Ask Miriam – August 2019

Dear Miriam, My tia keeps repeating herself. No matter how many times I answer her questions, she’ll keep asking the same thing over and over again. And when I tell her she already asked me, she seems surprised. To be honest, it gets irritating after a while and I find myself increasingly frustrated [...]


Ask Miriam – July 2019

Dear Miriam, This is kind of embarrassing. My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago, and all things considered, he’s fairly healthy. But lately, he’s started to soil himself. And the worst part is, he tries to hide it! We got him adult diapers, but sometimes, he walks around with a full [...]


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 [...]

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