As the world continues to search for that magic bullet, one approach that will never be out of style is to take a person-centered approach with the person who has to navigate the world of memory loss.
Parents are driven by a need for control, and their adult children are driven by a need to solve problems, get things done, and tick items off a to-do list. That disconnect can be crazymaking -- for both sides.
Ed had been charming and chivalrous for as long as I had known him. One might have expected these qualities to disappear once he developed Alzheimer's, but the opposite occurred. He became even more charismatic than before.
OK guys, be warned: this is one of the most heartwarming stories you'll read on National Pet Day.
America's Baby Boomers are transfixed by the rapidly declining health of their parents: embarrassing incontinence one day, excruciating constipation a...
Thanks to the National Alzheimer's Project Act, we now have a National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. However, without sufficient funds to implement the Plan, we will fail to accomplish its most transformational goal: to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's by 2025.
Thanks to the economic crisis, the American dream of retirement in our 60s is dead or dying. Eighty is the new 60. But is this really that bad of an outcome? Your brain sees a silver lining.
The man I'm writing about is no longer with us. That is what dementia does; it steals the essence of the person. You lose your loved one before you lose them.
There's Cheese... and then there's cheese, and then, if the cheese is in your snax, it's probably cheeze. Cheeze isn't Cheese, or cheese. It's those...
My dad couldn't always remember my name, but he could sing every word of "The Blue Skirt Waltz." When he danced with his youngest granddaughter to Frankie Yankovic, the effects of his dementia disappeared into a polka beat.
Whatever projections exist for long term healthcare costs, unless we get on top of the Alzheimer's crisis, those projections are likely to be way understated. Due to the near perfect correlation between aging and Alzheimer's, the longevity miracle of the 20th century is yielding a health crisis for the 21st.
As I drove along the highway, I noticed it was what my mom likes to call, 'A blue, white and green day.' That epitomizes Florida to her. Vibrant blue sky. White puffy clouds. Luscious green foliage. My dad had spent nearly 12 years here living out his retirement dream. Until the hell that is dementia entered our lives.
The study, published last week in the journal Neurology, found that the number of people who die from Alzheimer's may be five times higher than previously thought, partly because death certificates often fail to list Alzheimer's as a contributing cause of death.
A new study has revealed that there are more uncounted victims of Alzheimer's disease than previously expected.
Sexual urges can run hot and bothered long after an Alzheimer's diagnosis -- in ways that can often leave surprised targets simply bothered.
I sat in my supervisor's office and wiped away my tears as Karen told me that yes, the memory of that entire week was already gone. She had seen many families torn apart by Alzheimer's and now here I was, going through the same thing.