Ask Miriam – June 2019

Dear Miriam, My aunt played a huge role in raising me and we’re very close. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. Her kids are taking care of her and she has great caregivers, but I live in another state and feel bad that I can’t be there for [...]


Ask Miriam – May 2019

Dear Miriam, My dad insists he’s good to drive, but he’s not. The DMV even took his license away, but that doesn’t matter to him. Nothing I say seems to make a difference. What do I do? Pietro Hi Pietro, This is, unfortunately, a common problem families face. In your dad’s [...]


Ask Miriam – April 2019

Dear Miriam, My husband has dementia and it is getting worse, but he doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with him. Every time I raise the idea of bringing in care, he gets very defensive, saying that he doesn’t need a babysitter. I can’t leave him alone, though, and I really need a break. [...]


Ask Miriam – March 2019

Dear Miriam, My kids have been suggesting I give my mom CBD for her anxiety and trouble sleeping. We haven’t had a lot of success with other medications her doctors have prescribed, and now that marijuana is legal in California, I’m more open to considering it. What do you suggest? I certainly don’t [...]


Ask Miriam – Feb 2019

Dear Miriam, I know this might sound strange, but I’m not sure who else to ask. My father has dementia. Lately, he’s become convinced that he and this woman (let’s just call her Mary) are in love and that we’re keeping him from her. He’s worried that he’s breaking her heart by not [...]


Ask Miriam – Jan 2019

Dear Miriam, My father-in-law lives with us and was diagnosed with dementia 5 or 6 years ago. He used to be very active – always taking the dog for long walks and solving puzzles with the grandkids and things like that. But now, especially in the last few months, all he seems to [...]


Ask Miriam – Dec 2018

Dear Miriam, My mother has dementia. She lives with my wife, our kids, and me and she’s doing well, all things considered. This is our first holiday since mom’s diagnosis. The problem is that I’m having our extended family over for the holidays and some of my siblings don’t understand how bad mom’s [...]


Ask Miriam – Nov 2018

Dear Miriam, I’m in my late 60s and pretty good health, but, lately I’m noticing how forgetful I’m becoming.  My children keep telling me to see a doctor, but I feel fine and am sure it’s just signs of my old age (ha ha!).  Should I be worried at all? Bailey [...]


Ask Miriam – Oct 2018

Dear Miriam, My mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with dementia, but my husband (her son) doesn’t accept it. He keeps making excuses for her behavior and says it’s just old age, but I’m sure it’s not. I think he’s in denial. Miriam, my husband is an only child and his father cannot take care of her by [...]


Ask Miriam – Sept 2018

Dear Miriam, My father has dementia. He was diagnosed 6 months ago, but I’m sure he’s had it longer than that. Lately, he’s started to accuse me and my children of stealing from him. My dad lives with us and even my kids help in caring for him. We’re not stealing from him, but [...]