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We are living longer and that's a big reason behind the explosion of Alzheimer's cases in the coming decades.

 

Dr. Richard MacDonell. 

 

"I think as people are living logner we are seeing more age related diseases that we weren't seeing 30 to 40 years ago when individuals had shorter life spans.  People are living with Alzheimers, dementia, Parkinson's and osteoporosis."

 

Alzheimer's is a devastating brain disease that eventually takes away a person's memory and cognitive abilities.

 

Adult children of aging parents are being forced to care for their eldelyl parents -- while they are raising their own children.

 

Ali Davidson is a senior advocate who used to own an in-home care facility in Bend.

She says families have to have the conversation on their final wishes before it's too late.

 

"We can't parent our parent.  You have to establish a peer to peer relationship with your parents.  They'll respond must better to a peer better than a child."

 

It may be an uncomfortable conversation, but an important to make sure your parent's wishes are realized.

 

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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