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Dementia

Speed Bumps on Memory Lane

Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole | Posted 06.08.2013 | Fifty
Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole

As we age normally, recent memory and name recall may be, as they say, "the first to go." But think of all we retain, what we do better than ever and the pressures that have fallen away with age.

How I Wound Up Mothering My Husband Instead Of My Kids

Sue Fagalde Lick | Posted 06.08.2013 | Fifty
Sue Fagalde Lick

Perhaps I was spared caregiving in my earlier years because I was destined to do it in my later years. I'm like the last runner in the relay race, the one who takes the baton home.

Something Beyond Survival -- Part Four

Pamela Glasner | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Except for instances in the entertainment industry, I have never heard the words "I feel sorry for you" used as anything other than a weapon. In fact, I cannot think of a single phrase packed with more insincerity than that one.

5 Things Alzheimer's Caregivers Should Never Do

Marie Marley | Posted 06.02.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Let's face it. Caring for a person with Alzheimer's is hard work. You may have to deal with personality changes and difficult behaviors. What I want to achieve in this article is to offer some ideas about five things Alzheimer's caregivers should never do.

Are We Finally On The Road To Preventing Alzheimer's?

Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2013 | Fifty
Jessica Langbaum, Ph.D.

This grassroots movement is only getting started. With your help, we can increase momentum in the fight to end Alzheimer's.

Remembering Mom

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 06.01.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

It surprises me that what I really miss is just being able to call out the words, "MOM." It's one of the first words we learn, and one we often take for granted.

When Dealing With a Very Sick Spouse, Bravery Is Essential

Judy Towne Jennings | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Towne Jennings

I encourage all spouses to seek answers. When we know what we are dealing with, we have the opportunity to create an adventure, rather than succumb to a disaster. Be brave. The life of your loved one depends on it.

Something Beyond Survival: Part 3

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.29.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Last time, I talked about that maddeningly endless litany of seemingly unanswerable questions that can feel like pinballs bouncing around in your head...

'I Thought I Was Getting Alzheimer's'

Marie Marley | Posted 05.28.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I thought I was getting Alzheimer's. I really did. And how ironic would that be? I blog on the Huffington Post and Alzheimer's Reading Room about my experiences as an Alzheimer's caregiver for my Romanian life partner, Edward Theodoru.

Why Your Loved One's Dementia Doesn't Have to Be a Death Sentence for You, Too

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Remember that as close as you may be to your spouse (or parent), his or her death sentence is not your death sentence. Protect yourself from undue stress by staying strong and remembering that you have a choice in how you choose to react to your loved one's illness.

Something Beyond Survival - Part Two

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Last time, I closed by talking about what it felt like when I had to admit to myself I was a victim of a crime, and that what I wanted most of all was to take back my personal power.

Dying But Still Teaching: Lessons I'm Learning From My Mother

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

Even in her decline, she is still teaching us lessons about life. She has been told she can stop dialysis at any time and end this roller coaster we are on, but Mom isn't ready for that. She has more to experience and to share with us.

Alzheimer's Study Reveals 1 In 3 Seniors Are Dying With Dementia

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 03.19.2013 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- A staggering 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says a new report that highlights the impact the m...

Psychodiabetes: Sugar on the Brain

Daniel G. Amen, M.D | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Daniel G. Amen, M.D

I disagree with those who say, "Everything in moderation." Would you want your child taking heroin in moderation -- or your spouse having affairs in moderation? If you want to protect your brain, you need to get off the sugar.

Something Beyond Survival - Part One

Pamela Glasner | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
Pamela Glasner

Not that I would ever trivialize the enormity of being a 'survivor' -- after all, I'm one, too -- but once the initial relief of realizing I'd attained that goal had abated, it wasn't long before I began to wonder, "OK ... now what?"

10 Ways You Can Help a Loved One With Alzheimer's Survive Hospitalization

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Two weeks ago, I got a call that my mother had suffered a stroke, and that she was in the hospital. For someone with Alzheimer's, like her, hospitalization can be a traumatic and sometimes fatal event.

Would You Divorce Your Partner If He Developed Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 05.09.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years, was continuing to decline slowly and was becoming ever more difficult to get along with. I was at the end of my rope. I really was.

Woman Offering $500 To Whoever Can Find Her Daughter A Job

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.10.2013 | Business

These days, it can feel like parents have two jobs: Keeping their own, and finding one for their kids. Linda Smith of Riverside, California, spent ...

The Decision to Neuter Pets Just Got More Complicated

Hal Herzog | Posted 05.01.2013 | Science
Hal Herzog

While neutering reduces suffering in general, it may well put your individual pet at greater risk of a serious disease such as cancer. It's a classic conflict between what is best for the individual versus what is best for society. Is there an alternative to routine de-sexing of pets?

How I Accidentally Wrote a Book on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I wrote Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy as a love story. It's about the powerful 30-year relationship I had with Edward Theodoru, a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and scholar.

What You Need to Know About Your Blood Sugar Results

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

You are the most important member of your medical team. Ask your physician for a copy of your lab work. Learn about the important lab values and track them each visit. Your doctor should welcome such active participation.

What Prompted Me To Say 'I Love You' After 30 Years

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It is often said that animals and children reach dementia patients on a level people cannot. Every time Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, saw my little Shih Tzu, Peter, he said, 'Oh, the lee-tle one. I love him so much.'

Goodbye, Dad

Douglas Forbes | Posted 04.22.2013 | Fifty
Douglas Forbes

My Dad will never know my daughter. And that breaks me in two. He will never speak her name. He will never hold her tiny digits. He will never cry for joy at her mere presence in a room. And yet he is still here. He is alive.

Exercise Your Body and Mind: Can We Avoid a Looming Health Crisis?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

While cardio respiratory fitness has not yet been proven to have a direct effect on halting the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, if a causal connection is found it would have a huge impact on our aging population, as well as the health of our economy.

Valentine's Day With My Husband, an Alzheimer's Patient

Linda Buytendorp | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Linda Buytendorp

My biggest fear is knowing that one day, he will no longer remember my name or who I am. I do all I can to prepare for this moment, but I know, when that time comes, it will be the worst day of my life.