Researchers say it’s too soon to say if marijuana could help humans with Alzheimer’s, but experiments in mice showed some effects.

A recent study of mice genetically tweaked to develop Alzheimer’s like symptoms who received a synthetic form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient of marijuana, performed as well as healthy mice on a memory test. The mice also lost fewer brain cells and their brains contained 20% less sticky placques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings suggest that cannabis could be beneficial for Alzheimer’s disease. However, currently there are no studies of how marijuana compounds affect people with Alzheimer’s disease. For the complete article, follow our link to NPR.org. Active Ingredient In Marijuana, THC, Reduced Alzheimer’s-Like Effects In Mice By Continue Reading

Homebuyers over 55 are a growing slice of first-time house owners

A recent study conducted by the National Association of Realtors concluded that homebuyers over 55 are a growing segment of first time homebuyers. In the last 15 years, the share of homebuyers age 55 and over has doubled; senior first-time homebuyers accounted for 9% of that share which is the highest level since data collection started in 2003. For the complete USA Today article follow our link. Forget millennials, homebuyers over 55 are a growing slice of first-time house owners By JANNA HERRON | USA TODAY You’re never too old for the American Dream. Take Rupert and Pat Haller. Since Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Researchers Challenged Finding Qualified Participants for Clinical Trials

A major challenge medical researchers face is finding qualified participants for clinical trials. Compounding this problem is there are multiple studies competing for clinical trial participants and delays in diagnosis of possible trial participants. For the complete article, follow our link to the New York Times. For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly By Gina Kolata | New York Times The task facing Eli Lilly, the giant pharmaceutical company, sounds simple enough: Find 375 people with early Alzheimer’s disease for a bold new clinical trial aiming to slow or stop memory loss. There are 5.4 million Continue Reading

How to Discuss End of Life Matters With Your Asian Parents

In Chinese culture, death is a taboo subject leading to an aversion of discussing end of life issues with family members. First generation children do not ask their parents about their final wishes for fear of upsetting their parents. There are different programs in the Greater Boston area that are addressing how to discuss end of life with senior family members while showing sensitivity to Chinese culture. For the complete article, follow our link to the Boston Globe. Breaking taboo, Chinese elders learn to express end-of-life wishes By Robert Weisman | Boston Globe Nine wary residents gathered around a table Continue Reading

How to Manage Multigenerational Households

Multigenerational households (where two or more adult generations live together or include grandparents and grandchildren) are on the rise. Create a checklist of needs vs wants while looking at homes. Draft a family agreement which addresses how the family would pay for the home and related expenses including an “exit strategy” in the event a family member moves out. For the complete article, follow our link to the New York Times. What to Know Before Buying a Home With Your Parents By Claire Zulkey | New York Times For Diana Limongi, the practical benefits of sharing a two-family house in Continue Reading

Effort to delay Alzheimer’s via Exercise and Nutrition

Many healthy people are turning to lifestyle changes ranging from better nutrition and physical fitness to brain games and increased social interactions in an effort to delay Alzheimer’s that affected family members. Many drug companies have developed experimental medicines but so far, none have proved effective in preventing the disease. Research has shown that more exercise and better nutrition can improve the mental function of older people at risk of developing dementia. As drug development flounders, people fearing Alzheimer’s embrace lifestyle changes By Robert Weisman | Boston Globe Article They watched helplessly as Alzheimer’s robbed their loved ones of memory Continue Reading

What happens if my elderly parents get too sick before making arrangements?

No one is keen to discuss “the End,” as if talking about it will somehow hasten it, or not talking about it might prevent it from happening! By encouraging your parents to prepare for the end of their lives, you are not only acting as a responsible and loving child, but you are saving time, money, and heartache for yourself and the rest of your family. A short answer: if they become incapacitated before signing the documents for power of attorney or their will, you are out of luck. In approaching your parents next time, it may be best to Continue Reading

New Alzhemier’s Drug Shows Reduction of Plaques and Slowing of Dementia

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, results of a new drug were announced which for the first time in a clinical trial resulted in the reduction of plaques and slowing the progression of dementia. More trials will be necessary to verify if the new drug is truly effective but this drug may be the first to successfully attack both brain changes and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. To read the complete article, follow our link to the New York Times. New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results By Pam Belluck | New York Times The long, discouraging quest Continue Reading

Internal Veterans Administration VA hospital ratings

The Boston Globe and USA Today obtained documents regarding internal Veterans Administration VA hospital ratings. The VA hospitals consistently scored poorer than private sector care facilities in 9 out of 11 key indicators. Out of 6 New England VA hospitals, only Bedford and Brockton had one star ratings, the lowest on the five point scale. Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public By Nick B | Boston Globe Article World War II veteran Rosario “Russ” Bonanno was facing worsening dementia when his family took him last year to the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Bedford. Continue Reading

When Can an Adult Child Be Liable for a Parent’s Nursing Home Bill?

Although a nursing home cannot require a child to be personally liable for their parent’s nursing home bill, there are circumstances in which children can end up having to pay. This is a major reason why it is important to read any admission agreements carefully before signing. Federal regulations prevent a nursing home from requiring a third party to be personally liable as a condition of admission. However, children of nursing home residents often sign the nursing home admission agreement as the “responsible party.” This is a confusing term and it isn’t always clear from the contract what it means. Continue Reading