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Driving Safely With Dementia and Knowing When to Quit

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.13.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

While most doctors agree that people with moderate to severe dementia should not take the wheel, in the early stages, the medical consensus is that driving performance should be the determining factor of when to stop driving, not the disease itself.

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

Rena McDaniel | Posted 03.19.2015 | 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.

Is It Dementia Or Normal Aging? Now There's A Tool To Figure It Out

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.19.2015 | Fifty

Beneath the ubiquitous memory-loss jokes that midlifers make, there is a deep concern and fear of dementia. Now, Mayo Clinic researchers have develope...

How to Be A Better Alzheimer's Caregiver: Strategies for Success

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

One of the best things that any Alzheimer's caregiver can do is to educate themselves. It is important to be educated both on Alzheimer's disease and on the ins and outs of being a caregiver. Any successful caregiver should be up-to-date with the latest caregiving strategies and know the ins and outs of Alzheimer's disease and what changes it brings.

The Color Yellow

Greg O'Brien | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My mother, Virginia, loved yellow -- the color of the mind and the intellect, the third chakra in the solar plexus, representing personal power and ...

Remember Me: The Voice and The Neuroscientist's Mission to Cure Alzheimer's

Chris Mann | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Chris Mann

I'm pleased to consistently see Alzheimer's appearing on various television shows, hear segments about it on the radio and am happy it's becoming a mainstream topic. I'm beyond proud that Remember Me came into the world at this time of realization.

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.

Still Alice, Still Greg, Still Enduring

Greg O'Brien | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

And so, we need to push back with a battering ram against the stereotype that Alzheimer's is merely the horrid, inevitable final stage. While the end stage is devastating, the beginning and middle stages become a lonely, painful journey, the long kiss goodbye, which often begins 15 to 20 years before diagnosis. It robs one of self. It infantilizes. Alzheimer's is not your grandfather's disease. It could be your story some day.

Belling the Cat at Christmas Time

Greg O'Brien | Posted 02.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg O'Brien

Since I was a boy, my mother said that I had rocks in my head. Now, after decades, the rocks are literally calcifying, obstructing signals to my brain. Early onset Alzheimer's will do that.

The Doctor and the Patient

Greg O'Brien | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

Barry says you can fish on the flats for two hours -- an hour before and after low tide -- without having to worry. The tide, as it is with aging, creeps in deceptively.

Why Music: Telling the Story of Music and the Mind

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Meet Una Vida -- a jazz singer from New Orleans confronted with the daunting challenge of caring for herself as her mind and memory start to slip away...

The Food You Should Be Eating To Help Ward Off Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

For those looking to combat Alzheimer's, a new animal study is shedding light on a snack that may reduce the risk and even help prevent the disease: w...

Rivers of Our Memory

Greg O'Brien | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My prayer is that you will be moved to action by this film -- for yourself, for your children, and for your grandchildren. Alzheimer's, or related dementia, could be your story someday, or the story of a loved one.

Nobel Discovery Opens Window Onto Alzheimer's Disease

Reuters | Ben Hirschler | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty

The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body's internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medici...

Telling Time: The Vintage Design of Alzheimer's Clocks

Sarah Archer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Archer

There might be no clearer metaphor for mental clarity than that clock: we describe the timing of the very punctual among us as being like a "Swiss watch."

Punch Line: Delivering the Difficult News

Greg O'Brien | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

I had to tell my children that I was just diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a demon of a disease that had taken their maternal grandfather and grandmother. I learned early on in journalism that if you don't tell your story, someone else will tell it for you.

Wandering Solutions for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

According to the Alzheimer's Association, about 60 percent of people who suffer from dementia wander at some point. For caregivers, this can be frightening because many of those who wander off end up confused and lost, even in their own neighborhood, and are unable to communicate who they are or where they live. But there are things you can do to guard against this and protect your loved one.

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.

Sally Kirkland's Triumphant Return in 'Archaeology of a Woman'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

This week, making its New York City premiere, Writer/Director Sharon Greytak's gripping Archaeology of a Woman, plunges deeper into the portrait of dementia and its disturbing effects than any other recent film on the subject.

The Secret Art of Coping With Alzheimer's

Sally P. Flack | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Sally P. Flack

Could there be an art to helping a loved one who is stricken with this horrible disease?

Genetic Hand-Me-Downs

Greg O'Brien | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My grandmother, Loretta Sinnott Brown, called me "snippy snooper" as a young boy because I was always "snooping around," asking too many questions, fo...

A Place Called Pluto

Greg O'Brien | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

Anyone who doesn't think they are going to die some day, please raise your right hand. Death comes to all. In the natural we have little rule over ti...

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.

Diabetes Drug May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Reuters | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty

By Ransdell Pierson July 14 (Reuters) - A large German study is the latest clinical trial to suggest that a cheap generic treatment fo...

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...