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Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for handling a dementia patient’s fluctuating levels of awareness of their condition.

While Alzheimer's disease and dementia progress differently in each and every person, it is important for both the patient and their caregiver to remember that a diagnosis isn't an immediate death sentence.

The way we deal with difficulties and failures says a lot about how we live our lives. But when these things are caused by something out of our control, like dementia, should we just accept our limitations or fight them tooth and nail?

An initial diagnosis is devastating, but as the disease progresses and one's abilities fall by the wayside, the reality of one's situation becomes strikingly clear. Coping with these new limitations and holding onto hope is all we can do, and we must continue to do so.

So many people consider sharing a diagnosis publicly to be an act of courage. Yes, this does help to lessen the stigma against diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. But are we making too much of this simple deed? Shouldn't we all be able to share our true selves without fear of abandonment or embarrassment?

Cognitive decline is difficult to definitively diagnose, but like other diseases, it can be awkward to talk about this elusive prognosis. Most people don't wish to get detailed updates on others' health, but assumptions can be especially frustrating.

We all lose track of time once in a while. But, for a dementia patient, time is their greatest enemy.

Memory loss, difficulty solving problems and confusion are a few of the signs that may indicate various types of cognitive impairment or a form of dementia. Our parents and grandparents cared for their families and this is when relatives and caregivers can begin helping them. Consulting their physician and being proactive with diet, rest and exercise are among the top areas in which they will need encouragement and assistance.

A recent reading of "Flowers for Algernon" has helped me realize that my journey through cognitive impairment does not have to include the culturally-expected suffering.

I have been my mother's caregiver for the past 16 years. Along the way, I and have learned many things about dementia. I have jotted them down here to share with you.

Occupying the middle ground between normal aging and dementia lies a disorder known as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Here's what you need to know about MCI.

My cognitive impairment can make even the simplest tasks confusing and frustrating. For instance, here's what happened during a recent trip to the laundry room.

I recently learned just how bad my cognitive impairment can become when I don't sleep enough. I couldn't read, write or even play a simple children's game.

Perhaps Alzheimer's is not a fate worse than death, even though so many people believe that it is. Here's how I think society can get beyond this type of thinking.

When I found out I didn't have Alzheimer's, I was grateful, yet disappointed at the same time. Here's why.

Learn how being "digitally literate" can help older adults maintain brainpower and ward off depression.

Cataract surgery can provide patients with vision loss and dementia even greater benefits than restored eyesight.

Donald Sterling's legal battle really began when he and his wife Shelly became co-trustees of the family trust. By signing that document, the couple agreed on two clauses that became keys to the case.

The ability of an adult with cognitive decline to function normally during a doctor's appointment, then revert back to their impaired state once they're home is a common (and frustrating) phenomenon.
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