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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

PsychCentral.com | 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.

Dementia: A Silent Crisis That May Bankrupt America

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

Unless we research and fund ways to treat and prevent neurodegenerative diseases, the Baby Boomers will become a huge burden upon taxpayers and families alike, devastating the young financially even as they themselves are destroyed from within.

When Dementia Drains The Pocketbook

The New York Times | Paula Span | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

By Paula Span The New York Times Wendy Miller first became alarmed when her mother began complaining during their phone conversations. "I'm spending ...

A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer's Community

Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D.

For the 11 million Americans caring for a husband, wife, family member, or friend with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, this New Year's Eve will be more hopeful than usual because Congress has finally voted to establish the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA).

Caregivers Need The Gift Of Respites

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Family caregivers are truly heroic, but they are regular people with limits. Everyone needs and deserves breaks from stresses in their life.

Remembering My Dad Before Alzheimer's

Susan J. Cobb | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan J. Cobb

Did I mistake his waning passion for mellowing, instead of recognizing the black hole where there was no one there? I have no question about one thing: Alzheimer's sucks.

Tips For Visiting Loved Ones With Memory Loss This Holiday Season

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Understandably, visits with loved ones who have memory loss can be stressful and intimidating. Some friends and family members fear that their loved one won't remember them, worry about saying the wrong thing.

Chuck Kellar, Artist With Alzheimer's Disease, Continues To Find Inspiration Through His Work

AOL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Chuck Kellar fans can recognize his signature work in seconds, but the artist often forgets which pieces are his shortly after painting them. Kellar ...

The Coming Epidemic Of Alzheimer's Disease

Gary W. Small, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gary W. Small, M.D.

The age wave of seniors at risk for Alzheimer's disease isn't a U.S. phenomenon. A considerable economic burden augments the emotional and practical challenges we face worldwide.