Grieving isn't new for me, and it's been a long, long road -- this journey of saying goodbye to my father. Ronald Reagan called his Alzheimers the "long goodbye", and he was right. Since the day my mom called to tell me the news six years ago, it's been an incredibly difficult, painful but often beautiful experience.
A California Supreme Court majority decision recently determined that an employee of an in-home health care agency who was injured by a patient suffer...
I once made a presentation at an Alzheimer's caregiver support group. One gentleman - let's call him John - had long insisted to his son and daughter-...
Although I mourn the loss of my mother every day while she is still right in front of me, one thing keeps me holding on: she may not be able to express herself through the right words or call me by my name, I believe that she knows, deep down, that I will forever be her Melissa.
Could there be an art to helping a loved one who is stricken with this horrible disease?
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My grandmother, Loretta Sinnott Brown, called me "snippy snooper" as a young boy because I was always "snooping around," asking too many questions, fo...
If you have ever developed one for a vision, a dream, a purpose, a cause where the struggle to see it through seems challenging and overwhelming but you do not know how to stop fighting, you have not lost your mind, your passion is intentional and deliberate, it is what keeps the engine running.
I laid there in the dark for a moment, almost upset that I'd read it. I didn't want to go. I didn't want to be there for this -- the end. I didn't want to see my dad like that. I didn't want to do any of this.
But without a cure for Alzheimer's disease, we can only take productive aging so far. We can create opportunities for seniors, prevent heart disease and strokes and keep people physically healthy -- but if we cannot keep people from losing their minds we cannot ensure long, productive lives.
Some might say it is too late to participate but I would counter with that now is the perfect time for you to get involved and be Making A Difference!
No matter what approach is used to find a caregiver, it is important to remember that many times this process involves trial and error, and it isn't always simple. It is, however, an important process that must be taken seriously if the right caregiver is to be found.
Anyone who doesn't think they are going to die some day, please raise your right hand. Death comes to all. In the natural we have little rule over ti...
Without a doubt we will all die one day, but the question of how is largely dependent on your behavior. Whether of the heart, or of the brain, degenerative disease is not inevitable. Change your actions and you change your outcome!
Earlier this month I joined some of the world's preeminent physicians and neuroscientists in Copenhagen for the Alzheimer's Association's International Conference, which featured more than 100 sessions on a diverse range of Alzheimer's topics. Those sessions represent an incredible amount of new material and research to digest, so I've narrowed down the highlights.
The more active our community becomes, the more visible we are and the stronger our voice, the harder it will be for elected officials, policy makers, corporate America and the voters to ignore us.