Category Archives: Dementia

We All Age Differently

Presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s recent comments about her parents — suggesting that all people decline cognitively as they age — got my attention. It’s simply not true and it made me angry. However, as someone prone to action rather than anger (!), I decided to write today’s newsletter, both to combat age-shaming, as well as to… Read on…

Ready for Help at Home

I’ve been working with Joan for two years now, coaching her as she provides care to her spouse, Jeff, following a diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia. With this condition, language ability progressively declines. Eventually, changes in memory, attention, judgment, behavior, and personality may also occur.  Recently, Joan said she was ready for some assistance at home,… Read on…

You Can Always Say No

In certain industries, we are naturally suspicious about the incentives a salesperson might have to “sell” a product. Car dealers and insurance salespeople come to mind. In healthcare, by contrast, we assume that recommendations being made by providers are in our best interest and we seldom question them. Instead, we passively agree to whatever plan of care,… Read on…

A Life Well Lived

I was introduced to Rosalie in April 2009 as she was about to embark on her first total knee replacement. Her children recognized that living alone and scheduling a major orthopedic procedure at the age of 86 required forethought and outside support. In April 2022, Rosalie passed. Over our 13 years together, we managed… Read on…

Planning for Alternative Living Arrangements

As we age, at some point in our lives, we may experience a downward progression; it could be physical, cognitive, or some combination. And while each individual’s experience will vary, there are some consistent patterns. For some of us, the change in type and degree of care required will also require a transition to an… Read on…