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Lessons in Speaking From the Heart

Greg O'Brien | Posted 06.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg O'Brien

Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, "Life is no brief candle ... It is a sort of splendid torch, which I've got hold of for the moment, ...

Dementia: From Myths to Reality and Solutions

Cynthia Duggan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Duggan

By addressing not only the myths associated with dementia, but the challenges associated with the reality of our current situation, we have a golden opportunity to proactively tackle dementia.

Her Heart Remembers: Still Mom

Janelle Capra | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Janelle Capra

Dementia doesn't just affect the person who has it, it has a domino affect on the entire family -- the family members who live with it everyday and those who may just share in the journey from a distance.

From Robin Williams to My Father, Understanding Lewy Body Dementia

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Kuntal Joisher

However, LBD is not a rare disease. The second most common form of dementia, it affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals and their families in the United States, and millions more across the world.

The Doctor and the Patient

Greg O'Brien | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

Barry says you can fish on the flats for two hours -- an hour before and after low tide -- without having to worry. The tide, as it is with aging, creeps in deceptively.

Communication Is Key for Caregivers

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kuntal Joisher

Having a doctor give a detailed breakdown of the disease and caregiving advice throughout its progression is invaluable when it comes to giving care, and coping as a family. Here are the most impactful takeaways I took from the experience.

Genetic Hand-Me-Downs

Greg O'Brien | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My grandmother, Loretta Sinnott Brown, called me "snippy snooper" as a young boy because I was always "snooping around," asking too many questions, fo...

The Scary Part Of Alzheimer's That You Can Prevent

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 07.31.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

'So are you going to be tested?' my 19-year-old daughter asked me over dinner. This came after a string of questions about Alzheimer's: What are the first signs? When do they appear? Do people with the disease know they have it?

A Daughter's 12 Regrets On Mother's Day

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

I often hear people say they wish they'd visited their mothers more, or been more generous with the 'I love you's.' But I don't think I disappointed on those scores. Mama-daughter drama? None. So why, then, do a bouquet of regrets still bloom in my heart, the older I get and the more Mother's Days I spend without her?

4 No-Nonsense Solutions to the Looming Dementia Crisis

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

The dementia tsunami is coming, fast. We all know it, and it will affect every single one of us, either directly or through our loved ones. That we ar...

10 Creative Ways to Help When Your Help Isn't Wanted

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

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.

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?

The Girl With the Faraway Eyes

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

There was a time when my siblings and I bought presents for my mum and dad on New Years Eve -- the night they were married. It's been nearly 20 years since my dad passed away. I wonder, if like me, my siblings are remembering special dinners, pretty dresses and two people in love.

Why The Best Years Of My Life Were The Last Of My Parents' Lives

Peggie Walsh | Posted 12.25.2013 | Fifty
Peggie Walsh

I made a commitment. I told my husband I was going to make my parents a top priority in my life. He agreed. On my mom's 80th birthday in 1999, we physically moved my parents to a new home less than a mile from our house.

My Mother's Spirit

Lisa Lori | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Lisa Lori

Today, I said goodbye to my 81-year-old mother. As we drove her home from lunch, she asked us where we were going when we turned onto her street, if there was a place for her to stay at her home and finally, she asked me nervously why she is confused most of the time.

Ethics of Care: Guiding the Treatment of Dementia in the 21st Century

Elijah Wolfson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Elijah Wolfson

This is a much different type of caregiving than simply making sure a patient gets her meds or does her physical rehabilitation program; working with dementia patients requires a subtle, holistic, and ethically-based approach.

The Power of Compassion

Eric J. Hall | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While it may not be the most innovative approach, but clearly a necessary one for success, compassion is moving Alzheimer's disease to the top of the list on the national and global "things to get done today."

Mom's Mind May Be Gone, But Her Heart Still Wants What Her Heart Wants

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.

Investigating A Curious Narcolepsy Case

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Although this was clearly more than just narcolepsy, it was possible that the constellation of symptoms was due to a small genetic alteration that included both a narcolepsy-causing gene and a mitochondrial gene located close by on the same chromosome.

Why Your Loved One's Dementia Doesn't Have to Be a Death Sentence for You, Too

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Remember that as close as you may be to your spouse (or parent), his or her death sentence is not your death sentence. Protect yourself from undue stress by staying strong and remembering that you have a choice in how you choose to react to your loved one's illness.

10 Ways You Can Help a Loved One With Alzheimer's Survive Hospitalization

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Two weeks ago, I got a call that my mother had suffered a stroke, and that she was in the hospital. For someone with Alzheimer's, like her, hospitalization can be a traumatic and sometimes fatal event.

Why My Mom Loves My Dad's Mistress

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My father's ability to combat the isolation of dementia by creating an imaginary and omnipresent mate may not be unique to him. Imagination may possibly hold the gifts of comfort and solace as we face the uncertainties of old age.

8 Ways to Spot Your Denial About Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

At first, denial can be a healthy defense against admitting that your loved one has dementia. Denial helps you block the more painful aspects of reality. However, if denial continues too long, then it can be life-threatening to you and your loved one.

How to Tell If a Loved One Has Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

If you find yourself faced with these 10 signs of dementia, please get help for your loved one. And seek help for yourself too, so that you can deal with your loved one's illness effectively.

Honoring Caregivers in Our Lives Throughout the Holidays

Sarah Granger | Posted 01.25.2013 | Impact
Sarah Granger

I'm thanking the caregivers in my life this year -- friends and families who give countless hours to others with often no payment beyond their own knowledge that they're doing the right thing for another.