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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.

Preparing to Let Go -- Caring for Mom: Day 0 -- One Alzheimer's Caregiver's Experience

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

Tomorrow I will take over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory.

Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers: Preventing Burnout

Eric J. Hall | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Many Alzheimer's caregivers become so invested in the demanding job of taking care of an individual with dementia that they find themselves at risk of burning out. Caring for someone with this disease can be stressful and overwhelming and this can lead to burnout, and in many cases serious issues such as depression.

In Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving May Be Just As Trying As the Disease Itself

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

When most of us think of Alzheimer's disease, our first thought isn't usually of the quiet caregiver alongside the patient, devoting their time to helping someone living with the disease. But caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease is often a full-time job, taking its toll on the caregiver.

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse: Anger

Allan S. Vann | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Alzheimer's disease has absolutely no redeeming value. It is a disease that causes great pain for those who have it, and great pain for their caregivers. I hate what is happening and will continue to happen to Clare. I am angry that I cannot have my best friend, my wife, my lover to be with me to share what I had hoped would be our long retirement years.

Laugh at the Crazy -- Another Day Living With Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

It's 3:00 am. and you are probably wondering why I'm not sound asleep. It's because I now live in a sauna. Right about the time that menopause hit, momma moved in with the hubby and I. Wanting her to be comfortable I taught her how to use the thermostat.

The Sounds Of Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

She heads on into the kitchen. The morning is when mom is at her best. You can almost pretend that she is well and fine ... almost.

The Dark Days Caring For My Mother With Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

In September of 2013 my husband and I decided to move my mother who was in the early stages of Alzheimer's in with us. We put her stuff into storage, gave her our small spare bedroom and watched her plummet drastically. It was devastating.

Resolutions for Dementia Caregivers

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

For a person who bears the onerous responsibility of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, the new year always brings a heavy emotional burden.

Alzheimer's And The Holidays: 15 Tips For Navigating The Season

AlzLIVE | Posted 02.23.2015 | Fifty

Cards, calendars and crackers, the holidays can be stressful for Alzheimer's caregivers: The Survivor's Action Plan. Demands increase during the holidays, while resources -- personal and financial -- may be in shorter supply. Here are the insiders' tips to help you navigate the season.

How My Mother And I Are Handling Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.13.2014 | Fifty
Mardra Sikora

My mother is a character from a Tennessee Williams play... but without a Southern accent. I am her second child and was born when she was 16 years old. Her childhood was cut short and never spoken of in a way that imparted a sense of safety or innocence. Each man she ran away with she hoped would rescue her from the last. She gave up every child she bore to some degree.

5 Tips for Surviving Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Late one evening I was deeply immersed in writing a short story when I was startled by the phone ringing. Must be Ed I thought. But it wasn't. It wa...

The Unexpected Face of Alzheimer's

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

The more active our community becomes, the more visible we are and the stronger our voice, the harder it will be for elected officials, policy makers, corporate America and the voters to ignore us.

Memory Is Everything -- Until You Lose It

Greg O'Brien | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

"Memory is everything. Without it we are nothing," observed neuroscientist Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research...

Smart Ways To Beat The Stress Of Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Bethany's mother has Alzheimer's and Bethany is the primary caregiver. In fact she's the only caregiver. She's on duty 24/7 and, after three years in this role she often feels physically and mentally exhausted. If only she had some time to herself. She used to love photography but hasn't had time for that since before her mother got sick.

How My Granddad's Disease Makes My Heart Stronger

Laura McCarter | Posted 07.27.2014 | Teen
Laura McCarter

In my mind I compare it to people walking through a forest as the sky gets dark: they just need a flashlight to help find their path. In my mind that is what my family members and I are doing; we're flashlights guiding my granddad through everyday tasks.

Is Innovation in Memory Care Overrated?

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

As the world continues to search for that magic bullet, one approach that will never be out of style is to take a person-centered approach with the person who has to navigate the world of memory loss.

10 Creative Ways to Help When Your Help Isn't Wanted

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

Parents are driven by a need for control, and their adult children are driven by a need to solve problems, get things done, and tick items off a to-do list. That disconnect can be crazymaking -- for both sides.

9 Ideas For Music Therapy For Alzheimer's Patients At Home

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 06.04.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

My dad couldn't always remember my name, but he could sing every word of "The Blue Skirt Waltz." When he danced with his youngest granddaughter to Frankie Yankovic, the effects of his dementia disappeared into a polka beat.

What It's Like To Watch My Mother As Alzheimer's Creeps In

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Memory is tricky, even people without Alzheimer's forget where they put their keys or why they went upstairs. Was I looking for something in the bedroom? Yes, that's right, I need a sweater.

Let's Celebrate Great Frontline Caregivers

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Getting to know a person with memory loss enables us to discover their unmet need in order to know how to respond and is one of the keys to providing excellent memory care.