Resources

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA

A website with very helpful articles in their Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia section is Verywell.com (verywell.com)

The Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org)
Search “Dementia” for symptoms and causes, diagnosis and treatment, types of dementia, risk factors and which ones you can reduce, and self-management (lifestyle and home remedies, caregiver support).

The Family Caregiver Alliance (caregiver.org)
As well as the informative overview of dementia, this website discusses reversible dementias (due to medication, depression, vitamin deficiency, thyroid abnormalities, etc.) as well as irreversible dementias. There is a helpful section on caregivers with an added list of fact sheets available: Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors, Caring for Adults with Cognitive and Memory Impairment, Community Care Options, Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers, and Legal Issues in Planning for Incapacity.

Science Daily (sciencedaily.com)
This email newsletter has a section under its Health section called “Dementia News” with articles and videos, such as Dementia Risks: From Pollution to Caffeine, Stiff Arteries Linked with Memory Problems, Boot Camp Could Help Brain Grow, Prevent Dementia.

Natural News (naturalnews.com)
Another source of news and scientific discoveries. Search “Dementia” to find articles such as If you use Benadryl, Paxil, Dramamine it’s REALLY time to stop: definite links to dementia, cognitive damage found with these drugs, Five lifestyle behaviors lower dementia risk by 60 percent, Yoga found to benefit dementia patients as well as their caregivers.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

You can get help paying for assisted living with veterans benefits.

If your loved one (or your loved one’s spouse) was a veteran, you’re in luck when it comes to residential care. Veterans benefits can be used to pay for residential care in a variety of situations. One set of benefits is available to those with service-related injuries or disabilities; another set of benefits, known as Aid and Attendance, is available to any veteran or surviving spouse who’s disabled and whose income is below a certain limit. To qualify for and access these benefits, you’ll need to go through the Veterans Administration, which can be a tricky and time-consuming process. It’s extremely helpful to work with a geriatric planner who knows the ins and outs of the system. Many senior living communities offer a financial concierge service that can include guiding you through the process of qualifying for benefits.

Another option is to work directly with services such as Elderlife Financial, which works with assisted living and continuous care retirement communities (CCRCs) to provide this concierge service. Elderlife Financial connects you with its network of veterans benefits experts, who can help obtain the maximum benefits your loved one is entitled to.

We received great advice and assistance from Sandy Messer at 877-286-0402.