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25 Tips For Coping With Memory Troubles

Marie Marley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

If you have early Alzheimer's -- or if you simply have a bad memory -- it can impair your ability to do simple as well as complicated tasks. Fortunately there are many ways to help you compensate for a declining memory.

She's Not Dead Yet

Courtney Garcia | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Courtney Garcia

When I went home for the holidays this year, I overheard my mom and uncle discussing arrangements for my grandmother's funeral, which struck me off-guard since my grandma's not dead.

Considering Caregiving

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new.

The Slow Death of Dementia

Terry Newell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Terry Newell

I lost my mother about eight months ago, but she will be 99 in early February. This is the result of dementia. The woman she was is gone. The mother I knew can be reached neither by her conscious awareness nor by all my wishing that I could penetrate her darkening mind.

Sometimes Forgetting Is a Blessing

Marie Marley | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I want to go home," Ed kept repeating plaintively to me and everyone who passed by during my visit the day of his move. He was sitting on a little padded bench outside his new room. He looked bewildered. I felt faint and terribly guilty.

New Hope For Alzheimer's Patients

Posted 12.13.2012 | Fifty

A diabetes drug that never made it to the market could possibly restore memory for those affected by Alzheimer's, a new study found. How is diabete...

Seniors and the Holidays: 4 Ways to Develop a Plan of Care

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Sometimes the signs are right there in front of you -- whether you can spot them immediately or not. For me, it was during the holidays, when my dad wandered away from a family gathering and emerged hours later, disheveled and upset.

Falling Off the Alzheimer's Cliff: Moving My Mother Into Assisted Living

Nancy Wurtzel | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty
Nancy Wurtzel

Within days, we started to see the toll of uprooting an almost 92-year-old woman with moderate dementia from familiar routine into uncharted waters. She could barely stay afloat.

10 Reasons Why You're Better Off Knowing Your Alzheimer's Risk

Marie Marley | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's researchers have observed that having a parent or sibling with the disease increases one's risk of developing it somewhat above the general population's. Some people with such family histories wish to have a genetic test that will answer the question: 'Will I be next?'" But the real question is, "Would I want to know?"

How I've Found Happiness In Midlife

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

Like most families together for the holidays, we spend the first hours going over the updates: who died, who went bankrupt, who needs surgery. Given enough time and liquor, this can easily become a competition: whose disaster story is worse?

4 Meds Your Aging Parents Should Not Be Taking

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 11.28.2012 | Fifty

Caregivers of elderly parents with dementia may have to be wary of their loved ones' antipsychotic drugs. A new study found that four commonly prescri...

'Ice Cream in the Cupboard: A True Story of Early Onset Alzheimer's'

Marie Marley | Posted 01.26.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ice Cream in the Cupboard is a moving Alzheimer's memoir that tells the powerful story of Pat Moffett and his wife, Carmen, who developed Alzheimer' at the age of 53 -- dispelling the commonly held belief that Alzheimer's strikes only the elderly.

November Is National Family Caregivers Month: The Personal Is Political

Janet Mason | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Janet Mason

The Obama administration has declared that November is National Family Caregivers Month. The proclamation declares that family member, friends and neighbors dedicate countless hours providing care to their relatives and loved ones.

Honoring Caregivers in Our Lives Throughout the Holidays

Sarah Granger | Posted 01.25.2013 | Impact
Sarah Granger

I'm thanking the caregivers in my life this year -- friends and families who give countless hours to others with often no payment beyond their own knowledge that they're doing the right thing for another.

Four Things To Know If You're Worried About Memory Loss

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.25.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

A few weeks ago my sister sent me an apologetic email. She had forgotten my son's birthday. The same week she couldn't remember where she parked her car and she lost one of her favorite earrings. Her excuse? "I'm a card carrying member of the "I can't remember sh*t club," she said.

The Unexpected Cure For Decades Of Sibling Rivalry

Jane Heller | Posted 01.24.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

I was thrilled for Mom and Aunt Maxine and their new-and-improved sisterhood. So what if they didn't remember names and events and where they kept their reading glasses. Also wiped out were the insults and hurt feelings and you-started-its, and good for them.

4 Strategies for Caregivers

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

Choosing to personally care for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be a noble responsibility to take on, but it is also one that requires a marathoner's mentality.

Alzheimer's Disease: You Can Reduce Your Risk

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Most physicians now believe that the damage done by Alzheimer's is irreversible and that the best hope lies in preventing it. This is particularly true for people at higher risk. I believe passionately that we should all know what those risks factors are and work to turn them in our favor.

At 50, When Do I Get Life Alert?

Sue Carswell | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Sue Carswell

I often wonder if I need Life Alert, even at age 50. Sometimes, I think we all need Life Alert if we live alone.

How My Soul Mate Became A Ladies' Man (And Why I Loved It)

Marie Marley | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

At lunch with my best friend, Marsha, one day, I poured out my soul about the problems I was having with Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years. He had Alzheimer's and was living in a top-notch long-term care facility which specialized in the care of people with dementia.

Letter to My Children

Allison Fine  | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Allison Fine 

I share this story with you, my three sons, to make a point: I do these things now, when I'm 48, and believe they're quirky and charming, although your teenage selves may strongly disagree. This letter outlines the things I do now that do not qualify as reasons to put me out to pasture.

Living With Alzheimer's, Looking for a Home

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

We can take each of those seven characteristics of "home" and use them to assess living environments for people with dementia, remembering that significant accommodations may need to be made to recreate the home experience that patients yearn for.

6 Memory Problems That You Shouldn't Lose Sleep Over

Next Avenue | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Kirk R. Daffner, M.D. Plus: Expert advice for when forgetfulness becomes a concern It's normal to forget some t...

'Somewhere Beautiful' -- a Different Soundtrack of our Lives

Ilene Angel | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty
Ilene Angel

I used to play what I referred to as "the nursing home circuit." It was a chance to spend a little time performing music without any agenda and simply bring joy to people.

When the End Is Near, What Really Matters?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I felt as if ordering hospice care for Ed would be tantamount to signing his death warrant.