Unless we tackle dementia as a public health challenge, and develop effective prevention, it is on a trajectory to become a dramatically more devastating global crisis. The time to address it -- and invest in the research needed to develop strategies of prevention as well as treatment -- is now.
Tomorrow I will take over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory.
To the senators from the many states of denial, YOUR health is at stake. Aging senators (their median age is 61) should consider how much their own personal health may depend on fetal tissue and stem cell research. Our understanding of various diseases resulting in dementia, blindness, or other disabilities has expanded in part because of research done on donated fetal tissue.
On both my other article archive site and on this site, I have chosen to respond only to comments emailed directly to me as opposed to responding to c...
Eighteen days ago I took over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory. She's not always sure where she is, what year it is, or that the conversations on the TV aren't actually happening in reality.
I urge all Alzheimer's caregivers, as well as their friends and family to fully embrace technology and take advantage of the many benefits and improvements it can bring into your lives. But a word of caution: don't let it take over your life and become a substitute for the things that really matter.
Whereas loved ones with Alzheimer's eventually forget their caregivers, their caregivers do not forget them. Caregivers remember all too well. Sometimes I start crying when Clare falls asleep, cuddled in my arms. I find it so hard to see her continue to decline, especially on those days when she isn't completely sure of who I am.
12 days ago I took over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory. ...
Many Alzheimer's caregivers become so invested in the demanding job of taking care of an individual with dementia that they find themselves at risk of burning out. Caring for someone with this disease can be stressful and overwhelming and this can lead to burnout, and in many cases serious issues such as depression.
Watching your spouse of nearly 50 years slowly dying of Alzheimer's is pure sadness. I am sad that Alzheimer's has taken away my best friend, my wife, my lover. I am sad each day when I see Clare as a shell of her former self.
It's possible that alkaline water could offer some benefits, to some people, in certain circumstances. But until we learn more, I suggest you save your money: Stick to tap water most of the time.
Choosing to participate in psychotherapy can be a difficult decision. It's easy to make a list of excuses to put it off -- it costs too much, I don't ...
Advances in biomedical and pharmaceutical research continue to occur at a dizzying pace. Yet the process of moving these discoveries out of the lab and into the real world where they can benefit people is frustratingly slow.
I am frustrated that our nation has not yet made the commitment to fund Alzheimer's disease research properly, and frustration is a difficult emotion to deal with at times.
When most of us think of Alzheimer's disease, our first thought isn't usually of the quiet caregiver alongside the patient, devoting their time to helping someone living with the disease. But caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease is often a full-time job, taking its toll on the caregiver.
There is nothing about Alzheimer's that is easy. Not for the person who has the disease, nor the person caring for them. Changes are happening sometimes at lightning speed and at other times seems to creep slowly forward like lava from a volcano. Swallowing everything in its path.