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Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

Marie Marley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The stories told by people with Alzheimer's can teach us a lot about their lives. They also help us find important topics to discuss when we visit, which can make our visits far more pleasant and meaningful to the person we're seeing.

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.

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.

Celebrating the Holidays With Dementia

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

She is frail and forgetful and the holidays aren't the same as they used to be. Many questions swirl in your head: Should we have her come for dinner? What kind of presents do I buy her? What would she like to do?

Catalyzing the Landmark G8 Commitment

George Vradenburg | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

After the G8 event, it seems that the world is finally getting serious about beating a disease that has been rightly identified as the 21st century's "ticking-time bomb."

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.

'Getting Old Sucks!'

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

My father has only been truly old, as defined by his health and functioning, for perhaps five years, yet he was young and vigorous for decades before that. It takes time for perception to catch up with reality, but I'm not sure it ever does.

Holiday Gatherings: A Time to Check in With Loved Ones

Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D.

The period beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year's is the busiest long-distance travel season of the year. This means that many of us will see relatives for the first time in many months. Use holiday family gatherings as an opportunity to look closer, listen harder and determine if your help is needed.

Why Do We Sleep?

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

We understand that sleep is essential. But the question remains, what happens in sleep that allows for the maintenance of normal function?

International Push For Dementia Drug Or Cure By 2025

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 12.11.2013 | Fifty

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says he hopes to kick-start an international effort to find a cure or effective treatment for dem...

Yagana Shah

These Lifestyle Choices Reduce Men's Risk Of Dementia And Chronic Disease

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.10.2013 | Fifty

Exercise now and you'll surely reap ceaseless rewards later, a new study suggests. Men with healthy habits, including regular exercise, are 60 percent...

AIDS, Alzheimer's and Us

Michael Hodin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As we redouble our commitment to eradicate AIDS on the occasion of World Aids Day last week, perhaps the global health community will also step up to the Alzheimer's crisis.

Dementia Epidemic Looms With 135 Million Sufferers Seen By 2050

Reuters | Kate Kelland | Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty

* Alzheimer's group says 44 million people have dementia now * Global epidemic "only getting worse" as societies age * L...

A New Era of Alzheimer's Research: Focusing on Prevention

Pierre Tariot, MD | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Pierre Tariot, MD

The toll of Alzheimer's disease is reaching epidemic proportions. Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the United States every 69 seconds -- a somber reminder that we must do more if we are to find an effective treatment for this devastating, debilitating condition.

People With Alzheimer's May Still Be 'There'

Marie Marley | Posted 02.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's -- especially those in the later stages of the disease -- may stop talking or making other clear attempts to communicate. Too often we assume they don't know what's going on around them. We think they don't understand what people are saying to them or about them.

Should You Be Tested for Alzheimer's Disease?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Alzheimer's is still a clinical diagnosis and not one that can be made solely on the basis of scans and genetic testing. The tests supply useful information to the informed physician.

6 Life Lessons Dementia Can Teach Us

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

It does not matter how much money we make or have. Eventually, we all end up without the ability to enjoy or miss those things we used to cling to.

Fruit Flies May Provide Clues On How To Cure Dementia

Posted 12.03.2013 | Fifty

Researchers at the University of Houston believe new discoveries in how memories are formed in the fruit fly brain could provide helpful clues in trea...

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.

One Of The Most Difficult Discussions I've Ever Had To Endure

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

The End-of-Life meeting at the nursing home was held in the Serenity Room at noon. We were summoned, my mother and I, by the team who have been caring for my father for five years in the dementia ward. We showed up late, my mother and I, arm in arm, like diminished Rockettes.

Heal Alzheimer's Disease With Art

Michael Samuels, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Samuels, M.D.

Anyone can use the healing power of art to reach a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease. The results can be astonishing.

Can Meditation And Yoga Really Slow The Progression Of Dementia?

Posted 11.19.2013 | Fifty

Taking some time out of your hectic week to put your stresses behind you and meditate may actually help preserve your mind, a new study suggests. ...

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Thanksgiving Spotlight!

Dan Persons | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Okay, admittedly that's an inaccurate title -- we're still a few weeks out from the festive family get-together, none of the films we're discussing in this ep are holiday-themed, and none could fairly be called a turkey (and for that last we are truly thankful).

Legendary Country Singer Reveals Debilitating Health Problem

Posted 11.18.2013 | Fifty

Kris Kristofferson says he's lucky to be able to remember his song lyrics nowadays so he can keep performing despite his battle with memory loss. ...

Tapping Into the Creative Potential of Our Elders

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Instead of recognizing the value of the creative potential, wisdom and experiences that senior citizens can share with their respective communities, we are treating them as if they were merely a financial liability.