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Is It Dementia Or Normal Aging? Now There's A Tool To Figure It Out

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.19.2015 | Fifty

Beneath the ubiquitous memory-loss jokes that midlifers make, there is a deep concern and fear of dementia. Now, Mayo Clinic researchers have develope...

Losing And Finding My Mother After Her Stroke

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Leslie Kendall Dye

In the last five years, our relationship has been many things: fierce, devoted, fractious and corroded by sorrow and loss. It's nice to be in a healthy relationship, suddenly, with my mother. We agree. Together, we look forward to spring.

My Q and A With Claire Sexton on How Sleep -- and Lack of Sleep -- Affects Our Brains

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

How does the brain change as we age, and what steps can we take to help our brains stay healthy as time goes by? In answer to my questions, Claire Sexton, a post-doctoral research assistant at the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, elaborated on some of her latest scientific findings and offered some tips on how to improve the quality of our sleep.

Cher Promises To Help 96-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Return Home

The Associated Press | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A judge says a 96-year-old woman whose late-life marriage to a 95-year-old beau made national news should be returned to her long...

A Global Effort to Help Alice in Her Battle With Dementia

Lord Darzi | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Lord Darzi

Even if we do not suffer Alice's fate ourselves, most of us will know someone who has. The global prevalence of dementia is doubling every 20 years, fueled by the aging of societies across the globe.

How to Be A Better Alzheimer's Caregiver: Strategies for Success

Eric J. Hall | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

One of the best things that any Alzheimer's caregiver can do is to educate themselves. It is important to be educated both on Alzheimer's disease and on the ins and outs of being a caregiver. Any successful caregiver should be up-to-date with the latest caregiving strategies and know the ins and outs of Alzheimer's disease and what changes it brings.

Can Dementia Be Prevented Through Nutrition?

Amy R. Beaudreault, PhD | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy R. Beaudreault, PhD

Despite growing evidence supporting the positive role nutrition plays in dementia prevention, nutrition is rarely employed as a prevention strategy. A new study may change that.

Try Giving Your Loved One With Alzheimer's a Stuffed Animal

Marie Marley | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I had finally found a way to relate to him -- one that was truly satisfying for both of us. I was delighted to see his happiness. When I realized I could bring pleasure to my "new Ed" it was more than enough to make up for the loss of my "old Ed" and our previous relationship.

How This Consultant On 'Still Alice' Is Managing Her Early-Onset Alzheimer's

Sandy Oltz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Sandy Oltz

Like the character Oscar-winner Julianne Moore played to perfection in the film, 'Still Alice,' I was diagnosed at an early age with Alzheimer's disease. It was less than five years ago, at age 46.

The Color Yellow

Greg O'Brien | Posted 05.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My mother, Virginia, loved yellow -- the color of the mind and the intellect, the third chakra in the solar plexus, representing personal power and ...

A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

What does it feel like to live with Alzheimer's every single day? I've thought long and hard about this question. I wondered if I could put into words what I really feel. Then, Mom made a simple comment the other day and it all became clear to me.

3 of the Most Difficult Situations Alzheimer's Caregivers May Ever Face

Marie Marley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When a loved one doesn't recognize you, it's as though you no longer exist in their world. It can cause searing pain. But ultimately, this is a situation that only hurts you. It typically doesn't bother them. And that's what matters.

A Simple Skin Test May Detect Alzheimer's And Parkinson's Years In Advance

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.25.2015 | Fifty

While severe problems with the memory and the nervous system are hallmarks of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's respectively, it's the skin that could detec...

Do Crossword Puzzles Really Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 04.26.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Yesterday morning I arrived to visit Angela, one of the three ladies with Alzheimer's I volunteer to visit each week. I found her sitting at her beaut...

Dementia: From Myths to Reality and Solutions

Cynthia Duggan | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Duggan

By addressing not only the myths associated with dementia, but the challenges associated with the reality of our current situation, we have a golden opportunity to proactively tackle dementia.

Did I Ever Have a Choice?

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

I get asked a lot of questions about Alzheimer's Disease and caregiving. I love to answer questions, although, I am definitely learning by trial and error and error and error! I am not an expert by any means. I am just trying to get through this one day at a time and to trying to give my mother everything she needs, just like she did for me every day of my life.

Mom's Great Escape

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.19.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

I want to tell you a story about my mom long before Alzheimer's took over her life, even before becoming the wife and terrific mom that she would later become. This story left me in awe.

Love in Time of Alzheimer's

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 04.15.2015 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

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Chocolate: A Treat for Valentine's Day, or the Cure for Aging Brains?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Getting the amount of flavonols that were useful in the study group from chocolate would involve eating so much chocolate that whatever protection you'd gain from these beneficial molecules, you'd lose from the harms associated with sugar and calorie overload.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: What to Do When Your Spouse Finds a New Love

Marie Marley | Posted 04.14.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The fact is that sometimes people with Alzheimer's find a new love interest. If this happens to you it will probably be one of the most painful situations you will ever face. It's right up there with your loved one not recognizing you anymore and with engaging hospice care near the end of their life.

How Your Blood Type Affects Your Brain

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science

We've long known that many factors, from genetics to lifestyle choices, play a role in brain health over the course of a lifetime. And according to ne...

The Care and Management of Mortality

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Dr. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End provides healthy doses of reality - the realities of disease, deterioration, debilitation, decline, dementia, dependence, despondency, and demise.

Remember Me: The Voice and The Neuroscientist's Mission to Cure Alzheimer's

Chris Mann | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Chris Mann

I'm pleased to consistently see Alzheimer's appearing on various television shows, hear segments about it on the radio and am happy it's becoming a mainstream topic. I'm beyond proud that Remember Me came into the world at this time of realization.

This Village Is A Safe Haven For People With Dementia

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.10.2015 | Good News

A Dutch village allows patients with dementia to live their lives normally while also receiving proper care. From the outside, Hogewey, located in...

The Sounds Of Alzheimer's

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.10.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

She heads on into the kitchen. The morning is when mom is at her best. You can almost pretend that she is well and fine ... almost.