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There Are No Poor Elderly in Fairfield County

Pamela Glasner | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Ever since 2011, when my 89 and 91-year-old parents were financially exploited and I became embroiled in the issue -- and in the battle -- I have been...

WATCH: Living With Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.23.2013 | Fifty

A former prison chaplain, Ron Grant, 60, used to read constantly. "I have several degrees... I had to read books all the time," Grant told Huff Post L...

A Tragic Diagnosis Hasn't Shaken This Marriage

Marie Marley | Posted 09.19.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When I received the diagnosis I cried much of the time. I lost weight. I didn't want to tell anyone about it. I kept wondering -- why me? I felt like an impaired person. I had spent all my life helping other people and here I was needing so much help myself.

LOOK: Dogs Might Be The Latest Answer To Dementia

Posted 07.18.2013 | Good News

A new canine form of assistance may be the future of helping people deal with dementia. 'Dementia dogs' can remind their owners to wake up in the ...

The Alzheimer's Reality: A Nation in Diapers

Deborah Swiss | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Like many diagnosed with Alzheimer's, my mother was angry and hostile in the early phases. Four years later, she's helpless and docile. The woman who managed a busy medical practice has no idea what day or year it is.

This May Be The Earliest Sign Of Dementia

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty

BOSTON -- Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have had a decline beyond...

Doing This Later May Help Prevent Dementia

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty

BOSTON — New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less r...

Dementia and Wandering: A View From Search and Rescue

Dave Baldridge | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dave Baldridge

We'll see more senior citizen wanderers in cities, parks, suburbs, and wilderness. Search and rescue teams do their best to mitigate the often-devastating effects of wandering, but they can't prevent the incidents.

Men With Alzheimer's Form Deep Bond

Marie Marley | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

They reminded me of two little girls sitting on a bench, dangling their legs while waiting for the school bus. I was delighted -- though dazed -- that Ed had made a friend, and so quickly at that.

Can Signs Of Alzheimer's Be Detected Years Before Diagnosis?

Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 07.09.2013 | Fifty

Treating Alzheimer's early is thought to be key to preventing damage to memory and thinking. And that's why a new study out of Birmingham City Univers...

5 Ways To Sharpen Your Memory

Jan Dougherty | Posted 09.04.2013 | Fifty
Jan Dougherty

Most middle and older adults are aware that they can no longer multitask as they did in their younger years. Aging brains are less efficient than in years past; and therefore most memory-related complaints are for recent or short-term memory vs. older memories.

My 3 Biggest Regrets As an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I struggled alone to find my way as a caregiver, to find solutions to what seemed like an endless parade of difficult issues.

How to Keep Humor in the Picture When Dealing With Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

You might think there is nothing humorous about caring for a loved one with dementia. In order to maintain my sanity, I found humor in everyday events. With humor we can focus on what is too terrible to be borne. And when we are laughing we are not in fear.

The Healing Power of a Smile -- Moments With Dementia

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 08.24.2013 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

Our mother had just been dropped off from her Friday outing with her Dementia day care buddies. The setting sun glowed around her and my brother and I were struck by how beautiful she looked.

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."

Can People With Alzheimer's Still Enjoy Life?

Marie Marley | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Among the general public, Alzheimer's is typically considered a horrible, cruel and devastating disease that destroys its "victims," one that robs them of their very humanity.

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.

Finding the Right Senior Housing Fit

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

When you are shopping for assistance and care for your aging parent(s), it shouldn't matter if a senior housing company owns 20,000 buildings or 50. All that matters is your family member finds the best fit for their individual personal and care needs.

The Global Moment for Alzheimer's: The G8 Leads

George Vradenburg | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
George Vradenburg

If the G8 can help build global finance and drug development and evaluation reforms a reality, we may one day reflect on how the G8 organization shaped a more prosperous and healthy 21st century.

What It Feels Like to Have Alzheimer's -- And Why We Need to Know

Marie Marley | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I have to admit almost all have focused on the caregiver. We can feel contentedness, pride and joy. We can also feel sadness and loneliness. The list goes on and on. But how does the person with dementia feel?

The Curious Tale of Narcolepsy and Dementia: An Ethical Conundrum

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

This story illustrates the extraordinary potential that biological research has today to help individual patients. In 100 years, people will look at our time as the golden age of biology.

The Curious Tale of Narcolepsy and Dementia: Discovering the Cause

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

The occurrence of such a "sporadic case" with the same syndrome can mean two possible things. First, it is possible that the same disorder has several causes, some related to genetics and others not, explaining the two possible variants.

An Unexpected Form Of Therapy

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Baby Doll, as I call her, has reinforced something I already knew but had never put into words. The instinct to show affection is strong. We humans need love and kindness and we need to give it in return.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't

Marie Marley | Posted 08.10.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Sometimes, nursing home placement is the best (or even only) solution for your benefit and the benefit of the person for whom you're caring.

8 Great Tips For Long-Distance Caregivers

Jan Dougherty | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty
Jan Dougherty

Remember, it's the little things that count as you assist in the care of a loved one with Alzheimer's or a related dementia from afar. Because caregiving is sometimes overwhelming, it's important to appreciate the support of everyone in the situation which helps overcome the unique challenges in care for your loved one.