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Why I Bought My 80-Year-Old Mother a Tiara

Emma Nicholson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Emma Nicholson

I decided this Christmas to give her something to remind her of how special she is and how much fun there is yet to be had...

People With Alzheimer's Say the Darndest Things

Marie Marley | Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Many times, the person is aware, and even proud, he or she has said something humorous. Then we laugh with the person -- not at them. These moments can be among the most precious we will ever have with our loved ones.

How Medicare Covers Alzheimer's Disease

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Here's a breakdown of what Medicare does and doesn't cover when it comes to Alzheimer's disease, along with some tips that can help you plan ahead.

How to Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Alzheimer's During the Holidays

Eric J. Hall | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

There is more family time spent during the holiday than during any other time of the year. Also, many times, if you have gone without seeing a loved one for several months, it can be easier to notice some of the signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Giving Thanks for the Service of Alzheimer's Caregivers This Holiday Season

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

This holiday season spend time to not only give thanks for the friends and family around you but for the Alzheimer's caregivers that help keep these loved ones happy and healthy during this most wonderful time of the year.

The Policy Challenges Of Long-Term Caregiving

A. Barry Rand | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
A. Barry Rand

As the primary caregiver for my father during the last eight years of his life, I know only too well the personal challenges and rewards caregivers and their families experience. But when we realize that in 2009, 62 million family caregivers provided over $450 billion in care, we see that the personal challenges of caregiving also have significant public policy implications.

Approaching the Holiday Season as an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

You shouldn't abandon family traditions or change everything about the holiday experience because your loved one has Alzheimer's disease; instead, you should keep your traditions alive and make sure that you cherish the memories you have with them during this special time of year.

Alzheimer's Disease and Eating: How This Condition May Impact Your Loved One's Eating Habits

Eric J. Hall | Posted 12.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Eating problems are not uncommon to those with Alzheimer's disease, but by taking the time to get to the root of the issue, you may be able to make sure that this individual is getting the food and nourishment that they need to be their healthiest.

Hospice Voices

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

Hospice is a difficult decision for anyone, but it allowed me to bring my late husband home, somewhere he desperately wanted to be.

Cancer's Bright and Blissful Side

Karen Sewell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Sewell

There are two sides to nearly everything. When it comes to cancer, it's the dark side of things that often holds the focus and my experience with cancer was no exception.

10 Tips for Visiting a Friend With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 12.07.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

An entire book could be written about this topic. I'm going to list some of the most important things to do (and not to do) when you visit a friend with dementia either in their home or in a facility of some sort.

Who Cares About ALS?

Randy Pipkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Randy Pipkin

As Mark and I have gone through this journey and experienced a literal parade of personalities walk into our lives, we have come to realize that no one will ever be perfect. We also know our lives are changed forever and this is the new normal. Plain and simple, caregivers are part of our life now.

Just Who Was This Romanian, Edward Theodoru, Any Way?

Marie Marley | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed came here from Romania in his mid-50s as a penniless political refugee fleeing the brutal communist regime. All they would let him take out of the country was $100, one suitcase and the clothes on his back.

What Chaplains Can Learn From David Hilfiker

Eric J. Hall | Posted 11.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

David Hilfiker decided to come out of the closet last year -- the Alzheimer's closet, that is. Rather than keep his condition to himself out of embarrassment or fear, Hilfiker has been writing a daily journal and blogging about it in an effort to help others learn how to cope with the disease.

Share Your Problems With Me

Lauren Kahn | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Just because someone is struggling with new and potentially overwhelming challenges doesn't mean the tenor of your relationship with your friend has to change. Allowing her to continue being that friend can be its own form of compassion.

Why Alzheimer's Caregiving and Pride Don't Mix

Marie Marley | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

You can't win an argument with a person who has Alzheimer's. Agree with whatever he says -- no matter how absurd -- unless there's a compelling reason not to, and there rarely is.

7 Ways To Beat Back Caregiver Stress

Sherri Snelling | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Some believe it all started with a tennis match in the 1970s but the battle between the sexes has always existed -- it just gets updated for today's modern dilemmas: who gets paid more at work for the same job, who is a better driver, who controls the remote at home, who gets kicked off the reality TV program island and on it goes.

Understanding Dementia: What to Expect With Sundowning

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Sundowning is one of the many side effects of dementia that experts have yet to fully understand. However, many professionals believe that dementia may cause damage to the body's internal clock, which is why sundowning is so common.

The Caregiver's Challenge of Intimacy

Judy Santamaria | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Santamaria

Many couples in the throes of caregiving find great solace in tender gestures, such as kissing, hand-holding, hugging, and looking into each other's eyes. Emotional support can be further extended simply by being polite and sensitive to each other's needs.

The 5 Most Controversial Decisions Alzheimer's Caregivers Will Ever Face

Marie Marley | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Late one evening, I was deeply immersed in editing the photographs I'd taken at the Cincinnati Zoo that day when I was startled by the phone ringing. I thought it was probably Ed, my Romanian life partner and soul mate. But it wasn't.

Many With Dementia Face Sleeplessness: How to Handle This Behavioral Change

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

A great deal of emphasis has been placed on helping those with dementia overcome their sleeplessness. While a full night of rest is important for any person in order to stay healthy, focused and energized, it is even more crucial that those with dementia are getting a full night of sleep.

What The Most Caring People In The World Know

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

By Corrie Pikul For The American Nurse Project, filmmaker Carolyn Jones set out to interview and photograph nurses around the country about their w...

Caring Daughter or Murder Suspect?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Crime
David Casarett, M.D.

If you're a friend or family member of a hospice patient, you could be facing a murder charge. That's the not-so-subtle message that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sending to dying patients and their families.

5 Things to Never Say to a Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 09.28.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"Oh," I countered, picking up the family photo again and holding it out for her to see. "You just told me you have a daughter. Here she is."

The Creator Of 'Rizzoli & Isles' Is Tackling Her Biggest Case Yet

Sherri Snelling | Posted 09.25.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Her campaign embraces society's love of pop culture with her passion to help solve one of society's looming aging and health issues: finding a cure for a disease which robs the victims of their personalities and joys in life.