FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Brain Matters
Yesterday, we spent the day with our fellow
Fearless Caregivers in the Treasure Coast of
Florida. The Fearless Caregiver Conference was held
at the exquisite Kane Center and I must say that
every community should have such a facility.
Nice folks, great food, support groups, medical
plaza, Area Agency on Aging…Whew!
Like the Kane Center, I think yesterday’s (125th)
Fearless Caregiver Conference included everything.
A morning question and answer panel that covered all
things to do with caregiving from before your
caregiving begins to preparing for after caregiving.
We dubbed the luncheon session our Afternoon of
The Two Mikes, Dr. Mike Tuchman and Mike Fowler.
Dr. Tuchman is a leading neurologist who really
knows how to communicate with those of us that find
it hard to spell neurological (me) and Mike Fowler
who is one of only nine dual board certified elder
care attorneys in Florida and also a great
It would take more than a month’s worth of
columns to detail all that was covered at the event
(hmmm..), but one of the conversations that stood
out for me started in the morning panel and
continued through the Afternoon of the Two Mikes.
That was about the value of considering brain bank
donations from your loved ones believed to have been
living with Alzheimer’s disease. This is extremely
important to consider since Alzheimer’s disease
cannot be diagnosed with absolute certainly until an
autopsy is performed. Science can be
accelerated by leaps and bounds with more usage of
brain banks and it is a real gift to your