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Shawn Vestal: Binding arbitration unhelpful in elder care dispute

When Karen Fritz retired from a career at Rosauers Supermarkets nine years ago, she began taking care of her aging mother. Soon, it became apparent her mom, Alice Newton, could …


UPDATE: Missing man found safe

A 70-year-old man who suffers from dementia has been missing from a retirement community in north Spokane since Thursday afternoon.


Laser eases walking for Parkinson’s sufferers

Everyone knows walking is good exercise, but it has another benefit: a daily 20-minute walk can also cut the risk of dementia by 40 percent, studies show. Taking those findings …


Wanderers with dementia pose challenges to families, agencies

Eleanor Alexander never deviated from her night-time routine. She’d eat a light dinner, let her dog Spot out, let him back in, double-lock the screen door. And then, she and …


Bolstering your brain against dementia

The following unsigned editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on July 19: For years, the news about Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related illness has been unrelentingly grim. We don’t know many …


Washington not ready to handle Alzheimer’s increase

In the first decade of this century, the number of elderly Washington residents living with Alzheimer’s disease increased by one-third. That number is expected to balloon by a third again …


Elderly man with dementia located by police

Spokane Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating an elderly male with extreme dementia who walked away from the House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific Ave. on …


Body likely that of missing man

Authorities said Friday they believe they located the body of a Spokane Valley man with dementia who has been missing since Nov. 23. The Spokane County medical examiner is expected …


Authorities still searching for 71-year-old

Authorities planned to use a police helicopter this afternoon to search for a 71-year-old man with dementia who has been missing from his Spokane Valley home since Friday.


Inspector highlights psych drug use among elderly

Government inspectors told lawmakers Wednesday that Medicare officials need to do more to stop doctors from prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs to nursing home patients with dementia, an unapproved practice that …


Dr. Hideg: Forgetting things not always sign of dementia

Do you ever forget things? A birthday, a meeting, something you were supposed to pick up at the grocery? Sometimes I feel like I can’t remember anything unless I write …


Spouses who care for partners with dementia face their own increased risks

For Marilyn Blum, the hardest part of dealing with her husband’s dementia was getting him to give up the car keys. There were the arguments, the denial and that day …


‘Smart homes’ aid memory

A psychologist and an engineer at Washington State University have teamed up to find a way to keep a rapidly aging U.S. population out of nursing homes a while longer. …


Tech support for memory

A psychologist and an engineer at Washington State University have teamed up to find a way to keep a rapidly aging U.S. population out of nursing homes a while longer. …


Dr. Gott: Rare dementia has no cure

Dear Dr. Gott: My 63-year-old daughter was a healthy, active woman until two years ago, when she started having trouble with her speech. She couldn’t bring out the words she …