If you're in your 20s, you probably don't spend much time thinking about Alzheimer's disease. However, as your parents and grandparents age, odds are you will be close enough to someone with the disease to understand just how devastating it can be.
Sometimes we go looking for something and find something else entirely, which is what happened to me when I finally began to read my mother's journals that she left behind when Alzheimer's claimed her seven years ago.
The need to involve hospice can be extremely difficult and even depressing. It's common to dwell on dark thoughts of impending death. Some families delay ordering hospice care because it would force them to acknowledge that the end is near and they just can't deal with that.
Here are five tips for caregivers looking to manage aggression in their loved ones with dementia:
Two-thirds of all the people who have ever lived past the age of 65 in the entire history of the world are alive today. For a more local reference, when our Constitution was crafted, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was barely 36 years and the median age was a mere 16. During the time of our founding fathers, there was no anticipation of an "age wave." In this regard, we are living in truly unchartered territory and longevity is humanity's new frontier. This demographic transformation will create new lifestyle, social contribution, and marketplace opportunities as well as potentially devastating medical, fiscal, and intergenerational crises. Are we prepared? No.
I never fear asking my mom any questions, for I know that immediately after everything disappears from her memory. Since this disease -- Alzheimer's -- runs in my family, when I forget simple things I am quite aware of it.
For Latino families, where language and culture can be a hindrance not only to early diagnosis, but also in finding an avenue to care, this education is key.
Nine years ago both of my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer's on the same day. My sister and I moved them out of the home in which they'd amassed heaps of everything that would not biodegrade throughout a 60-year marriage. I handled the bulk of the clean-out. Things were lost. Important things were lost.
Had I been able to discuss this decision with my closest friend when she could still discuss such matters with me, I think that Clare would have said that I should do whatever "feels right" to me. This decision to keep on writing about Alzheimer's issues, at least for the next few months, feels right to me.
The 2016 Presidential primaries are winding down, and the crucial national strategic issue of the growing population of people over age 85 hasn't yet received much attention.
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are more than 15 million people serving as caregivers to people with Alzheimer's. The Family Caregiver Alliance states that caregivers are at increased risk for declines in physical and mental health. Furthermore, the Alliance states that women experience worse health effects than men.
Diane Rehm, the treasured NPR host of The Diane Rehm Show and friend to UsAgainstAlzheimer's, has written a deeply personal, profoundly moving, incredibly honest book about her life before and after her husband's death.
One slides into caregiving. It's not like sliding into home plate because the baseball player is clearly conscious of his immediate goal, giving his...
My good friend Sandy Halperin, who has early onset Alzheimer's was recently honored along with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. with the 2016 Proxmire Award, which...
For decades prior to my mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's in 2001, we had suffered a strained relationship born from her alcoholism. When I learned she had Alzheimer's, my hope for reconciliation and forgiveness drained away -- along with her cognitive abilities.
The doctor left that space blank ... there is no mention of Alzheimer's disease. I am having trouble wrapping my mind around that part of Clare's death certificate.