Saturday, October 14, 2017

Financial Scams in the Alzheimer's Community

Financial scammers are known to target the senior citizen community, but senior citizens with Alzheimer’s are especially at risk. This is because of the assumption on the part of the scammer that the Alzheimer’s patient will be easier to deceive with their scam tactics. Unfortunately, we constantly hear sad stories about caregivers who realize their loved one has been fleeced financially under these circumstances. But how do we protect ourselves and our loved ones from financial scams? Read below to find out!

Alzheimer’s disease is an unfortunate condition that is associated with significant memory loss, as many of my readers already know. This creates a two-fold risk for scam victims, because not only are they more likely to believe the scammer, but they’re also more likely to be tricked by the same scammer on numerous occasions. A person whose memory functions properly will remember when they were scammed in the past and avoid that scammer, but an Alzheimer’s patient might forget and fall victim to the very same scam.

The first method of action to avoid being scammed if you’re dealing with Alzheimer’s is to sign up for an identity theft protection service that runs in the background. This type of service can be helpful for anyone, but it is especially useful for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, because the patient is less likely to remember to check their credit history and stay on top of whether they have recently been scammed. A service like LifeLock runs in the background and sends mobile alerts to either the patient or the caregiver (whoever signs up for the service) which really makes the process a lot easier.

You should also be sure to meet with an Alzheimer’s financial planner, so that you can delegate control of your finances to a trusted party. If your finances are out of your control, it will prevent you from being scammed even if you fell for the scam. Last but not least, be sure to read through the accompany infographic (and maybe even print it and tape it on your fridge) so you’re aware of the common pattern that financial scams in the senior community take. If nothing else, knowing what to look for can help you or your loved one stay safe
God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Do Alzheimer's Patients need Assisted Living?

A reader by the name of Katherine asked the following question: Do Alzheimer's Patients really needs Assisted Living?

Katherine, YES  some really do need to be in Assisted Living Facilities.  Reason, because they need special medical needs, they are not able to navagate the home, the home caregivers are not emotionally, physically or finiancially able to handle the sufferer. Not all need these facilities but many do and a caregiver  generally family should not feel guilty for having them admitted to such a facility.  Your purpose as a caregiver or loved one of the Alzheimer's patient is to give or get them the best care possible, PERIOD.

God Bless and Keep You and This Country of Ours!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

On September 6, 2006 I started this blog.  It was really just for me to tell how I was coping with Alzheimer's, I never expected even one person to read this blog.  Well 11 years later it is read World Wide, I am a published author, ex-coproducer of short films, have been in a documentary by HBO and won several awards, over 3/4 million page views over 128,000 visitors, am I bosting, YES, never thought this would happen and on this day, I received the following email:

Living With Alzheimer's has been selected five years in a row for the 2017 Best of Oceanside Awards for Alzheimer's Education/Referral/Support and now qualifies for the Oceanside Business Hall of Fame.

For details and more information please view our website:
2017 Best of Oceanside Awards - Alzheimer's Education/Referral/Support

If you are unable to view the link above, please copy and paste the following into your web browser:

Best Regards,

Oceanside Business Recognition

I now live in Pahrump, NV since the end of June, but what a schock this email was to me.  

I use to stand up to do something and wonder what it was I wanted to do. Now I stand up and forget where the hell I am and look for somewhere to hide and generally fall asleep and wake to figure it out couple hours later.  It is really difficult for me to keep things straightmy brain is sideways now.  I keep reading other posts and many from people who think they know how to handle us and folks they do not have the first fricken idea of that they speak.  By the way I read that certain shampoos now cause Alzheimer's, dementia, etc.  So I guess, do not wash your hair except with bar soap, until they discoover that causes Dementia. I try to bring you the facts, not the truth which is subjective and changes as our brains change, but facts are facts they do not change and they are what is not what we want things to be.  No Cure for Alzheimer's, no affective treatment, no truly known cause, all guesses and bull shit, FACT everyone that has gotton, will get or has Alszheimer's will DIE from it, PERIOD. People tell me yes but in the meantime you can have a great life, RIGHT, great fun forgetting who you are, other people are, what you are doing, how to use your fork, when to go to the bathroom, what day is it, etc.,  great life bull shit.

My Press Release:

Press Release
Living With Alzheimer's Receives 2017 Best of Oceanside Award
Oceanside Award Program Honors the Achievement
OCEANSIDE August 30, 2017 -- Living With Alzheimer's has been selected for the 2017 Best of Oceanside Award in the Alzheimer's Education/Referral/Support category by the Oceanside Award Program.
Each year, the Oceanside Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Oceanside area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Oceanside Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Oceanside Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Oceanside Award Program
The Oceanside Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Oceanside area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Oceanside Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Oceanside Award Program

Oceanside Award Program

Just my ego, really I am humble by this, who would have ever guessed a person such as me would receive any kind of recognition.

God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!


Saturday, August 05, 2017

Veterans and Dementia

Five Important Facts Veterans Need to Know about Dementia

When we think of veterans, we think of selfless, honorable, brave souls, the epitome of an American hero. These individuals sacrifice their lives to honorably serve our country. Unfortunately, some of these souls bear the burden of traumatic experiences.  Upon completion of their term, some veterans are left with permanent mental distress.

Research shows that veterans diagnosed with PTSD are twice as likely to be affected with dementia. Dementia should not be taken lightly as it a disorder of cognitive damages; symptoms may include memory problems and reasoning impairments. Activities of daily living—eating, dressing, toileting, walking, and bathing­— becomes a struggle for a large portion of the senior population with dementia. As a result, it is important for veterans to be educated on the topic. Early awareness of this condition can decrease dementia progression through the application of treatments and preventative measures.   

Here are five important facts veterans need to know about dementia

1.      Veteran Dementia Statistics

Shockingly, dementia is on the rise. It is unavoidable as the senior population is growing. This is evident as an estimated 423,000 new dementia and Alzheimer’s cases will appear within the veteran population by the end of 2020. Veterans with PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury have a higher probability of getting dementia. According to a study, veterans with PTSD had a “7-year cumulative incident dementia rate of 10.6% whereas those without had a rate of 6.6%.”

2.      Association between Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia

Out of the predicted 423,000 new dementia and Alzheimer’s cases, one-fourth of the cases will be correlated with specific military conditions including PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. With high statistics such as this, veterans should seek checkups for optimal mental health. Head traumas are often common with veterans in combat because they face a higher risk of being struck by objects or explosions. Some of the symptoms for Traumatic Brain Injury includes behavioral changes, headaches, and memory problems. Scientists believe that head trauma goes hand in hand with dementia because it contributes to the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques. Buildup of beta-amyloid plaques exists in Alzheimer’s patients.

3.      Resources are Available-VA Benefits

Veterans are proven to be a higher risk population for dementia. Due to their vulnerability, it is of utmost importance for the veterans and their families to be educated on their resources, including the VA program known as Aid and Attendance. 69% of eligible veterans are not utilizing this program because they were not aware of its existence. This benefit is applicable to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. According to, “A veteran is eligible for up to $1,794 per month, while a surviving spouse is eligible for up to $1,153 per month. A veteran with a spouse is eligible for up to $2,127 per month and a veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,410 per month.” Such benefits can decrease the burden on veterans and their love ones. Websites, such as, provides an idea of assisted living costs. The median cost is $3,600 per month for a one-bedroom unit and it can rise up to a staggering cost of $7,604 per month for a private, 24-hour private room.

4.      Health Conscious Decisions will Benefit your Brain Health

Committing to a healthy lifestyle has credible benefits in dementia prevention. Some of the health-conscious decisions veterans can make includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.

What you are putting into your body contributes to your mental health. Foods such as lefty greens are high in folate, which improves cognitive function. Fruits and vegetables containing anthocyanin­—like blackberries, cherries, eggplant, red onions, and so forth—provides the brain extra protection from free radicals. Free radicals are the toxic byproducts of the human body when undergoing oxygen metabolism. Not only does food contribute to dementia prevention, seasoning and spices offer the brain some health benefits. Spices like turmeric, sage, cumin lessens the inflammation of the brain cells. Problems arise with inflammation when the brain is done using the defense mechanism function. Afterwards, inflammation just depletes the energy in the brain cells which lessens the firing of the neurons.
Regular exercise increases the blood flow to the brain.  Blood, full of nutrients and oxygen, improves mental health as the brain is feeding on such nourishment that potentially helps in the growth of the brain cells.

5.      Preventative Measures-Taking Supplements

Consumption of omega-3 and vitamin B12 & folic acid supplements can be taken as a preventative measure for dementia. Omega-3 fatty acid improves the communication of the brain cells, such cell communication is important for cognitive function. Omega-3 fatty acids are located in the cell membrane, which surrounds the cell bodies. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who suffer from dementia are deficient in vitamin B12 and folic acid. Typically, the senior population has a harder time absorbing the vitamin, so consuming it in pill form will suffice.


Article is from Veterans Aid Organization - Jennifer Tran

Many thanks to Jennifer for this most important article. I am honored that they chose my blog to post it.

God Bless & Keep You & This Country of Ours!

Friday, July 21, 2017

It has been awhile since I last visited here.  It has been a really rough 2+ months.  The move from California to Nevada has been a real pain. Toooo much required of this brain of mine. I am just starting to relax done and feel some of the pressure going away.  My routine is still messed up and causing me problems.  One good thing I have lost almost 20 pounds, I need it.  My temper and ability to cope are getting worst than normal.  It is pobably the stress of the move and all the bull shit that went with it that have me out of line.  I would like to blame it all on the Alzheimer's but I do not think that would be totally honest.

I keep getting emails from people and for some reason they think this is a caregivers' site, well folks far from it.  I have ALZHEIMER'S, yes I do list caregive info, but I am not one at least in the sense you think.  I try to help those caring for us understand what are world is like. What really gets the hair on my neck to stand is reading all the posts on the net by people who think they really know how to deal with us.  People you are as I would say balf fass fackword (figure it out).  You keep repeating the same lame crap.  Get out of the boxes you are in and really learn how to handle us and that is do not try to handle us, we are not trained dogs.  In case you have not noticed we are truly lost and screwed up people.  KEY WORD HERE IS PEOPLE1  qUIT POSTING THE SAME BS OVER AND OVER, find something original, you are supposed to have the brains and the Paper Hanging Degrees, but apparently neither serve you well.

I wonder how many of you have ever really sat down and truly LISTENED to those you care for or if you just march tho the beat of the EXPERTS, which there are none, except those of us that live in this world of Alzheimer's and other forms of Dementia. Try and keep us safe, but do not try and be our keepers. We feel, we hurt, we laugh, we cry, we reach out, we withdraw, yes all the same things you do, but we are akward about it much of the time and very impatient.

I wonder if you would survive a trip through the corridors of my brain for just two hours.  It would be interesting to see how you came out and if your thoughts were different.

Till we meet again.

God Bless & Keep YOu & This Country of Ours!