will roll out this year in a number of locations. The initiative, Dementia Friendly America, was touted by the White House at this summer’s Conference on Aging. Nineteen regions have committed local resources with the goal of supporting the 5.3 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s,… Read More »

Preventing Dementia

There may be things you can do to prevent dementia. View image | gettyimages.com An article on spring.org.uk lists a few simple things that you can do that improve reasoning, problem solving and mental processing speed – and may ultimately prevent dementia. The article cites a study from Finland that says healthy eating, brain training,… Read More »

Taking on Dementia

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the cost and prevalence of dementia will double by 2040. At staggering cost, how do families deal with this devastating disease? And how do they know if the wishes of their loved one should be honored? Below are some proactive and remedial steps families… Read More »

Help for Alzheimer’s At Home

Across the country, 70 percent of those with Alzheimer’s live at home, and are cared for by their family members. This is often a struggle. As Cathi Slade, who cares for her father with Alzheimer’s explains, “It’s exhausting dealing with someone that has dementia . . . because you have behaviors like they ask the… Read More »

Everyone Needs an Incapacity Plan

Globally, the single largest cause of disability is dementia. The second largest cause, stroke, can also have a devastating impact on a person’s judgment and decision-making capabilities. Therefore, as a recent article discusses, it is imperative for everyone to include an incapacity plan as part of his or her estate plan. When it comes to… Read More »