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When faced with a significant medical or care decision, having another set of eyes and ears on the situation can provide important, objective feedback that otherwise might go overlooked.
You just never really know why someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia repeats the same question or comment over and over. Is it really simply a lack of short-term memory or are there other possible reasons?
Medication is often a fact of life, especially as we age. Just as we explore potential side effects, equally as important is to understand possible interactions with other medications, both over-the-counter and prescribed.
Learn to "let go". Although it is a commonly used phrase, how many of us actually know what it means and even if we do know, how do we do it?
This is the time of year for family gatherings and holiday celebrations. Perhaps your travel plans include a trip with someone who has had a decline in cognition that will require extra vigilance and preparation.
Bridget Mackay has been practicing law for over 20 years. She spent 10 years as a Deputy District Attorney and then began her own practice in Estate Planning and Medi-Cal (Medicaid) Benefits Planning. She is a member of the American Association of Estate Planning Attorneys, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, California Association for Nursing Home Reform.
Author Clay G. Small, a former Senior Vice President and Managing Attorney for PepsiCo Inc. He is a professor at SMU (Southern Methodist University) located in Dallas, Texas. He teaches classes within the Cox School of Business and is also a member of the Law School Executive Committee. Clay has also carved out time to write his first novel, "Heels Over Head."