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Alzheimers Caregiving

The Day Mom Forgot

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Gordon Bennett

The imagery that lie before me seared into my subconscious tormenting me for weeks -- that gray, rotted look of cauliflower representing parts of my m...

The Importance of Early Alzheimer's Detection and Recognition

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 06.03.2016 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Putting politics aside, President Ronald Reagan was an extraordinary Alzheimer's victim role model. Reagan recognized and publicly acknowledged his d...

What I Discovered About Dad From Reading Mom's Journals

Melissa Reed | Posted 05.23.2016 | Fifty
Melissa Reed

Sometimes we go looking for something and find something else entirely, which is what happened to me when I finally began to read my mother's journals that she left behind when Alzheimer's claimed her seven years ago.

Better Than Chopped Liver as an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Deborah Swiss | Posted 04.27.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Swiss

Being better than chopped liver was sometimes a lofty goal during the five and a half years I provided Alzheimer's care for my mother Peg. Toward the ...

Did You Feed the Dog?

Beverly Booher | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Beverly Booher

"I fed the dog, mom", I bantered, as I paced passed her into my office. Within a moment, I heard her bellow from her cushiony throne, "Did you feed the dog?" "Yes, mom, the dog's been fed!!"

When Your Mother With Alzheimer's No Longer Recognizes You

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 03.16.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

As the first week of our visit came to an end, I was hoping to see mom become more aware. Fortunately, during week one, each day mom seemed to become a little more alive. I could see she was yearning for the warmth of our human touch. I only wished that she would recognize me as her daughter.

The Golden Rule For Alzheimer's Care

Deborah Swiss | Posted 03.03.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Swiss

Trial and error as an Alzheimer's caregiver taught me that it's better to be patient than to be right. That golden rule and the two magic words 'OK Mom' rescued my sanity on many a day as advancing Alzheimer's tightened its grip on my mother Peg.

The Discrimination Caregivers Can Face In The Workforce

Anthony Cirillo | Posted 02.19.2016 | Fifty
Anthony Cirillo

Call it the elephant in the closet. Family caregivers in the workforce. Six in 10 caregivers are employed while caring for a loved one. Among them, 56 percent work full time.

The Best Lesson I learned From Alzheimer's Care

Deborah Swiss | Posted 01.20.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Swiss

Alzheimer's care had begun to take its toll. Exhausted, a light bulb finally turned on in my head: If something doesn't change, stress might just do m...

The Etiquette of Alzheimer's

Yvonne Durant | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Yvonne Durant

Don't say, "Do you remember me?" or jump into a reminiscence of past times together. People with Alzheimer's have enough don'ts and deficits. Their brains are already dissing them; they don't need you to do so, too.

Caring for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Alzheimer's caregivers often devote their lives to taking care of their loved ones, and that is admirable. But in order to take good care of their loved ones, AD caregivers must also take good care of themselves.

The Silver Lining Of Alzheimer's Disease I Never Anticipated

Christina Consolino | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Christina Consolino

I hope to hear that belly laugh reverberate off the walls, see the crinkles form at the corners of her eyes as she smiles, to watch her enjoy each day like it's her last. Because one day, it will be her last day, and I want for her to experience joy unlike that which she's ever felt before.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 12.23.2015 | New York
Lou-Ellen Barkan

As you and your wife consider your philanthropic options, please consider the following: in less than 30 years, as many as 26 million Americans will either have Alzheimer's or be taking care of someone who does.

What Alzheimer's Care Did For My Sense Of Humor

Deborah Swiss | Posted 12.18.2015 | Fifty
Deborah Swiss

As my Mom's Alzheimer's advanced, my personal goals grew simpler. I was determined to hang on to at least a shred of my sense of humor. This proved challenging when my mother Peg refused to take her meds or when I stayed awake through the night to prevent her from wandering in a nearby park.

Uneven Transitions for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

I want Clare to be happy. But I also want to move forward with my own life, apart from Clare, to avoid returning to the daily depression, sadness and loneliness of the past few years. It appears, however, that my transitions from now on may be very uneven.

A Song for the Alzheimer's Journey

Deborah Swiss | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Alzheimer's caregiving is the toughest job I've ever known but it also vividly distills what's really important in life. For five and a half years, I cared for my mother, Peg Swiss, as advanced Alzheimer's tightened its grip on her brain.

My Mom's Had Alzheimer's For 12 Years, And This Is All I Can Do

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Mom has no understanding of how her life has been wiped away by such a horrific disease. So how is my mom doing? She'd doing good, and how am I doing? I'm also doing good, which is a conscious decision that I have made.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups

Allan S. Vann | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

For caregivers currently not in support groups, I would strongly recommend that you find out if an appropriate group is meeting nearby and, if so, that you attend a few meetings to see if you can learn as much from your group as I have learned from mine. If that is not an option, consider joining an online support group.

5 Steps for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Allan S. Vann | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Once a loved one receives an Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis, there are five actions that should be taken as soon as possible. If important actions are taken while your loved one is still in early stages, these important decisions can be made together.

This Is What Alzheimer's Won't Take Away

James Barrett | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
James Barrett

Alzheimer's will never define her. It's not my grandmother's story. Alzheimer's is not her triumphs, not her love, her accomplishments, her passion or her being. It never will be.

A Lesson From Those With Physical Disabilities

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Trish Vradenburg

This is America's hometown family disease. Until there is a means of prevention and treatment for Alzheimer's, each of us, in our hometowns across the country, should welcome back millions too afraid to come out of the shadows.

In Full View: Simple Rules for Living With an Alzheimer's Patient

Ellen Snortland | Posted 09.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Ellen Snortland

When I see a new bump on my arm, my default reaction is often, "It's cancer!" Similarly, my memory "burps" elicit an "OMG, it's Alzheimer's!" Forget...

Alzheimer's Caring Costs

Allan S. Vann | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

We need to begin a national conversation about how we can provide financial assistance for Alzheimer's caregivers. The daily emotional stress of caring is great enough. We must find ways to reduce the additional stress on caregivers caused by the high cost of providing this care.

Why I Love Being Bipolar

Marie Marley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I thought long and hard before deciding to publish this article. There is still a strong stigma attached to mental illness. I had to think seriously about whether I wanted to reveal this very personal information.

The Judy Fund: Fighting to Keep the Memories

Greg O'Brien | Posted 08.17.2015 | Impact
Greg O'Brien

The Judy Fund has contributed to Alzheimer's Association mission activities including, research, care and advocacy, and most recently the focus has been on raising awareness and learning why women are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer's disease.