A Change in Your Sense of Humor Could Mean Dementia

The things that make you laugh may have caused plenty of arguments about which movie to see at the theater over the years, but they’ve never been of much clinical interest to doctors… until now. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a new study conducted by University College London and published in the Journal of… Read More »

Married with No Estate Plan But Too Busy to Make One?

Fact: 64% of Americans do not have a will. Fact: 1/3 of America’s married couples are without life insurance. Fact: Even among those couples that do have life insurance, 43% still say they would be in financial trouble if one of the spouses passed away. This month, NerdWallet and USA Today are teaming up with… Read More »

November Is National Family Caregivers Month

Every November, the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) gives a formal, month-long salute to elder care’s unsung heroes: the unpaid, volunteer, in-home family caregiver. They call it National Family Caregivers Month. More than 90 million Americans currently provide some sort of unpaid care to a loved one dealing with disability, disease, chronic illness, or simply the… Read More »

One Woman Learns She’ll Live Longer and Responds Hilariously

I wanted to share an article I found that adopts rather a humorous perspective on old age, written by a woman who mirthfully admits she’s knocking on that door herself. Columnist Betty Coutant reflects on a recent revelation in which she learned that, even at the age of 60, she should prepare herself to live… Read More »

Can Banks Help You Care for Aging Parents?

Did you know that the fastest-growing group in the United States is seniors aged 85 and older? Or that in the next two to three decades, America will have more than 75 million people who are 60 or older? Those statistics appear in an intriguing new article in Barron’s, which makes a claim you might… Read More »

Cancer Medication May Improve Parkinson’s, Dementia

Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia all share certain key traits. Now, it seems, we might add leukemia to that list too. NPR reports that nilotinib, a medication long used to treat leukemia, may confer significant health benefits for seniors diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or Lewy body dementia as well. Lewy body… Read More »

How End-of-Life Discussions Can Save Your Life

Amy Berman is a nurse and a nationally recognized expert in senior care. She’s also a cancer patient with Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer. In a recent Washington Post editorial, she explains that advance planning and end-of-life discussions have saved her life, even as she faces a terminal prognosis. For Berman, that began with a… Read More »

Old Age Is Never an Identical Experience

The New Yorker calls them “the oldest old” — people aged 85 and above. It isn’t exactly a flattering term, but it makes the columnist’s point: most people younger than that age have a hard time grasping what it could possibly be like to be that old. Popular media relies on two stereotypes: the cantankerous… Read More »

When Family Matters Are Messy, an Attorney Can Help

Family issues can be so tricky. The Chicago Tribune recently ran a story about an elderly father with a much younger girlfriend. He’s handed over a large portion of his assets to his new love, much to the chagrin of his now-grown children. They say the girlfriend is out for their dad’s money. She says… Read More »

More People with Mental Illness Are Reaching Old Age

Sadly, it has long been the case that people with severe mental illness — especially schizophrenia and similar conditions — tend to die at much younger ages than those who are not suffering from mental illness. But now that’s starting to change. View image | gettyimages.com The University of Iowa’s Center on Aging reports that more and… Read More »