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A Tender Alzheimer's Love Story

Marie Marley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, had Alzheimer's. And I knew I'd never be able to accept it. It was so bad I couldn't have a meaningful two-way exchange with him. He couldn't advise me about my problems or praise me for my successes as he'd always done.

Grief: What to Do When It Never Ends

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Joyce sits alone in her bedroom every night. Most nights, she ends up bursting into tears over the loss of her husband of 30 years. The pain is searin...

How to Convince a Loved One With Alzheimer's Symptoms to Go to the Doctor

Marie Marley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It's critical for everyone involved to overcome their denial and take the first difficult step of consulting a physician about the symptoms. Some people think there's no reason to seek a diagnosis because there's no cure for the disease. Yet it's is important for several reasons.

Taking Care of an Elderly Parent -- and Not Loving It? How to Turn Resentment Into Patience and Joy

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

As a caregiver, you are under a great deal of emotional pressure. Emotions are not "good" or "bad" -- they're just bottled-up energy. Keep the bottle corked, and all that energy will eventually become too intense to hold inside.

6 Timely Things to Know If Your Mom Has Alzheimer's

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

If your mom has Alzheimer's disease, Mother's Day, other holidays, and her birthday can be bittersweet. It's hard enough to watch your mother get older. Being an eye-witness to a brain-altering disease can also try your patience and break your heart.

How To Recognize The Early Signs Of Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's is, above all, an insidious disease. Its symptoms typically begin so mildly and progress so slowly that it's easy to deny them until one day there may be a 'defining incident;' an incident so bizarre, so far out, so outlandish that not even the spouse, child or other loved one can ignore it.

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How Stress Can Make Junk Food Even More Harmful

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.01.2014 | Healthy Living

When Marie Marley was caring for Edward Theodoru, her partner with Alzheimer's, he was the first thing she thought about when she woke up, and the las...

A Look Into the Dramatic Rise in Alzheimer's Cases

Eric J. Hall | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The hard truth of the matter is that Alzheimer's disease is growing in prevalence in our world today, and the amount of funding given to this disease, in comparison to the number of lives it takes, simply does not add up.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 3 Tips for Restoring Harmony to Your Relationship With Your Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I can't promise following this advice will stop all the fights," she said. "But it'll help. Why don't you try it for a while and see what happens?"

How A Man With Alzheimer's Proved Chivalry Is Not Dead

Marie Marley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

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.

Why We Must Support Caregivers

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Imagine your day goes something like this: You get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush...

Bringing Dignity to Suffering

Eric J. Hall | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Health care chaplains are trained to be present for any person regardless of religion or beliefs. They don't care who the patients are or who they've been. They want to be with them where they are.

Alzheimer's Toll Continues to Rise as Research Reveals Startling New Facts on the Disease's Death Rate

Eric J. Hall | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

A new study has revealed that there are more uncounted victims of Alzheimer's disease than previously expected.

Don't Believe These 6 Excuses That Add Stress to Alzheimer's Care

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

You're right. Nobody can replace you. But you're not looking for a replacement. All you need is somebody to relieve you, for a little while.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: The Pros and Cons of Placing Your Loved One in a Facility

Marie Marley | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The caregiver may have promised his or her loved one many years before to never put them in any kind of facility for any reason. Breaking that promise would be extraordinarily difficult.

One Man's Descent Into Alzheimer's -- Does Any of This Sound Familiar?

Marie Marley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I mentioned to him that he should put the coffee in the freezer (as he always did) and he asked me where the freezer was. When I told him it was in the kitchen, he didn't remember what a kitchen was.

The Little Question That Can Change Alzheimer's Care

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 05.10.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

If you want to change the behavior of someone with Alzheimer's, ask yourself this little question: WHY?

Why Alzheimer's Isn't Always Depressing

Marie Marley | Posted 05.08.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's is a deadly serious disease and deservedly so. Yet I ask this: Does being 'serious' mean that it is horrible and depressing? Yes, it can be horrible and depressing. But is it always that way? I think not.

How to Care for the Alzheimer's Caregiver in Your Life

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact
Eric J. Hall

For the millions of people from all over the globe that are dealing with Alzheimer's disease, the family and friends that act as their caregivers are ...

A Message of Hope

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 04.27.2014 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

After 47 years of marriage, five children and 14 grandchildren, my husband, Marc, lost his beloved wife to Alzheimer's. Phyllis's illness spanned 10 cruel, heart wrenching years during which Marc was her soul caregiver.

Tips and Support Services for Family Caregivers

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.26.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Taking care of an elder loved one over a period of time can be incredibly taxing, both physically and mentally. Fortunately, there are a number of tips and services you can turn to that can help lighten the load. Here are several to consider.

How I Want to Be Treated If I Develop Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I want to be treated with respect, which means people should not talk about me negatively in my presence. If I am 'still there' I may understand every word even if I don't talk anymore. I will also want people to knock before entering my room and preserve my dignity.

Being a Parent/Caregiver: Patience, Compassion and Guilt

Jim Moret | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jim Moret

A friend told me once that a parent is only as happy as their least happy child. When one of your kids is battling a chronic, debilitating disease, the limitations on that happiness becomes abundantly clear.

Starting Hospice Care for a Loved One: A Heartbreaking Decision

Marie Marley | Posted 04.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

What happens when your loved one is ready for hospice care but you aren't? I'd like to share my personal experience with this situation.

Obituaries and Valentines

Pat Taylor | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

Obituaries and valentines: two words that one rarely sees side by side on the greeting card rack at the drugstore or on the list of options provided b...