Bombeck's classic teaches that even late in life, the cherries are still there; we just have to dig deeper in the bowl. Indeed, such fruits are necessary for survival. A special way to reach them is by reading and sharing a loved one's favorite book.
I can't help feeling angry sometimes, no matter how much I try to fend it off. What has my life come to? Why can't things just be a little easier? Why is she so mean sometimes? Why did my mother get this horrible disease in the first place?
The looming Alzheimer's crisis is too big a challenge for government, the public or the private sector to handle alone. But we need someone to lead the charge.
This perspective offers a reciprocally beneficial relationship for those experiencing the phenomenon and those that care about them, which in turn increases the quality of life for all. Looking at it this way offers a purpose to Alzheimer's.
People with Alzheimer's disease can become upset and agitated about things that happen to them. And when you, as the caregiver, witness your loved one's anguish, you may become distressed, too -- sometimes more so than your loved one.
My newborn son's name is Carlos, after my late grandfather. When my grandfather began losing his memory, he collected scraps of paper he saw on the st...
The directing debut of actor Chris Messina, Alex of Venice is as notable for what it doesn't do as for what it does. This is the story of a married parent suddenly forced to realign priorities when their spouse walks out. Think Kramer vs. Kramer - and then make the central character a woman instead of a man.
I hope you'll take the 05:46 to watch this video about Gladys Wilson and Naomi Feil. Maybe I'm just imagining it, but as I look out at the world I ...
Some hospitals have taken to internal decision-making protocols in which ethics committees collaborate with providers to make decisions. But often these mechanisms are not readily available to make a decision when one is needed.
Only when the vast majority of medical professionals choose to be forthright about the disclosure of Alzheimer's, will we all begin to see and understand the disease from the same point of view. As the stigma fades away, as it once did with cancer, we will step up our efforts to raise awareness, care for our loved ones and ultimately find a cure.
I asked Jennifer Krychowecky what she gave up during her nine-year journey caring for her mother, Linda Krychowecky, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 59. Her response was eye opening.
I haven't seen the movie "Still Alice" because my mother has Alzheimer's disease. While she slips away into the advanced stages of this ferocious illness, I can't watch anything that illustrates the journey my family is on.
While most doctors agree that people with moderate to severe dementia should not take the wheel, in the early stages, the medical consensus is that driving performance should be the determining factor of when to stop driving, not the disease itself.
Many people who have cared for a person with Alzheimer's can tell you shocking stories about their loved ones having moments of total lucidity.
It's clear that we're not prepared for what's coming -- the silver tsunami, the baby boomers that will bring a wave of Alzheimer's with them. In fact, this country is far from ready.
By learning more about the tremendous power within our brain, how it can adapt, regenerate and guard against cognitive decline, I am confident we will one day be able to reduce incidence, slow progression, and eventually prevent dementia through combined therapeutic protocols.