We recently told readers about a study that found social isolation to increase the rate of cognitive decline in older subjects. Today we are reporting on another study, this time on the impact of physical activity on the onset of dementia. Not surprisingly, the results suggest that exercise and movement help maintain brain health during the aging process.
Our older clients as well as clients concerned about aging loved ones will be interested in the results of the Harvard Aging Brain Study, a four-year look at cognitive decline in 260 people ages 62 to 89. The study’s senior author concluded that “social relationships can be an important buffer against cognitive decline.
At Chayet & Danzo, LLC, our attorneys are dedicated to quality of life, safety and dignity for our respected and beloved elders. As part of our practice, we represent family members, caregivers, guardians, conservators and others who are responsible for and dedicated to seniors. At times, people in these roles are concerned about whether the elderly people in their lives are safe or could be subject to abuse or neglect.
Watching a loved one age can be so difficult when they reach a point where their physical disability, cognitive impairment or frailty make independent living unsafe or when the extent of these problems make care at home or with a relative impossible. At that point, many people do not know where to turn for information and advice about how to find safe, quality long-term care placement, such as in a nursing home or an assisted living facility.
At Chayet & Danzo, LLC, our elder law attorneys are devoted to improving the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia. We represent seniors, family members of those with dementia and people with legal responsibility for the health of vulnerable adults. Those fiduciaries include family members and professionals who are guardians and health care agents under living wills, both of whom may direct and oversee the medical care of someone with Alzheimer’s.
The findings of a recent study involving 158 older adults appeared in the journal Neurology in October. Results strongly suggest that a blood test may soon help to identify Alzheimer’s disease in patients at an early stage, according to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. The test may allow doctors to determine with a very high likelihood that patients have the disease even before symptoms develop.
We just posted a blog about Alzheimer’s Awareness Month coming up in November. Appropriately, November is also National Family Caregivers Month with a 2019 theme of #BeCareCurious, a nod to the empowerment of caregivers to ask questions and gather information to help them help the loved ones for whom they provide care.
According to SeniorLiving.org, President Reagan designated November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month in 1983 at a time when not even 2 million people had the illness, a well-known form of dementia. The numbers have increased to over 5 million people with the disease today.
Many people who try to figure out Medicaid eligibility and how to maximize its benefits are soon overwhelmed by the program's dense, bureaucratic language, and its many detailed rules, regulations and procedures. Unsurprisingly, many then look for help in navigating a complex system.
We have news to share with readers about another development regarding Colorado advance medical directives. On Aug. 2, a new state law took effect establishing a statewide electronic system for advance medical directives. The bill creates an online depository for advance medical directives accessible by doctors, hospitals and emergency medical personnel for direction in providing medical care to Coloradans when they are unable to express their treatment wishes because of medical incapacity.