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Category Archives: Aging Parents

Denial All Around: Many Avoiding the Conversation About Alzheimer’s Disease

University of Michigan experts recently released a study titled “Thinking About Brain Health,” in which they polled people in their 50s and early 60s about their thoughts about dementia. They found that people worry about memory loss a lot. Almost 50% of the people polled believed that they themselves were likely to develop serious memory… Continue Reading

Study Urges Doctors to Consider “Symptom Burden” in Older Patients

Larry went to the doctor because his knee pain was worsening. The doctor ordered x-rays and increased Larry’s dose of anti-inflammatory medication. Larry never mentioned to the doctor that he had been feeling depressed lately, and that he’d been having trouble sleeping … yet both of those things can increase sensations of pain. And in… Continue Reading

When a Loved One Hoards

Many of us get the spring cleaning impulse this time of year. Out go old possessions that don’t “spark joy,” as organizing guru Marie Kondo would say. But for some people, asking if an item “sparks joy” is futile—because they are tied emotionally to all their possessions, even items others would consider useless. For people… Continue Reading