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Tips for When a Friend or Relative Has Dementia

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

In over a decade of working with people living with Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia and their caregivers, I have learned much from these remarkable individuals. I have found the following 10 tips to be helpful for family and friends when someone they know has dementia.

Millennials Can Change the Face of Alzheimer's

Jan Dougherty | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Jan Dougherty

Alzheimer's disease touches millions of American families, but we often associate it only with the elderly. Lately, though, thanks to the efforts of v...

How To Deal With Aging Parents When You Live Abroad

Ana McGinley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Ana McGinley

Every year the number of people embarking on exciting expat assignments increases. For many expats this excitement is dampened by the loss of family we leave behind. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it is difficult to deny the poignancy of saying goodbye to aging parents.

Coping With Caregiver Grief and Alzheimer's Disease

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 04.30.2015 | Fifty
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Grief and loss often accompany the journeys of caregivers, sometimes for years in the case of Alzheimer's or related dementia. Family caregivers experience losses not only of the person they love, but losses of their own familiar roles and dreams for the future.

Being Underweight Linked To Higher Dementia Risk

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2015 | Fifty

By Shereen Lehman (Reuters Health) -In the largest study ever to look at relationships between body weight and likelihood of developin...

Bettyville: A Writer Returns Home to Care for His Ailing Mother

Mindy Trotta | Posted 04.30.2015 | Books
Mindy Trotta

Whether you grew up in New York City or Iowa, you cannot help but see commonalities in this mother-son relationship. At its core, Bettyville is about elder care, but it is just as much about family and all the infuriating, frustrating, and wonderful warmth that goes with it.

Probing The Realities of Big Data In Alzheimer's

George Vradenburg | Posted 04.29.2015 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

The way we manage and use medical data is still decades behind the connectivity and fluidity that governs how we bank, how we shop and how we communicate. To address this, three key changes in the management of biomedical data are needed.

Small Steps for Caregivers Can Yield Great Strides in Alzheimer's Care

Pierre Tariot, MD | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Pierre Tariot, MD

Almost every week, or every month, we hear the latest news about possible breakthroughs created by pioneering medical research into the causes and possible treatments of Alzheimer's disease.

Confessions of a Worn-Out Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Although it was difficult for me to master the new approaches, when I finally did our relationship blossomed again and life with him was much more peaceful and emotionally rewarding.

When Forgetting Is a Blessing

Marie Marley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's disease can become upset and agitated about things that happen to them. And when you, as the caregiver, witness your loved one's anguish, you may become distressed, too -- sometimes more so than your loved one.

Adam Sandler Movie Inspires New Caregiving Method For Alzheimer's Patients

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice se...

For Most People With Alzheimer's, Ignorance Is Not Bliss

William E. Klunk, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
William E. Klunk, M.D., Ph.D.

Only when the vast majority of medical professionals choose to be forthright about the disclosure of Alzheimer's, will we all begin to see and understand the disease from the same point of view. As the stigma fades away, as it once did with cancer, we will step up our efforts to raise awareness, care for our loved ones and ultimately find a cure.

My Mother's Journey With Alzheimer's: A Family Portrait

Lisa Levart | Posted 04.13.2015 | Good News
Lisa Levart

I haven't seen the movie "Still Alice" because my mother has Alzheimer's disease. While she slips away into the advanced stages of this ferocious illness, I can't watch anything that illustrates the journey my family is on.

Driving Safely With Dementia and Knowing When to Quit

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.13.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

While most doctors agree that people with moderate to severe dementia should not take the wheel, in the early stages, the medical consensus is that driving performance should be the determining factor of when to stop driving, not the disease itself.

New App Helps People Connect With Those Suffering From Dementia

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams | Posted 04.13.2015 | Fifty

Frieda Rozbruch was always a smart, capable, self-reliant woman. She survived the Holocaust, spoke seven languages and cooked up nine-course meals for...

When Alzheimer's Patients Make Perfect Sense

Marie Marley | Posted 04.13.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Many people who have cared for a person with Alzheimer's can tell you shocking stories about their loved ones having moments of total lucidity.

Arts And Crafts Activities May Ward Off Dementia

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty

Please, no more snark about midlife knitters, potters and jewelry-making hobbyists. They may be on to something when it comes to staving off dementia ...

The Conversation We Should All Be Having About End-Of-Life

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty

A recent case in Iowa involving a former state senator accused of sexually abusing his wife, a dementia patient at a nursing home, is raising the ques...

Outrage of the Month: Misprescribing of Antipsychotic Drugs to Elderly Dementia Patients

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

Until this failure is addressed, family members of elderly patients with dementia must take proactive steps to protect their loved ones from being exposed to antipsychotic drugs.

The Real 'Still Alice' (Except This One Wears Trousers)

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Trish Vradenburg

An investigative reporter by profession, he began taking copious notes about his arduous trek into his mind, riddled with Alzheimer's. Thus began O'Brien's chronicle which resulted in his heartbreaking, defiant, profound book, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer's.

Taking Sleep Aids Could Potentially Harm Your Mental Health

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

In today's "always on," high-stress world, it has become commonplace to turn to over-the-counter sleep aids for a little help with drifting off into d...

Convincing a Loved One With Alzheimer's to Move to a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 04.06.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

No one wants to place their loved one with Alzheimer's in a nursing facility. But sometimes, that's the best (or only) alternative, especially for those in the mid to late stages of the disease.

Eat Spinach Every Day, Make Your Brain 11 Years Younger

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 04.03.2015 | Healthy Living

While Popeye ate spinach everyday to maintain strong muscles, he was also bettering his memory, maybe without even knowing it. Consuming just a dai...

Do You Fear Your Loved One May Be Developing Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 03.30.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Some people get lost driving home and end up bewildered and many miles away. Some leave the house in their pajamas and some fail to recognize a close friend or family member.

Living With Alzheimer's: Why Caregivers Should Pay Attention to Mealtime

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 03.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

By creating opportunities for the person with memory loss to be independent, you will be providing your loved one with the best possible dining experience -- something you can both be happy about. Bon Appétit!