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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.

Alzheimer's Could Be Detected Decades Earlier In Children Of Sufferers

Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty

While children of Alzheimer's patients face a higher risk of developing the disease, there is some good news on the horizon. Researchers say that the ...

10 Things People With Alzheimer's Have Taught Me

Marie Marley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I showed him an old picture of us together. He said, "Ah... She loved me." Then he looked in my eyes the way he had when we were lovers more than 25 years before. He didn't realize I was the woman in the picture, but he remembered that she had loved him.

Fruit Flies Hold Clues On Aging In Humans, Study Shows

Posted 02.06.2014 | Fifty

A new discovery has brought us a step closer to understanding the link between neurodegenerative disorders and aging. Researchers from Rutgers Univ...

A New Perspective on Crying

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

Well, I am here to tell you real men do cry. All these voices from my past have broken ideas of what real men are.

The Importance Of Open, Honest Communication During Difficult Times

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

"How long until the doctors make BaBop all better?"

Bring Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

The thing to remember is that people with Alzheimer's live only in the present. If you understand that you won't be disappointed when they shunt the present aside. The main thing is to bring them pleasure in the moment and that's what a wrapped gift usually does.

Older in 2014

Michael Hodin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

in 2014, retiring in our early sixties is neither personally agreeable nor fiscally sustainable. Can you really play golf and receive a pension check for 30 years?

he Joys of Volunteering to Visit People With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

o matter what mood I'm in when I arrive, I always feel better when I leave. I truly do receive so much more than I give.

A Pain Unlike Any I've Ever Experienced

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

They gave us a list. To make preparing easier, it read. It included all the basics. Practical things: furniture, linens, toiletries, and clothing. Under each category there were specific items listed. We were pressed for time. Rushed.

The Time Is Now to Bring the Fight to Dementia

Nicco Mele | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Nicco Mele

We want to give people a fighting chance to take on dementia head-on and win. To do that will require a significant increase in funding for basic research on the impact of aging on the brain.

Alzheimer's Facebook Campaign Shows Just How Terrifying It Is To Forget

Posted 01.28.2014 | Fifty

It's impossible for someone who does not have Alzheimer's to fully grasp just how confusing, frustrating, isolating and frightening having the disease...

How I Am Coping With Mild Cognitive Impairment

Marie Marley | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I'm going to talk about how I am coping with the problems this impairment is causing and how I feel about having the disorder.

Alzheimer's Blogger Receives Shocking Diagnosis

Marie Marley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was on my way to see my family doctor because I'd been experiencing confusion and memory problems. The strange thing is I got lost. And I'd been going to her office for seven years. When I finally got there, we talked about my symptoms and she recommended that I have a four-hour series of neuropsychological tests and also see a neurologist.

Older People's Brains May Be Slower, But Only Because They Know So Much

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

A new study from Germany has likened the memory abilities of older people to full hard drives: They don’t lose cognitive power over time; they just ...

Alzheimer's: Google Glass As Brain Prosthetic

George Vradenburg | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

As Google strives to drive innovation into the challenge of living better longer, there's a real chance to have a global impact.

The Day I Had to Tell My Daughter My Dad Has Dementia

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

"BaBop has something called dementia. It's a sickness in the brain that can happen to people sometimes when they get older."

Precautions and Care Tips for Alzheimer's Patients During Cold Weather

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While most people face certain weather-related challenges during the winter when going about their everyday lives, for those with Alzheimer's disease, the complications can be even more severe.

Alzheimer's Detection In Only 15 Minutes

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

Worried your constant forgetfulness could be more than just a series of "senior moments?" A quick 15-minute test could provide some answers. Resear...

Quick Pen-and-Paper Test Can Spot Signs of Dementia

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

Results of a pen-and-paper test can alert older adults to a need to be evaluated for dementia, according to a new study. The self-administered test...

Is It Alzheimer's?

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Many worried people can take comfort from the fact that a certain amount of age-related memory loss, especially of people's names -- that aggravating "it's on the tip of my tongue" feeling -- is normal and is not a warning sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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?