DR. DENNIS MCCULLOUGH

Alzheimer's: Transitioning From Partner to Caregiver

For the caregiver an early diagnosis means time to digest the news, to understand and accept the mountain of responsibilities that lie ahead. Let us hope that this diagnosis comes when your loved one is still capable of participating in a discussion about the future. There is no right or wrong way to proceed -- just what is right for you and the patient.
Alamy

How Well Do You Know Your Own Mother

Just in front of every baby boomer, there is a parent. Or parents. Like me, on the brink of old age. Let us suppose that I am your mother. Chances are, when you ask me, "How are you Mom?" I will answer "Fine." Am I? Or am I in denial, protecting you from the truth, afraid to admit to my physical and mental lapses?