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Massachusetts Elder Law Lawyer | Alzheimer's vs. Dementia: Do You Know the Difference?

Posted by Massachusetts Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney, Dennis B. Sullivan, Esq., CPA, LLM on Fri, Feb 15, 2013

Alzheimer's, Dementia, Lawyer, Massachusetts, Elder LawWe recently saw a large-type headline about a woman who was supposedly "cured" of Alzheimer's. There is of course, no cure for Alzheimer's. As it turns out that this woman had been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's.  She actually had a rare thyroid condition that can sometimes mimic the characteristics of Alzheimer's.  

Alzheimer's now affects nearly 6 million Americans, some of them at surprisingly-young ages (like University of Tennessee Women's Basketball Coach Pat Summit, who was diagnosed at 59). And experts are saying that, by the year 2030, the number of people with the disease will double.  

Did you know, Alzheimer's accounts for only 70% of dementias...not all of them!  

Some forms of dementia, believe it or not, can be caused by physical illness, such as vascular dementia, strokes, Parkinson's, medications that don't interact well together, urinary tract infections, fluid on the brain, thyroid or other endocrine illnesses, or metabolic problems.  There may also be other hidden villains as well, that only a series of extensive and invasive medical tests can reveal. If a doctor diagnoses you or a loved one with dementia, perhaps you should consider a having battery of tests conducted just to make sure. Misdiagnoses can result in tragedy, especially for seniors.  

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At the Estate Planning & Asset Protection Law Center, we help people and their families learn how to protect their home, spouse, life-savings, and legacy for their loved ones.  We provide clients with a unique educational and counseling approach so they understand where opportunities exist to eliminate problems now as they implement plans for a protected future.

Alzheimer's Care, Demetia Care, Lawyer, Elder LawTo gain free online access to the Complete Alzheimer's Resource Kit, which contains care tips as well as other useful information on Alzheimer’s disease, please visit www.BostonMemoryLawyer.com.  We also invite you to visit (insert domain name from list below) for more information on (pick one of three topics).

At the Estate Planning & Asset Protection Law Center, we help people and their families learn how to protect their home, spouse, life-savings, and legacy for their loved ones.  We provide clients with a unique education and counseling approach so they understand where opportunities exist to eliminate problems now as they implement plans for a protected future.

We encourage you to attend one of our free educational workshops, call 800-964-4295 and register to learn more about what you can do to enhance the security of your spouse, home, life savings and legacy.

 

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Massachusetts Alzheimer's Attorney | How Can I Help My Mom Stay at Home - And Manage Her Medications - As long As Possible?

Posted by Massachusetts Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney, Dennis B. Sullivan, Esq., CPA, LLM on Tue, Dec 04, 2012

How Can I Help My Mom Stay at Home - And Manage Her Medications - As long As Possible?

As an Elder Law attorney, I get asked this question a lot. And I always try to answer it with compassion, concern, and candor.describe the image

I tell people, first of all, that there's no single right answer; every patient is different, and every situation is different. The bottom line, as far as medication is concerned, is that she needs to take it...on time and in the right dosage!

If she's capable of taking her medicine, but just needs reminders, there are a number of "medication minders" at drugstores, medical supply stores, and discount stores. For example, weekly minders might work...but someone has to fill them out at the beginning of each week. And it's important to remember that that there needs to be a reminder for your Mom about what time to take her medicine, as well.

There are also medicine-reminders with alarms that go off. Some families rely on a family member to call the patient each time she needs to take her medicine. Modern life being as frantic as it is, though, this may not be the optimal method; and it may place an unfair burden on the person responsible for calling.

If your Mom goes to an adult day care center, make sure the staff knows to remind her. Just be sure you've provided them with the original prescription bottle with the original label.

If none of these systems works, you need to hire someone who can go to the house and administer her medicine. And if that becomes too unwieldy, you may have to face the fact that your Mom might be better off in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

To gain free online access to the Complete Alzheimer's Resource Kit, which contains care tips as well as other useful information on Alzheimer’s disease, please visit www.BostonMemoryLawyer.com

At the Estate Planning & Asset Protection Law Center, we help people and their families learn how to protect their home, spouse, life-savings, and legacy for their loved ones.  We provide clients with a unique educational and counseling approach so they understand where opportunities exist to eliminate problems now as they implement plans for a protected future.

We encourage you to attend one of our free educational workshops, call 800-964-4295 and register to learn more about what you can do to enhance the security of your spouse, home, life savings and legacy.


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