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Anosognosia—When People Don’t Realize They’re Impaired

What to do when a parent with dementia refuses help People who have dementia often refuse care. We misjudge the situation if we assume that they are being difficult or are in denial. Often it is because they simply have become unable to be aware of their impairments—in part due to their loss of rational … Read more

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Why Do Seniors So Often Refuse Care?

We hear a lot about the cost to Medicare of seniors returning to the hospital within days of being released. Here in Moscow, we have a transitional care team—staff from the hospital’s discharge department and representatives from the local care facilities and senior care agencies—which meets to talk about how we can work together to … Read more