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 & writer Anita Hamilton's articles are inspired by real historical events, places, and people. Her travel experiences, a lifelong keen interest in history, art, vintage music, books, silent films, classic movies, "golden age" television shows, fashion, & entertainment in general - combined with years of research - make her a subject matter expert with acquired knowledge & expertise on these topics. This, and a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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