As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.
We've known for quite a while that some people seem to escape cognitive decline well into their nineties and beyond. Intriguingly, the brains of these sharp older people often reveal the extensive abnormalities like the 'plaques' and 'tangles' seen in people with Alzheimer's.
My mother, Bea Lerner, was a powerhouse. Politics was her passion. Back in 1960, John F. Kennedy credited her with winning New Jersey -- a pivotal state -- for his election.
I have been a family caregiver my entire adult life, and I often feel like I'm running a marathon, but I don't know where the finish line is.
These high phenolic olive oils -- or HPOOs as they are now being called -- are being discovered as more and more olive growers learn of these studies and the potential to measure and sort their oils and supply them to a growing health conscious market.
Without even realizing it - in my denial, I still didn't acknowledge that Ed has Alzheimer's - I'd solved this first serious dementia-related problem.
For caregivers currently not in support groups, I would strongly recommend that you find out if an appropriate group is meeting nearby and, if so, that you attend a few meetings to see if you can learn as much from your group as I have learned from mine. If that is not an option, consider joining an online support group.
Alzheimer's is a complex disease; the brain is a mysterious wonder and I was struck on the kind of messages that are repeatedly told and how that plays into self-perception.
To a great extent, our attitudes about long-term care facilities and people with dementia influence how we view them. We must look at the roses and let the thorns pass into the background.
As a culture we seem overly concerned, at least the baby boomers among us, with wrinkle prevention. We have the soft approach: creams, scrubs and lotions. We have the serious stuff: lasers, botox, fillers, surgery and some ominous sounding choices.
Palliative care for people at the end of life is meant to ease their physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. However, in many parts of the world, especially in poorer economies, it is still unknown.
A common locus of invisible need is found in the families struggling with Alzheimer's. One single person may have the disease, but the impact is felt by an entire family. And the ripples alter an entire faith community.
China has officially lifted its one-child policy as part of their 13th Five Year Plan. The issue is whether the colossal demographic consequences on economic growth can find solutions.
I yearn to hear my parents tell me all about their lives. Without realizing it, I took for granted that my parents would always be around to tell me about their dreams, their desires and their lives. Mom can no longer tell me much about anything since she now has Alzheimer's.
Many times, just supporting loved one with Alzheimer's and being there to help with some of their most basic daily tasks is just what they need to make every day more enjoyable.
The answer in my mind to the epidemic problems of Alzheimer's disease, depression, and obesity is not to look for separate causes or cures for these problems, but rather to think of them as different expressions of the same unhealthy lifestyle.