Doesn’t everyone deserve quality care as they age?

Doesn’t everyone deserve quality care as they age?

I am definitely getting to an age where I have a lot of data points to look at. Life has provided many twists and turns, and not infrequently, I find myself asking, "How did I get here"?

I have been pretty fortunate with what my path has yielded. A healthy family, a wonderful partner and husband, and the good fortune to wake up every morning filled with gratitude - even if everything is not exactly going my way.

But I also think about how my experiences have shaped me, and there is no question that observing caregiving at a very young age has had a strong impact on me.

I was about 10 years old, and my mom had just passed her 40th birthday. My dad - my hero - handsome, strong, accomplished and always on the go, was not right. Something was just not right.

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Is it Forgetfulness or Alzheimer's Disease?

Is it Forgetfulness or Alzheimer's Disease?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, 15.9 million Americans provide more than 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care for family and friends with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Given this staggering statistic, we believe it is important to differentiate between memory lapses which are a normal part of aging and those that are cause for more concern.

Dementia is the name we give to the range of symptoms related to memory loss and decline in cognitive skills that affect a person’s ability to function. Many cases of dementia are due to Alzheimer’s disease, but there are other conditions that can contribute. And no matter the cause, getting a proper diagnosis offers the benefits of early treatment.

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