Physical & Mental Health

Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia Concerns?

A worried son wrote into Dear Ellie with a question about his senior citizen mother: 

I have Power of Attorney for a neighbour, 88, recently diagnosed with moderate Alzheimer’s Disease.

Since her diagnosis, and with the help of a Community Care Access Centre (which coordinates services for seniors, people with disabilities etc.) and the Alzheimer’s Society, we’ve initiated the Meals on Wheels program and a Personal Services Worker who visits for one hour once/week (social visit).

It’s not just senior citizens and older adults (50+) that can suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or similar symptoms. 

Additional resources:

Alzheimer Society of Canada

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – 50 Facts

Community Safety for Alzheimers Disease and Cognitive Impairment

Teenager’s Invention for Alzheimer’s Patient Safety

The Power of Music for Alzheimer’s Patients

Does Dementia Change the Ability of a Spouse to Consent to Sex?

Occupational Therapy Works for Seniors

How Old is Too Old to Drive?

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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