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.
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said that “there are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” Currently an estimated 40 million people providing care to an adult family member or other loved one. […]
In her new book, “Old & Sick in America: The Journey Through the Health Care System” Dr. Murial Gillick addresses many of the common struggles older patients can have with our health care system. These can include being seen briefly in a hospital by a physician you’ve never met before, who isn’t familiar with your […]
Protecting assets from nursing home expenses is an issue that I am frequently asked about. Sometimes it may arise after a heart attack, stroke or other concern. Other times it may arise after a loved one moves into an assisted living facility or nursing home due to Alzheimer’s. Whatever the motivation, it is topic that […]