Cognitive Issues

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship and Conservatorship

By Miles Hurley | July 13, 2021

“Guardianship” and “Conservatorship” …. We’ve all heard these terms but what do they really mean? What is the difference between these words? How, and why would you seek them for a loved one? Are they court proceedings; or can an attorney draw up the legal documents? Unfortunately, many people don’t learn the answers to these…

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Traveling as an older adult

Traveling as an older adult

By Miles Hurley | June 22, 2021

Summer is here, and the travel and hospitality industries are reporting record numbers of vacation reservations. Many families are reuniting after time apart and traveling together to vacation destinations to spend quality time together and have some fun. There are several things to consider when traveling as an older adult. Even if you are only traveling…

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Increasing Social Interaction for Seniors and Offsetting Cognitive Decline During COVID-19

By Miles Hurley | August 19, 2020

Professionals who work with seniors have long realized that social isolation leads to cognitive decline. Widespread awareness of this significant healthcare issue has increased due to COVID-19.  Our clients are noticing it with their loved ones, and here at Hurley Elder Care Law, we are noticing it with our own families. What are the options…

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Complete Estate Planning: Advance Directives for People with Dementia

By Miles Hurley | February 13, 2020

In November of last year, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece by an ER doctor titled “Doctors are torturing dementia patients at the end of their life”.  Read the article here The doctor’s experience and perspective are not unusual. As Jane Brody of the New York Times summarized “Advanced dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the…

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Alzheimer’s Diagnosis? First Things First

By Hurley Elder Care Law | April 23, 2018

Your mom got the dreaded diagnosis! What do you do first? Start by contacting your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; ask for guidance and use their printed information. Locate a geriatric care manager, doctors specializing in dementia, adult day care services and respite care services. Eventually you will want to investigate memory care facilities…

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Name Confusion-Normal or Dementia?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | September 15, 2017

  Do you ever get confused and call Bill’s room John’s? Sometimes, our memories get all mixed up, especially in homes we have lived in for a long time and children have switched rooms. Do you say: “Susie, I mean Mary, I mean Joanie, dinner is ready.” “Oh, what’s your name?” Don’t be concerned, this…

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Toolkit for Diagnosis of Dementia

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 31, 2017

Primary-care doctors have a free online toolkit to aid them in detection and diagnosis of cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Developed by the Gerontological Society of America, the toolkit model is named KAER, a four-step method. Step one is KICKSTART, an introduction about memory loss to patients and families. Step two is ASSESS, in…

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Worried About Memory Loss?

By Hurley Elder Care Law | July 7, 2017

Let’s face it, we all are. Every time we forget a date, a face, our keys, or anything, either trivial or important, a cloud comes over us regarding our potential memory loss. Memory loss is part of normal aging with many additional issues leading to increased symptoms. How do you know if your forgetfulness is a regular part…

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Ward Off Cognitive Decline with Seafood

By Hurley Elder Care Law | June 3, 2016

A new study found that eating a seafood meal or another meal high in omega-3 fatty acids once a week may protect against memory loss and cognitive problems in older people.

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Anesthesia and Mental Decline

By Hurley Elder Care Law | March 23, 2016

Many believe that there is a link between anesthesia and long-term mental decline, but a recent study has proven this not to be true.

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