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How to Tell If a Loved One Has Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

If you find yourself faced with these 10 signs of dementia, please get help for your loved one. And seek help for yourself too, so that you can deal with your loved one's illness effectively.

Remembering to Forget

Grant Ginder | Posted 03.13.2013 | Books
Grant Ginder

Lately, I can't help but think that as my grandmother slips away from me, maybe it's in that instant where I can find a silver lining. As her memories betray her and abandon her, maybe they're also making room for someone to paint something a little better.

Soul Singer Diagnosed With Brain Disease

AP | Posted 03.04.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member told the BBC in a recent interview t...

New Hope For Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 12.13.2012 | Fifty

A diabetes drug that never made it to the market could possibly restore memory for those affected by Alzheimer's, a new study found. How is diabete...

Four Things To Know If You're Worried About Memory Loss

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.25.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

A few weeks ago my sister sent me an apologetic email. She had forgotten my son's birthday. The same week she couldn't remember where she parked her car and she lost one of her favorite earrings. Her excuse? "I'm a card carrying member of the "I can't remember sh*t club," she said.

Alzheimer's: Now Is the Time to Find a Cure

James Keach | Posted 12.18.2012 | Fifty
James Keach

Now is the time. The end of Alzheimer's starts with all of us.

My Mother's Ghost

John Malik | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
John Malik

It's the third time in an hour that my mom has called and now we're in the middle of dinner, so I tell the kids that I'll call her back, but I really don't want to. My mother has been in an assisted living community for a year and her Alzheimer's-induced dementia has steadily spirited her away.

Overnight Dementia 'Camp' Allows Caregivers Rest

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty

NEW YORK — Just after 10 p.m., when most people their age are going to sleep, a group of elderly folks suffering from dementia are just getting ...

Knowing When to Say Goodbye

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Right away, my dog's life flashed before my eyes. I pictured him as an 8-week-old puppy with huge floppy ears and then as a rambunctious hulking 5-year-old. That's when I knew, hard as it was, that we made the right decision.

Now What? Treatment Options for Alzheimer's Disease

Leann Reynolds | Posted 10.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

There is ongoing to research to find medications that will not just treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, but hopefully stop or slow the progress of it. In order to develop new treatments, volunteers are needed for clinical trials.

When To Worry About Forgetfulness | Deborah Bier, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2012 | Healthy Living

We middle-aged people caring for parents, children, spouses, paid work, personal projects, volunteer work -- and somehow squeezing in a little time fo...

A Revolutionary Storytelling Machine to Fight Alzheimer's, Connect Generations

Matthew Ross Smith | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Matthew Ross Smith

My goal is to shake 10,000 hands in 100 days. For anyone who will take 30 seconds to talk to me, I'll offer a self-addressed, pre-stamped postcard with instructions to share a single memory -- "a story you don't want to be forgotten" and mail it back to me.

Basic Research: The Fountain About to Run Dry

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2012 | Science
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

Biology is an intrinsically artisan discipline: it looks like a crazy quilt of intricately interwoven threads (take a look at the diagram of any biological pathway and you get the picture, let alone how things translate across scales).

You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don't: Making a Film in an Alzheimer's Unit

Scott Kirschenbaum | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Scott Kirschenbaum

In the fall of 2008, I wrote a screenplay I intended to film entirely in an Alzheimer's unit. After many weeks of rehearsals, I arrived at a troubling realization: I was not just making a challenging film -- I was making the wrong film.

A Bold New Attack on the Alzheimer's Scourge

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Hodin

What if a preeminent global health authority declared there's a public health "time bomb" among us? What if he were the person most responsible for leading the coalition that turned HIV/AIDS from a certain death sentence into a manageable illness?

Connecting With Alzheimer's Patients -- Even in the Latest Stages of the Disease

Marie Marley | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

There are four activities that can typically reach persons at all stages of Alzheimer's disease. Being visited by a child is one of them, as young Max discovered. Others include having a visit from a pet, listening to or playing music and observing or creating artwork.

Minding The Brain: Strategies To Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There has been enormous attention of late to the grim and genuinely frightening problem of Alzheimer's disease. The problem is grim by its very nature -- there is little we contemplate with greater dread than the loss of our minds, our very selves.

Meet the Mental Health Needs of People With Dementia

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun to develop a long-term plan regarding dementia. The planning advisory committee for this project includes a representative of the Substance Abuse and Services Administration and representatives of other federal agencies.

Does Adiponectin Cause Or Prevent Alzheimer's Dementia?

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

It might very well be the case that adequate adiponectin activity may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's. However, resistance to the hormone may prevent the body from benefitting from the those effects. Further research is needed to resolve this new puzzle.

Could This Be The Key To A Healthy Brain?

Gary W. Small, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Gary W. Small, M.D.

My wife's 103-year-old grandmother lived in a third floor walk-up apartment in New York City. The exercise she got on those stairs and errands may not only have protected her heart so she could live past 100, it may also have protected her brain.

Medical Innovation and Shortening the Long Goodbye

John Horton | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
John Horton

Today, too many families face President Reagan's "long goodbye" -- and too many Alzheimers' victims know, even as the disease begins to rob them of their memories, of the pain their families will face.

Helicobacter Pylori and Alzheimer's

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

The common bacteria, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), has recently come into focus as a contributing factor in a variety of human health problems. Over the last few years, research has suggested H. pylori infection might also be a risk factor in the development of Alzheimer's.

Can Vitamin-like PQQ Help Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Dementia?

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

Many things remain to be determined before PQQ can conclusively be said to be a vitamin in human biology and nutrition.

Climbing the Seven Highest Peaks of the World to Raise Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease

Alan Arnette | Posted 11.28.2011 | Impact
Alan Arnette

Standing on the summits of the highest mountains of the world's continents has been rewarding as a mountaineer. Sending our message of hope, need and urgency to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease has been overwhelming.

Is Prevention The Only Answer To The Alzheimer's Epidemic?

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

There is no need to completely stop our search for the "magic bullet" to cure Alzheimer's disease. We may yet come upon a way to stop Alzheimer's in its tracks.