Chances are the majority of older Americans would agree to undergo a test that would tell them if they’re likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), even if it delivers bad news. That’s the conclusion of a study in which 875 men and women aged 65 and older were asked if
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Whether you’re caring for elderly parents at home or planning for yourself, it’s important to make decisions and preparations for end-of-life issues.
These measures can help ensure that your parents—or you—receive the proper care while making decisions easier for loved ones. Experts advise us that the best time to begin
Thanks to medical advances, Americans are living longer than at any other time in history. For many, the same medical technology that increases lifespan also increases quality of life. But for some, longevity comes at the expense of dignity and comfort, and in contravention of what they may actually want.
Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be emotionally charged, and practical matters may be neglected. But at some point, early on, it will be necessary to make certain legal and financial decisions and to think about future care. Even if a person with Alzheimer’s disease is still capable of handling his
If you have a living will, standard will, and do-not-resuscitate order (if desired), you might feel you have all your affairs in order. But if you suddenly become incapacitated or if dementia sets in, these documents may not provide enough protection for you or your loved ones. A “durable” power
Q: I keep seeing products with gluten-free labels. What is wrong with gluten, and should I stop eating it?
A: There is nothing wrong with gluten per se, though some people have problems digesting it. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and malt. Gluten acts as
It may be difficult to think about the possibility of becoming ill and unable to care for yourself, yet it is important to consider the type of care you want should you become unable to make decisions for yourself. It’s also crucial that you share this information with your loved
For older adults who are very ill, surgery is often seen as a potentially life-saving procedure. But with research indicating that one in three elderly Medicare recipients undergo surgery in their last year of life, Mount Sinai geriatrician Patricia Bloom, MD, says it is important to balance the pros and
Legal documents for health care are important because it’s impossible to predict the future. The person you love and trust today may develop dementia, which can result in a complete personality change. Sometimes these changes may cause a person to reject their spouse, hence altering the bond of trust, and