Given research indicating a possible link between football head injuries and Alzheimer's, one would think that the NFL would want to promote Alzheimer's Awareness Month each November.
A new study has identified nine potentially modifiable risk factors that may contribute to more than 75 percent of all Alzheimer's cases worldwide.
Once in awhile you read a book that touches you so deeply it changes your perspective. Bettyville by George Hodgman is one of those books. George and...
It seems that Alzheimer's is a devastating illness and that those who have it can never again enjoy life. But in the books of several experts on the disease, however, a somewhat different picture emerges.
When I approach my father, who has Alzheimer's, with an open mind, I see all that he is today. Each poem he sends me, every phone call, each bowl he spins on a wheel -- surely is a blessing. Each day he lives, he offers me a gift that spreads its wings to share with you.
The media should "follow the money" and shine light on why Alzheimer's research, along with assistance to those who already have Alzheimer's and their caregivers, is not receiving significantly more federal funding.
The Judy Fund has contributed to Alzheimer's Association mission activities including, research, care and advocacy, and most recently the focus has been on raising awareness and learning why women are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer's disease.
The brains of the mice who slept in a lateral (side) position were found to more efficiently remove waste when compared to the brains of supine (facing upward) or prone (facing downward) mice. Although human studies are still needed to confirm these findings, this experiment brings new insight on how sleep position affects the brain.
Alexandru was a close relative of Ed -- my beloved Romanian soulmate of 30 years. Alexandru was visiting Ed from out of town. One evening they had a long talk about a wide range of topics -- most of which concerned Alexandru's professional issues. The next day Ed had no memory of the visit, let alone what they had discussed.
Alzheimer's is a disease that not only destroys the life of the patient, but it also tries to rob them of the relationships in their lives on the way out. Their personality changes so drastically that sometimes you feel as if you no longer know them, even if you have loved them your entire life. This is just an illusion.
"Hope is a waking dream," Aristotle once wrote. Anything, indeed, is possible. Yet misplaced hopes prolong the nightmare. There is a bolus of mispla...
As communities begin to wrestle with the definition and designation of "dementia friendly," it is up to those of us in its early stages to speak with candor while we can, and for caregivers and families, secondary victims who are the keeper of the secrets and shame, to define what will help the most in the face of a nation in collective denial.
Sometimes it takes so little to bring joy to a person with Alzheimer's. The following story is a case in point. One day I arrived at the Alois Alzheimer Center to visit Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate. As soon as I got out of the car, I realized I'd forgotten to bring any "props" for the visit. I was going to have to be creative.
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.