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    Should All People 65+ Get Cognitive Assessments?

    By Edie Grossfield for Next AvenueA special section in the recently released Alzheimer’s Association’s 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report focuses on the role primary care physicians can play in early detection of the disease. The association says all people 65 and older should receive some kind of assessment of their thinking and memory functions and that the primary care setting is the best place to do it. It should be a part of routine exams, said Joanne Pike, ...  Read More...

  • 16-Year-Old Author Writes Story of Love and Dementia

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueThe subtitle for Grandpa and Lucy, a book by 16-year-old author Edie Weinstein, says it all: A Story About Love and Dementia. In this charming picture book, the main character, a young girl named Lucy, employs simple and loving gestures to strengthen the bond she has with her grandfather as signs of his Alzheimer’s disease begin to affect their close relationship.Weinstein, who lives in St. Paul, Minn.  Read More...

  • After Loss, Finding Peace in Art and Nature

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueIllustrator Nancy Carlson vividly remembers the spring day in 2007 when she simultaneously felt like “the happiest person in the world” while at the same time experiencing an odd sensation that everything was about to change.“My husband Barry was outside blowing leaves, my daughter was in the kitchen and one of my sons was playing his guitar upstairs,” said Carlson. “I looked out the window at Barry, and something started to nag at...  Read More...

  • The Relationship Between Delirium and Dementia

    By The Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging for Next AvenueHarvard Medical School professor Dr. Sharon K. Inouye is one of the world leaders in geriatrics research and innovation.   Read More...

  • When Is It Time to Find Long-Term Care for a Spouse or Partner?

    By Marijke Vroomen Durning for Next Avenue“I’m scared and worried,” wrote Dennis Abrams in a column in The Houston Chronicle in July 2017. Abrams’ husband, David Fox, had just been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Abrams wasn’t surprised.   Read More...