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Dementia

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.

Bringing Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's: The Little Beep Game

Marie Marley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Just seeing him smile and hearing him laugh had become more than enough to make up for losing our previous relationship. My heart had changed forever. Our love had endured, even despite Alzheimer's -- the last and most daunting obstacle it would ever face.

White Lies: When Fibbing Is... Therapeutic?

Dr. Amy D'Aprix | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Amy D'Aprix

When it comes to caring for your loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia, honesty may not always be the best policy.

Aging Begins at the Beginning

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 07.23.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

Working around seniors my entire adult life, I have often wondered, When do people become "Senior?" Is there a magic day or age? Yes, I know you get your AARP Card at 50, and yes, social security eligibility arrives at 62. But when does it really start?

10 Critical Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 07.23.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Being an Alzheimer's caregiver is hard work that requires a lot of knowledge and many skills for getting along and for connecting with the person. Here are some tips to help you out on your caregiving journey.

8 Ways To Help A Loved One Transition To Assisted Living

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Moving into assisted living or a memory care community can be hard on both the person and their family. The good news is there is much family members can do to ease the transition. Here are eight tips that will bring more ease into the initial assisted living experience.

Investigating A Curious Narcolepsy Case

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Although this was clearly more than just narcolepsy, it was possible that the constellation of symptoms was due to a small genetic alteration that included both a narcolepsy-causing gene and a mitochondrial gene located close by on the same chromosome.

Dream on!

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

My mother had dementia. She would call me crying that she had no shoes. When I got to her apartment, it was strewn with shoes, but she was out somewhere, wandering, lost. Every time I forget something, I shudder, sure it's the first sign of dementia.

I Want My Mother Back

Lisa Solod | Posted 07.13.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Solod

I want the mother back who was born sad and could not climb out of her sadness, but who managed a spectacular life. The woman who was born at the wrong time, married the wrong man and had the wrong children. The mother who gathered friends like an abundance of autumn leaves.

10 Ways to Boost Your Cognitive Fitness and Longevity

Dennis Kravetz | Posted 07.02.2013 | Fifty
Dennis Kravetz

You can be many years younger than your chronological age by making certain lifestyle choices, including those that tax or challenge the brain.