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Gastric Reflux Drugs May Be Tied To Dementia Risk

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.16.2016 | Healthy Living

Reuters Health - Repeated use of a certain class of drugs for gastric reflux or peptic ulcers was linked with a higher risk for dementia among patient...

Kim Campbell On The Rhinestone Cowboy And Alzheimer's

Angel Duncan | Posted 02.15.2016 | Fifty
Angel Duncan

Kim's husband, legendary country singer, Glen Campbell, rocked awareness when he and his family let the world know their secret. Together they toured the country after bravely announcing he had Alzheimer's disease.

How I Really Feel About Turning 75

Joan Gage | Posted 02.13.2016 | Fifty
Joan Gage

I woke up yesterday morning feeling vaguely depressed, but until my husband Nick wished me 'happy birthday', I didn't realize this was the day I turn 75-years-old. I think I was dreading this birthday partly because my mother died at 74. (Her birthday was Feb. 3, 1911, mine is Feb. 4, 1941.)

How to Survive Being an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 02.12.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was an Alzheimer's caregiver for seven years. I was not prepared for the mental and physical demands of caring for someone with dementia. As time pa...

New Dog IQ Test Could Provide Clues To Dementia

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.09.2016 | Fifty

Man's best friend could help unlock clues when it comes to human intelligence and even give us a better understanding of dementia, researchers believe...

Alzheimer's Journal: Tears for Yesterday

Marie Marley | Posted 02.06.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was about to burst into tears and sit there sobbing. I looked up at the ceiling and around the room to distract myself. I didn't want to make a scene in front of Ed, the staff and the other residents. She kept right on playing and I kept struggling to keep the tears at bay.

When your parents move to assisted living, what to do with the family keepsakes?

Nancy Sommers | Posted 02.05.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Sommers

It was time for my parents to give up the family home. They had clung to the house and the independence they cherished way past the time they could l...

My Heart Broke When My Mom Said 'We'll Get To See Each Other Soon'

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 02.04.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

I discovered that mom's money would shortly be running out. We are now getting closer to the moment, when she will have to go on Medicaid, and be admitted into a nursing home. Her condition is progressing, and my brother and I do not know how long she will be able to stay in her home.

Falling in Love With My Father Now That It's Almost Over

Riva Greenberg | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Photos courtesy of Riva Greenberg My father began to leave us, mentally, two years ago. We were looking at photos on my mother's computer when he poi...

Two Ways Yoga Could Benefit Alzheimer's

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 01.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) is a protein that protects brain neurons and is significantly reduced in people with Alzheimer's. Now for the first time, br...

Family Caregiving Isn't Easy: Emotional Management Tips

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

If you're already experiencing emotional struggles and feeling distressed, you should promptly seek help from a primary care or mental health professional. If things are generally going well and you want to prevent or reduce the impact of potential emotional challenges, here are some tips for coping:

When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's: Realization vs. Acceptance

Marie Marley | Posted 01.18.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

These are two different things. It's one thing to finally realize someone close to you has Alzheimer's. It's a completely different thing to accept that fact.

Darkness Lifted: Light Therapy for Depression No Longer a Seasonal Thing

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

We take sunlight for granted. In our hubris we produce our own version of light and imagine it an acceptable replacement. Oddly, we have a greater appreciation of plants' need for natural light than our own. Recent research now adds depression to the already lengthy list of illnesses associated with inadequate sunlight.

Virtual Reality Tour Allows You To Really Experience Dementia

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.25.2016 | Fifty

Imagine not only having trouble with your memory, but also facing changes in your vision and perception. That's exactly what many people living with d...

Five Ways to Promote Sleep in Alzheimer's Patients

Max Gottlieb | Posted 01.14.2016 | Fifty
Max Gottlieb

Considering the prevalence of Alzheimer's, it is critical that proper attention be given towards the expected symptoms and setbacks. One of the most f...

Trying To Remain Grateful During The Long Goodbye Of Alzheimer's

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 01.22.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Yes, I understand that I am lucky to still have my mom, yet I also know how much more Alzheimer's can rob from her. Just thinking of how much worse she could become, as her disease progresses, leaves me feeling nauseous and sick to my stomach.

Overcoming Denial When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 01.09.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

All too often loved ones of people with Alzheimer's are in denial. Hence they spend their time trying to get the person to 'act normal.' Trying to get them to remember and do things they will never be able to remember or do. This only leads to anger and frustration for the visitor and often for the person with Alzheimer's as well.

Building a Business While Caring for an Alzheimer's Patient

David A. Pride | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living
David A. Pride

I've also realized that life and death are unpredictable -- that every day the sun rises is a chance to make someone feel loved -- and that I'm thankful for a mother who constantly told me to pursue my dreams and be the man she believed I would be.

Lonely 95-Year-Old Dementia Patient Gets The Surprise Of His Life

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.31.2015 | Fifty

After pianist and WWII veteran Edward Hardy developed dementia, he moved into a care home and found himself feeling lonely, no longer having any bandm...

What Is Alzheimer's Like?

David A. Pride | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David A. Pride

So, what is Alzheimer's like? It's a like a gargantuan mirror to life reminding us that something could be lurking in our future that would make us really regret not stopping the car, stealing the flowers, and laughing all the way back home. It's not fair, it's not prejudice, it is angering, heartbreaking, and final.

Type 2 Diabetes Increases Dementia Risk

Reuters Health | Shelley Emling | Posted 12.29.2015 | Fifty

People with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for dementia in general. And for one form, called vascular dementia, diabetes brings more risk to women...

My Friend Daisy

Jason Resendez | Posted 12.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

Daisy Duarte is one of my personal heroes. She's not a member of congress, a policy wonk, or a world-renowned research scientist but she's disrupting the way we think about Alzheimer's on the Hill, in research labs, and in communities across the country.

Depression in the Elderly: A Common Condition That's Often Overlooked

Marki Flannery | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Depression is frequently overlooked in older individuals, in part because their condition is often expressed in physical symptoms like fatigue, insomnia or loss of appetite, as opposed to overt sadness.

An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 12.23.2015 | New York
Lou-Ellen Barkan

As you and your wife consider your philanthropic options, please consider the following: in less than 30 years, as many as 26 million Americans will either have Alzheimer's or be taking care of someone who does.

Legal Issues for Concerned Family and Friends of a Possibly Incapacitated Individual

Brad Reid | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Sometimes holiday gatherings become a time for family decision making. What should or shall we do about the circumstances of an elderly relative or se...