Is your memory problem a normal part of aging, or a form of dementia?

Those attending Dr. Andrew E. Budson’s talks at the Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land O’ Lakes last week had two key takeaways. First, if you’re having problems with your memory, go to a doctor who specializes in memory issues. In some cases, the problem may be the result of something that’s completely reversible, and even when it’s not, the sooner treatment begins, the better, said … [Read more...]

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients don’t have to go it alone

When someone learns that a loved one is afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, it can seem overwhelming. Phyllis Bross, a retired attorney from Land O’ Lakes, understands the feeling. Her mother and aunt were both Alzheimer’s patients, and she now runs the Alzheimer’s Association/Caregiver Support Group that meets monthly at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Based on her … [Read more...]

The amazing attitude of my sister, Karen

My younger sister, Karen, and I are three years apart. We typically see each other just two or three times a year, because Karen lives in my home state of Minnesota and I live in Florida — more than 1,300 miles away. While there’s a great distance between us, Karen and I have always been close. We share many common interests — traveling, gardening, dogs, cooking, outdoor activities, history … [Read more...]