That Time I Had to Pay $500 for My Medical Records

One morning I woke up to a phone call advising me that I owed $500 to a private service holding my medical records ransom. ...more
Good luck finding a family doctor. It's so hard here in Ontario to find one - took me 6 years ...more

What to Do If You Just Can’t Take Away Mom's Keys Yet

Driving is a rite of passage for many of us.  Unfortunately, not being able to drive any more due to age is also a rite of passage, but not a positive one.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an average of 500 older adults are injured EVERY DAY and 15 are killed EVERY DAY due to driving accidents.   But, no matter who we have talked to, taking away the keys is one of the hardest transitions caregivers note having to make and most try to avoid it....more

Most stroke victims have undiagnosed cognitive disorders

A new (small) study out of the UK found that the "majority" of stroke patients appear to have attention disorders - most of which are undiagnosed.First, you should know that there's an attention disorder called "neglect." Can you see how this might get confusing? I'd be nervous if I was a caregiver! "Neglect" in this case is an attention and awareness deficit in one side of the body....more

Birch Birds and Masticating Boats

We’re in New Hampshire. I packed for summer. You know, shorts, bathing suits...for hot weather. It’s freezing. Gale winds. Whistling around the corners of this cute little cottage, a prelude to some freak summer nor'easter. It’s August. ...more

Go Beyond Thinking and Decide, Create, Share

I am a member of the blogger kitchen cabinet for AARP’s Decide.Create.Share. - an initiative on long-term planning....more

Making Care Easier Launches Free Caregiving App

Caring for an aging parent can be a full time job.  But, when you already have a job this can be very challenging.  Making Care Easier is here to help.  Instead of lots of phone calls, texts, emails and worrying when you don’t hear anything, keep all of your updates in one place, with emergency plans and more. ...more

MAJOR breakthrough with new drug for Alzheimer's

A new drug called NitroMemantine reverses the loss of brain connections in people with Alzheimer's.By combining two medicines that are already approved by the FDA, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute has created this breakthrough drug that restores the synapses (the connections between neurons) that were lost as the disease progressed.It's the breakdown of these synapses that leads to memory loss and cognitive decline....more

How To Help After A Cancer Diagnosis

Cancer is everywhere these days....more

Highly educated patients with mild cognitive impairment cope better when it comes Alzheimer's than less educated

Turns out an education does more than just prep you for the real world; it also preps your brain to fight Alzheimer's.A new study found that people with mild cognitive impairment who were highly educated fared much better when it progressed to Alzheimer's than their less-educated counterparts. Apparently, the more you use your brain, the more it increases your cognitive reserve levels.In this case, higher education meant more than 12 years of school.Here's the study:

Dr. Hulking and Fish Eyes

“So how old are we now?” My mother’s ophthalmologist asked, as if he hadn’t seen her in centuries. This might seem a blatantly rude question if coming from a less hulking posture of a man dwarfing his own office to the size of a dollhouse broom closet; whose formidable stature matches his renowned expertise. My mother was undaunted: “I’ll be 95 in September. And I plan to live a long, long, long time!” ...more