Tag: dementia

Don’t Accept Medical Errors as the Standard of Care for Frail Elders

By Joanne Lynn, MD If you are hoping for a good night’s sleep, don’t read the stories told by Marcy Cottrell Houle of her parents’ last years of life just before you go to bed. But do read The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare [http://www.thegiftofcaring.net/], which Houle wrote

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Keeping Track of Dementia Patients: Would a Universal Identifier Help?

By Maryann Ingram I am caregiver to my live-in sister-in-law who has Korsakoffs and vascular dementia, with the onset at age 59. She lived in a nursing home for six years and then came to live with me last October under the “older adult living at home” waiver program. I take her to all of

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