Our brain’s functional capacity is amazing, yet it’s often taken for granted until it begins to crumble. Scientist don’t fully understand dementia or Alzheimer’s – the most common type of dementia – or what causes it. The main risk factor is age – the older you are the greater your chance of developing Alzheimer’s. Your genetic make-up can also increase your risk. Of course, you can’t control your genes and getting older is unavoidable., so what can you do? In a recent Los Angeles Times article (“When the memory flickers out”), a trial of more than 2500 older adults at risk for dementia demonstrated how a tailored diet, exercise program, brain training and close monitoring for risk factors like vascular disease can improve cognitive functioning. So get busy – eat well and exercise – it may just save your brain.
I’m often asked if I specialize in elder law. Not only do I answer “yes”, I typically try to explain the reason for my answer. While there are many attorneys who claim to be elder law attorneys, certainly not all specialize in it. I believe an attorney who claims to specialize in elder law should […]
Alzheimer’s is a devastating chronic neurodegenerative disease. The progressive mental deterioration associated with Alzheimer’s impacts basic bodily functions such as walking and swallowing and eventually leads to death. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s can be a challenge due to the lack of a specific test to identify it and also because many other diseases have similar symptoms including […]
A recent Kaiser Health News article (“Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How To Choose”) offers some helpful advice on choosing between a traditional Medicare plan and a Medicare Advantage plan. While Medicare Advantage plans are required to provide the same benefits offered through traditional Medicare, few people understand the differences. According to the article, some of […]