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Progressed Dementia and Holiday Gift Giving

Q: My mom has progressed dementia. What can I buy her for the holidays this year? A: When someone has progressed dementia their memory loss is severe and traditional gifts may no longer be appropriate or useful. However, wanting to do something nice for your mother to recognize holiday traditions and bring her joy is [...]

By |2022-11-30T15:09:22-08:00November 30th, 2022|In the News, Information, Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments

What Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Have to Offer

Q:  What are over-the-counter hearing aids? Are they the same as prescription hearing aids? A:  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed in August to allow over-the-counter hearing aids to be sold directly to the public. No prescription is needed and no fitting by an audiologist is required. This is a big step in making hearing [...]

By |2022-11-23T13:31:41-08:00November 16th, 2022|Information, Martha Shapiro's Column|0 Comments

Preparing for the Flu Season

Q: What do I need to do to prepare for the upcoming flu season? A: The flu season begins in October and usually peaks between December and February. Older adults are more likely to have slower immune response and have higher risk of infection and complications from the flu. In fact, approximately 90% of influenza-related [...]

The Benefit of a Skilled Nursing Facility for Rehabilitation

Q: My father is in a skilled nursing facility following a hospital stay. He is complaining and wants to go home, but we cannot care for him at home until he gets stronger. How can I make him understand he needs to be there? A: Having rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility after a [...]