The Subtle Symptoms of Parkinson's

What do Michael J. Fox and Mohammad Ali have in common?  They are the face of Parkinson’s disease throughout the world.  Although Michael J. Fox and Mohammad Ali have highly visible tremors, there are many more symptoms they may share. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative…

Think Safety

When I think of safety at an assisted living or in a nursing home, I think of handrails and sprinkler systems. I rarely think about identity theft. Burglary definitely does not come to mind. However, there have been reports of burglaries at several assisted living…

"Breaking out of Bedlam"

Its that time of year when every parent scratches their head trying to come up with an inventive gift for a teacher, violin instructor or a basketball coach.  While desperately perusing the aisles at my local bookseller,   I came across  Leslie Larson’s novel, “Breaking…

To old to travel?

As our population continues to age,  more and more companies are providing services to seniors who have medical issues or memory issues and still wish to travel.   There are two basic concepts: Flying Companion Services: For a fee, companies will escort a senior loved…

Two Days to Go...

The deadline for open enrollment is December 7, 2011.  What does this mean?  You have two more days to make any changes to your Medicare RX, Supplemental or Advantage plans. EACH YEAR, THERE ARE NEW HEALTH PLAN AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE CHOICES. You should review…

How is your B12 level?

Did you know that low levels of vitamin B12 can mimic dementia? A recent article in the New York Times magazine had an in depth discussion of this reality.  A B12 deficiency can creep up without warning and can cause symptoms such as anemia, muscle…

Lewy Body Dementia

As many of you know, I sit on the board of directors of the Lewy Body Dementia Association.  Lewy Body Dementia is often  misdiagnosed, but is the second most common form of dementia.  My LBDA board colleague, Angela Taylor, has been through this devastating disease…