Cost of Dementia Care Can Be an Overwhelming Financial Drain

We often write about the staggering cost of long-term care. However, there is a subcategory of this type of care that can be particularly expensive for families: dementia care. A recent study examined this important topic and found that the cost of dementia care often eats up much of a person’s monthly income and quickly [...]

By |2024-02-26T14:49:21-05:00February 27th, 2024|

Can Pets Slow Cognitive Decline Among Soloagers?

There is mounting evidence that people who are lonely or socially isolated may suffer a variety of negative health consequences. But with our nation’s growing number of “soloagers” — people who, by choice or circumstance, are aging alone — one of the most concerning findings is the correlation between social isolation and a 50% increase [...]

By |2024-01-15T18:36:46-05:00January 16th, 2024|

The Emotional and Financial Cost of Dementia and Memory Care

In last week’s blog post, we shared how a home care provider’s assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) can help older people remain in their home and independent for as long as possible. But we also shared that the cost of an in-home care provider is not typically covered by Medicare; it must be [...]

By |2023-10-02T18:04:02-04:00October 3rd, 2023|

Better Approaches to Memory Care Assisted Living

A memory care assisted living community is designed to meet the unique safety and care needs of the ever-growing demographic of seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. These specialized memory care retirement communities are increasing in number across the country, and around the world. But many of these communities aren’t the [...]

By |2023-11-24T00:18:33-05:00July 18th, 2023|

What is Memory Care and What Are the Odds I Might Need It?

According to data from the Alzheimer’s Association, there are approximately 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older who currently are living with Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common type of dementia. A large majority of Alzheimer's patients are 75 years old or older (72 percent), and almost two out of three Alzheimer’s patients are [...]

By |2024-03-21T10:42:27-04:00January 25th, 2022|

Special Considerations Surround Unpaid Dementia Caregiving

Taking on the role of unpaid family caregiver can be difficult even under the best of circumstances. But caring for a loved one who suffers from dementia can present a unique set of challenges. In addition to the burnout and stress faced by many caregivers, dementia caregiving is rife with unpredictability, safety concerns, behavior issues, [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:51:28-04:00June 22nd, 2021|

Alternative Therapies Being Explored to Ease Dementia Symptoms

(Photo credit: snoezelen.info) Dementia, an over-arching term for memory loss and other cognitive issues that interfere with daily life, is a growing problem in the United States. From 2000 to 2017, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease (the most prevalent form of dementia) have increased by 145 percent, according to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:36-04:00February 3rd, 2020|

How the Scents of Childhood Can Benefit Alzheimer’s Patients

On May 21, I'm scheduled to speak at River’s Edge, New York City's first and only life plan community (also known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC). River’s Edge is an innovative community being developed by a not-for-profit organization called RiverSpring Health, which also operates several other senior living and senior healthcare properties [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:42:26-04:00April 22nd, 2019|

Game On: Can Brain Games Improve Your Memory?

There are a number of so-called “brain game” products on the market these days. These typically are computer or smartphone/tablet-based games that claim they can help improve seniors’ cognitive function and memory. But do they really work? Could playing video games be the secret to decreasing the prevalence of neuro-degenerative conditions like dementia? And what [...]

By |2023-08-04T19:53:08-04:00February 18th, 2019|

Contrasting Approaches to Planning for Long-Term Care Needs

In last week’s post, I highlighted a recent article that discussed the advice that caregivers of a family member who has Alzheimer’s disease would share with others who are newly embarking on this labor of love. Much of the advice centered around the emotional and financial challenges that caregiving can present and the need to [...]

By |2023-08-04T20:09:38-04:00December 3rd, 2018|
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