Wrong Mix of Medications Can Lead to Faulty Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The main symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include memory loss, confusion and changes in personality or mood. However, these symptoms can also be caused by medications, supplements and vitamins, or a dangerous mix of these—and often results in a false diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. The list of drugs that can cause dementia-like symptoms is long and includes:… Read More »

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Early diagnosis of dementia provides the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future. The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) has released the following list of signs and symptoms that can help individuals and family members recognize the beginnings of dementia. If you are concerned about any of these, be sure to see a doctor… Read More »

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Hits Hard

An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease—an irreversible, degenerative disorder of the brain that affects problem-solving abilities, behavior and speech. It is typically associated with old age, and many of us have older family members who have been affected. As baby boomers age, the number of Alzheimer’s victims is expected to increase. But approximately… Read More »

Employee Benefits and Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s for those under age 65 can be difficult. Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which can even strike people in their 30s and 40s, affects less than 5% of all Alzheimer’s patients. Because doctors don’t usually suspect Alzheimer’s at such young ages, the symptoms are often attributed to other causes, such as depression, stress,… Read More »

Home Improvements to Consider for Aging in Place

Americans are getting older, and most want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. As a result, many homeowners are taking steps to modify their homes so they will be able to safely and comfortably remain in their homes for as long as possible. This is called “aging in place.” With the… Read More »

Can a Popular Diabetes Drug Slow Aging?

Last December, the FDA approved a clinical trial in people to determine if metformin, a popular medication used to control diabetes, might be used to slow the aging process in seniors. The trial is called Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME). Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College… Read More »

The Psychological Barriers to Estate Planning

As we’ve talked about a few times in the past, there is a persistent problem in the world of estate planning: most people just don’t bother with it. Oddly enough, though, study after study shows that most Americans know they should have an estate plan in place. So it’s not as if people avoid estate… Read More »

Dementia Now Affects More Than 46 Million People

It’s a staggering sum. More than 46 million people on our planet currently suffer from dementia, TIME reports. It is one of the fastest-growing and most devastating diseases in the modern world. The new numbers come from The World Alzheimer Report, published by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) in conjunction with King’s College London. ADI defines… Read More »

Trusts for Dogs: Providing for Pets After You Pass

We’ve all heard stories and seen movies about eccentric millionaires who infuriate their families by leaving an entire estate to their collection of cats. Yes, you really can favor your pets over your progeny in your estate plan… within reason. It’s enough to make your relatives start sweating the next time they see you give… Read More »

Estate Planning for the Parents of Drug-Addicted Adult Children

Substance abuse, alcoholism, and drug addiction affect countless Americans — more than many people realize. The impact of addiction is far-reaching, and literature on the fallout typically focuses on emotional trauma. But there are other concerns too. The New York Times recently interviewed Patti Sacher, whose then-college-aged daughter tried LSD at a Grateful Dead concert in… Read More »