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Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer's Funding: An Assault on Health Care Costs

George Vradenburg | Posted 09.22.2013 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

If the U.S. can make the needed strategic investments in Alzheimer's research today, it will pave the way not only for its own fiscal and economic health, but also for that of other nations.

WATCH: Living With Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.23.2013 | Fifty

A former prison chaplain, Ron Grant, 60, used to read constantly. "I have several degrees... I had to read books all the time," Grant told Huff Post L...

A Tragic Diagnosis Hasn't Shaken This Marriage

Marie Marley | Posted 09.19.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When I received the diagnosis I cried much of the time. I lost weight. I didn't want to tell anyone about it. I kept wondering -- why me? I felt like an impaired person. I had spent all my life helping other people and here I was needing so much help myself.

How To Talk To Children About Alzheimer's Disease

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Eric J. Hall

Preparing young people for the drastic changes that will take place over the progression of this disease can help make their interactions with their loved one with Alzheimer's better and more effective.

Chatting with Booker T. Jones and Anton Fig, The Young Presidents at Alzheimer's Benefit, and Leerone and Rainbow Chan Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Artists Ivan Neville, Anton Fig, Blondie Chaplin, Corey Glover, Adam Ezra and others will perform with The Young Presidents on July 25th at New York's The Cutting Room. Anton Fig talks about the event and more in the below interview.

The Alzheimer's Reality: A Nation in Diapers

Deborah Swiss | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Like many diagnosed with Alzheimer's, my mother was angry and hostile in the early phases. Four years later, she's helpless and docile. The woman who managed a busy medical practice has no idea what day or year it is.

Dementia and Wandering: A View From Search and Rescue

Dave Baldridge | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dave Baldridge

We'll see more senior citizen wanderers in cities, parks, suburbs, and wilderness. Search and rescue teams do their best to mitigate the often-devastating effects of wandering, but they can't prevent the incidents.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Taking Vacations Is Possible

Eric J. Hall | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Remember that as a caregiver you deserve time to yourself and that you are doing this to make yourself a better caretaker for your loved one. Not taking care of yourself will only harm your loved one in the end.

Nonprofit Fundraising Is Not Enough: Government Needs to Fund More Research for Alzheimer's

Shar McBee | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Shar McBee

Do you plan to live to 85? If you do, there's a 1 in 3 chance you'll have Alzheimer's. Here's the bad news: There is no cure.

Kids Go to Court for Their Dad

Kate MacDonald | Posted 08.26.2013 | Fifty
Kate MacDonald

Imagine waking to an unfamiliar hospital-looking room. You recognize no one; you can't remember how you got there. Everyone you ask lies. This is not a Kafkaesque torture scene. It is happening here in America, to my 87-year old father.

Promoting Independence for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

It may not always be easy to be patient while your loved one with memory loss manages these routine activities, but remember to take a deep breath, keep calm and help them to be successful each day.

We Are Women, Hear Us Roar

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Trish Vradenburg

Here is the Alzheimer's disease reality: Women are twice as likely as men to have Alzheimer's. Women are also twice as likely as men to be caretakers of Alzheimer's victims. Have I gotten your attention yet?

The Power of Compassion

Eric J. Hall | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While it may not be the most innovative approach, but clearly a necessary one for success, compassion is moving Alzheimer's disease to the top of the list on the national and global "things to get done today."

Mom's Mind May Be Gone, But Her Heart Still Wants What Her Heart Wants

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.

Don't Leave Music to the Pros

Sadie Dingfelder | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Sadie Dingfelder

Recent studies have shown that playing an instrument reduces stress, prevents hearing loss and may even stave off Alzheimer's disease.

An Unexpected Form Of Therapy

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Baby Doll, as I call her, has reinforced something I already knew but had never put into words. The instinct to show affection is strong. We humans need love and kindness and we need to give it in return.

The One Thing I Wish I'd Told My Grandfather

Marina Renton | Posted 08.10.2013 | Teen
Marina Renton

"What are you thinking about?" I asked June,* a long-time resident who was sitting very upright in a dark blue armchair, eyes fixed firmly on the middle distance. June looked at me, and her expression changed from intent to worry.

Researchers Find Alzheimer's Warnings Years Before Symptoms Show

Posted 05.14.2013 | Fifty

Researchers have figured out new ways to identify who is at risk of developing Alzheimer's, an incurable brain disease that affects 5.4 million Americ...

What It's Like When A Family Member Has Alzheimer's

Audrey Chou | Posted 05.09.2013 | Teen
Audrey Chou

I hated Alzheimer's for invading our lives and stealing away my great-grandmother. I hated it for making my mother cry and forcing us all to confront the inescapable finale. But I needed this disease and my great-grandmother to tell me I did not know everything.

A Musical About Alzheimer's?

AP | JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The words "musical" and "Alzheimer's disease" aren't often used together. Yet Sara Cooper's new work, "The Memory Show," turns out t...

If May Is Older Americans Month, Why Is Obama Proposing Cuts in Medicare and Social Security?

Janet Mason | Posted 06.29.2013 | Fifty
Janet Mason

Recently, I have been visiting my old friend and literary colleague, Anita Cornwell, 89, who has dementia and is in a nursing home. She has been several stages of care at the same nursing home and is now in hospice. Anita is one of the lucky ones.

How to Cope With Alzheimer's and Intimacy

Jan Dougherty | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Jan Dougherty

Hearing the word "intimacy'' can often make people uncomfortable, and many people do not like talking about it. Yet, it is an issue that surfaces in many ways in the journey of dementia, impacting relationships and adding challenges to the caregiving role.

Obama's Crowning Achievement

William Laney | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
William Laney

On the morning of April 2, the president announced to a gathering of luminaries in the East Room of The White House a new and ambitious, decade-long research effort to uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders.

These Are Actually NO Help In Stopping Memory Loss

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.15.2013 | Fifty

Bad news for adults hoping to prevent mild cognitive decline: a recent review of published research has found that drugs, herbal products or vitamin s...

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Try a Walk to Help Reduce Stress and Benefit Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Caregivers need to find ways to decrease their stress levels in order to remain physically healthy and maintain their emotional welfare. Getting outdoors and taking a walk every day can be a great way to reduce stress.