Slices of life, in the shadow of COVID-19

Impacts from the threat of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is touching life on virtually every level. The closing of school campuses disrupted family schedules and student learning. The shuttering of businesses has left people out of work. The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and people dying from the virus continues to rise. Nobody knows yet, when we will emerge to the … [Read more...]

Learning to live with Lewy Body

Although Lewy Body Dementia has no known cure, identifying its symptoms and employing specific techniques can heighten a patient’s safety. Gary Joseph LeBlanc, a public speaker for the Dementia Spotlight Foundation, provided an educational presentation on Feb. 5 about the disease at Atria Lutz, an assisted living facility. Lewy Body Dementia is one of several diseases that inflicts dementia … [Read more...]

Making sense of choices available in senior care

As a generation of Floridians transition into retirement age, they and their families may have questions regarding what senior care facilities have to offer. Keystone Place at Terra Bella is providing information to help the public find those answers. The Land O’ Lakes senior living facility had several open house sessions in January to explain the different levels of care available in … [Read more...]

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...]