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Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse... Acceptance

Allan S. Vann | Posted 06.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

I must learn how to get on with my life without having Clare by my side. I must accept that Clare and I are no longer a "we." Those "we" days are gone. I know that.

Alzheimer's and Making Peace With God

Marie Marley | Posted 06.06.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Facing the Herculean challenges of caregiving requires all the strength you can muster, including spiritual strength. It has been our experience that caregivers who develop what we would call "spiritual intentionality" are better able to face these challenges and retain their joy and hope than those who seek to go it alone, fueled by denial, anger and resentment.

'Kinky Boots' Star Shines His Spotlight on the Alzheimer's Association

Amber Browning-Coyle | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Amber Browning-Coyle

"It's a very difficult disease," Kelso explained. "Seeing my grandmother go through it was difficult for sure, but also watching my father show up to the hospital and she could no longer recognize him, it's very difficult for those that have the disease but also those around them."

Reflections of an Alzheimer's Spouse

Allan S. Vann | Posted 06.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

My wife, Clare, is dying. Slowly, but surely, Alzheimer's disease is taking Clare from me. Living in a lockdown dementia unit of an assisted living re...

Lessons in Speaking From the Heart

Greg O'Brien | Posted 06.02.2016 | 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, an...

The Problem With Beginnings and Endings

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 06.01.2016 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

She is living in moments of her life that are over, moments where sometimes her children and grandchildren don't even exist. Then every now and again, she is jarred into the present. I would like to think she has points of clarity when she knows that the way her life played out was good.

How I Dealt With My Contentious Loved One With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 05.28.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I loved Ed, but I just didn't think I could tolerate it anymore. Yet, I couldn't possibly end our relationship, either. First, because I loved him too much. Second, it would have been morally reprehensible. He couldn't have gotten along on his own for even one day.

Were You Talking to Me?

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 05.27.2016 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

Were you talking to me? Oh my god, yes you were. You were talking animatedly while I was looking toward your face but wondering, Will I ever feel as enthusiastic about work in my 50s as I did in my 20s?

The Simple Words That Reminded Me To Live In The Moment

Skylar Liberty Rose | Posted 05.24.2016 | Fifty
Skylar Liberty Rose

The message isn't to live in fear of what might happen. The message isn't to live in a state of terror and angst. For me, the message is simply to live. Now. Today. To share our gifts and our love and our fears and our vulnerabilities. To live to the fullest extent of who we are. All of who we are. It's all we have. And it's everything.

Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease

Kelsey Davenport | Posted 05.21.2016 | Women
Kelsey Davenport

One night as we were sitting together in a room full of immediate family, she leaned over to me and whispered, "I don't know who any of these people are." That included me, but it didn't stop her from confiding in me. I just laughed, and she did too.

The Train to Somewhere

Ana McGinley | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Ana McGinley

Last month I was traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam. An elderly woman joined the train in Brussels. She was shown to her seat by two train sec...

6 Questions for Evaluating a Nursing Home

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.20.2016 | Healthy Living
AlzLIVE

Evaluating a nursing home for your loved one is as fraught as buying your first home, but without any of the joy. Here's quick advice for when you are doing your own evaluation:

The Rewards of Visiting People With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 05.19.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I arrived for my first half day of volunteering to visit three ladies with Alzheimer's at Brookdale Senior Living's Clare Bridge memory care facility ...

This Is What Early Onset Dementia Really Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty

Jake Heath woke up this morning after having a nightmare that his mother had died. It was one of those all-too-real dreams that prompted him to take a...

Thinking for Two: My Brief Glimpse at a Daily Challenge of Dementia Caregiving

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

While group members grieve the changes that Alzheimer's disease has brought to their lives and relationships, they find that they are no longer quite so alone in facing life's daily challenges, losses and decisions. They are part of a new community of men and women who intuitively understand their struggle.

When Someone You Love No Longer Recognizes You

Skylar Liberty Rose | Posted 05.15.2016 | Fifty
Skylar Liberty Rose

Most of us can't begin to imagine a time when our minds might betray us, when our thoughts may stay frozen, unable to make the journey from our brain to our tongue. Unuttered sentences. Lost syllables. The coldness of a silence that imposes itself without want nor welcome.

Her Heart Remembers: The Break

Janelle Capra | Posted 05.12.2016 | Women
Janelle Capra

Over the past five years of living with mom's dementia, I have seen time and time again that despite the complete confusion and craziness that comes with this disease, my mom's brain may not remember the details, but her heart always does.

Mother's Day -- Damn You Dementia

Lori E. Murray | Posted 05.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Lori E. Murray

I will spend Mother's Day with my Mom. I will cherish her smile that beams below her confused, opaque eyes because somewhere deep, deep down I know she knows me. I know she loves me.

A Puppy's Magical Visit to a Memory Care Facility

Marie Marley | Posted 05.10.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I've always heard that pets can reach people with Alzheimer's on a level we cannot. But I was not at all prepared for the profound reaction my little puppy was going to bring about during a recent visit to Ruth, an inveterate dog lover.

Mixed Feelings About Mothers' Day

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 05.08.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Joanne Fleisher

As I've watched my mother grow old I realize how little control we have about how long we are fated to live. I've changed my thinking about the goal of a long life. Quality of life is more important to me. And how much control do we have over that? Still, I hope I will have the kind of spirit and pride Mom shows the world despite her certainty that she has outlived her time.

I Still Remember Love

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 05.07.2016 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

Mom, there is no question for me: I am fighting this battle in your memory. I still remember love for you...every day.

What It Takes To Age Well

Stacey Gordon | Posted 05.06.2016 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

As a member of her team, I helped Ethel live the rest of her life in the way she had envisioned for herself and detailed in her Life Plan.

Tips for When a Friend or Relative Has Dementia

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 05.05.2016 | 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 05.04.2016 | 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 05.03.2016 | 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.