“Mom fell and is in the hospital” or “Dad got lost driving home from the store”; these are common events that few are prepared for. Often the family has no idea what to do. While people commonly plan for retirement, pre-pay their funeral and prepare a will or trust and powers of attorney for health care and finance, they fail to address their long-term care needs if they should experience health related issues that impacts their independence. According to a recent article from the Kaiser Health News (“A Playbook for Managing Problems In The Last Chapter Of Your Life”), a new approach is being developed by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University to help seniors plan for the last chapter of their life – roughly beginning at age 75 – when health problems become more common. Their website, www.planyourlifespan.org is designed to help older adults plan for predictable problems commonly experienced in the last chapter of their life. Let’s hope this approach compels seniors to think these issues and take action so their long term care wishes aren’t just wishes, but rather are actual plans.
According to a recent USA Today article (“Extra virgin olive oil staves off Alzheimer’s, preserves memory, new study shows”), researchers at Temple University’s Katz School of Medicine have shown that extra virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Studying two groups of mice […]
A non-invasive eye scan may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms occur. Neuroscience investigators at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California were able to detect toxic proteins in the retina – located in the back of the eye – which are indicative of Alzheimer’s. Cedars-Sinai called the finding “a major advancement” in identifying […]
America has a shortage of home care workers that will only get worse over time as our population ages. Here is an interesting article from Forbes that offers a potential solution: