The aging brain goes through predictable changes, and as a result, old age is usually accompanied by some cognitive decline, even dementia. Happily, some of the risk factors for mental aging are open to intervention.
I remember reading somewhere that people with Alzheimer's enjoy being with others like them. The following story clearly illustrates that.
However, LBD is not a rare disease. The second most common form of dementia, it affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States, and millions more across the world.
Alzheimer's disease is a deadly serious topic, and deservedly so. But sometimes laughter is the best medicine. So I'm going to share some amusing stories about my colorful, eccentric life partner, Ed. He also found them funny and we both had a good laugh! I was laughing with him -- not at him.
My mother died three years ago. Every morning I wake up, and without thinking I put on her robe. Of all the precious things she gave me; a sense of humor, a love of Mondays, her favorite ring and her golf shoes, it is her robe I love the most. It is soft, pink, and what was.
Even when interactions get overwhelming or they seem like a lot to handle, it is important to stick with it and keep visiting them, even if they don't necessarily know who you are.
America is leading the world in scientific discoveries and technological advances, and key to that is the independence of the scientific process that has served American innovation so well in the past. It's essential to protect that process and ensure that scientific merit is determined by scientific peers.
The good news is that with some common sense, cooperation from others, and the willingness to be flexible, not only will you survive, but this season of wonders will become a time to create new memories and traditions -- ones that will bring joy for years to come.
That extremely stressful caregiving experience was to be the seed of an exciting transformation. Life gave me a lemon and so, although I didn't plan it and really wasn't even aware of it, I made lemonade.
Thanks to celebrities like Glen Campbell willing to tell their stories, many more people are now familiar with Alzheimer's -- the deadly disease that slowly robs a person's memory and ability to perform everyday activities.
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...
Two groups of people are especially vulnerable to the fear they are getting dementia - those who have a loved one with dementia and those who work with dementia patients, say at a nursing home or assisted living memory care unit.
We recognize that it's more common to talk about Millennials instead of to them, particularly when it comes to the topic of aging, but you've truly earned your place at the table. Now that you're here with fresh perspective from your generation, here's an idea for your first term.
The journey for every Alzheimer's caregiver is hard. The road is filled with unexpected turns, bumps, detours and dead ends. It's easy to lose your way. Anger, confusion and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness are common.
Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is a highly controversial issue. Many people would rather die than do it. But in some -- not all -- cases, such placement may actually be the best solution for the patient.
As Kathleen reminded me, I need to stop killing off my mother. I have the rest of my life to grieve after she dies. For today, all Mom wants is for me to be with her... now.