Here’s how to get respite care, and sometimes get help paying for it
“Respite care” can be a little difficult to understand. The words don’t make it clear who is being helped. The “care” goes to the person who needs it due to illness or disability. The “respite” — a
Certain diseases are often mistaken for others. Know the differences.
It’s no mystery that time and medical conditions may accelerate changes in our bodies as we age. Eventually, some of those changes might make it more difficult to distinguish between certain conditions and the
As an older adult, you have skills that can help — and your brain will thank you
By Bill Ward for Next Avenue
Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not.
Turns out that while our brains might not be as quick or deft as in those halcyon days of youth, all that hard-earned
We need to hear well before the voice is silenced by the disease
By Mike Good for Next Avenue
(Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series examining and interpreting a commonly used “bill of rights” for dementia patients.)
People with Alzheimer’s or other dementia are an invaluable part of our society. Millions of them are brilliant,
What your doctor may not know, but you should
By Leslie Kernisan, MD for Next Avenue
Want to stay mentally sharp for as long as possible?
I certainly do, and I’m guessing you do, too: an AARP survey found that 87 percent of respondents reported being very concerned about this issue.
And in April, a highly influential nonprofit released
Mind’s Eye Poetry workshops prove creativity persists despite cognitive decline
By Molly Middleton Meyer for Next Avenue
When I’m asked the proverbial question, “What do you do for a living?” my response is always met with an awkward silence and then the inevitable, “Oh.” Writing poetry with people who are living with dementia is an unusual occupation.