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The Human Rights Crisis We Ignore

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of the American mental health crisis today lies the highly flawed, dangerous and unspoken assumption that people with mental disabilities are somehow less than human.

A Nursing Home Aide's Shocking Behavior

Marie Marley | Posted 12.11.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Seeing that depth of affection - you can't fake bursting into tears - from an aide who'd cared for Ed for only one month, I was sure I'd selected the best Alzheimer's facility in town.

Watching My Mom Disappear During 12 Years Of Alzheimer's

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 12.11.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Is it strange how an illness can change someone's life in a positive way? Since mom got Alzheimer's, my love for her has taken on a whole new meaning and my brother and I have become closer than we ever were before. Mom's disease has bonded us with a deeper sense of love.

Negative Thoughts About 'Old People' Linked To Alzheimer's Risk

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty

A word of caution for anyone who thinks "old people" are just feeble and decrepit -- you might not fare so well yourself when you get to that age. Two...

Dear Baby Boomers, Plan Ahead to Age at Home

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Good health behavior, good medical care, good genes, and good luck may keep you healthier longer, but eventually Father Time catches up. Here are four suggestions for planning ahead:

Tearjerking Ad Shows Couple Fight Dementia To Relive The Moment They Met

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.03.2015 | Fifty

Memories may fade, but true love never does in a new ad showing a couple battling dementia together by reflecting on their past. The ad was created f...

Netflix Binging Could Have One Major Health Consequence

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living

Sitting on your couch marathoning the entire first season of "Narcos" might seem like a harmless enough way to spend a weekend. But according to new r...

A Man With Alzheimer's and the Dog Who Forecasted His Death

Marie Marley | Posted 12.03.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Peter, my precious little Shih Tzu puppy, was brown and white with enormous brown eyes; his tail never stopped wagging. I was so happy I'd chosen him. Actually, I didn't choose Peter. He chose me. Like the Mona Lisa, his eyes followed me everywhere I went in the pet store.

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - Overspending

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 12.01.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

For many of us, the dream of retirement includes plenty of free time and enough money to splurge on all the things we passed up during our younger yea...

My Mom's Had Alzheimer's For 12 Years, And This Is All I Can Do

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 12.02.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Mom has no understanding of how her life has been wiped away by such a horrific disease. So how is my mom doing? She'd doing good, and how am I doing? I'm also doing good, which is a conscious decision that I have made.

A Walk to the Cliffs

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Heather Gillis-Harris

My son Dexter and I took a walk on my mom's property in northern New Hampshire this past Thanksgiving. There are cliffs that sit high atop her 100 acres of land that I have never climbed to. This is where my mother wants her ashes scattered.

How to Be With a Loved One With Dementia During the Holidays

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

"I am so sad. I want to see my son." I found her sitting in her wheelchair crying out for her one most beloved person in the whole world. Her son had ...

Thankful for Caregivers

Jason Resendez | Posted 11.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.

In Grace's Honor

Trish Vradenburg | Posted 11.19.2016 | Fifty
Trish Vradenburg

My mother, Bea Lerner, was a powerhouse. Politics was her passion. Back in 1960, John F. Kennedy credited her with winning New Jersey -- a pivotal state -- for his election.

Nursing Homes Use Old-Fashioned Objects To Trigger Dementia Patients' Memories

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living

EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home...

A Daughter's Touching Letter To Her Mom With Alzheimer's

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 11.16.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Mom, as I sit down to write my letter I wonder how I can possibly start to share all my feelings with you. So much has changed since you developed Alzheimer's 11 years ago. As I gather my thoughts I realize that you will not be able to comprehend most of what I say.

How I Got My Beloved Romanian Soul Mate With Alzheimer's to Stop Driving

Marie Marley | Posted 11.14.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Without even realizing it - in my denial, I still didn't acknowledge that Ed has Alzheimer's - I'd solved this first serious dementia-related problem.

Focus on the Roses in Alzheimer's Care

Marie Marley | Posted 11.06.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

To a great extent, our attitudes about long-term care facilities and people with dementia influence how we view them. We must look at the roses and let the thorns pass into the background.

Will Your Aging Parents Engage With You About Their Life?

Christopher Burgess | Posted 11.04.2016 | Fifty
Christopher Burgess

All aging parents should have the "four talks" with their elder children (boomers). No child wants to be the initiator of these discussion, so we elders can take the bull by the horns and get it started.

The One Question I Wish I Could Ask My Mom

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 11.04.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

I yearn to hear my parents tell me all about their lives. Without realizing it, I took for granted that my parents would always be around to tell me about their dreams, their desires and their lives. Mom can no longer tell me much about anything since she now has Alzheimer's.

3 Things to Never Say to an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 10.31.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

You may think it's a shame the person has developed Alzheimer's and that's fair. It is a shame. However, it could well be possible that the loved one - the caregiver - does not think it's a shame

Transgender Woman Comes Out To Her Mom With Dementia '100 Times A Year'

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Three generations of a family respond to a transgender coming out"I'm the luckiest one of all because I get to come out to Mum a hundred times a year ...

Are You One of 44 Million in the World Suffering Alzheimer's?

Christopher Burgess | Posted 10.29.2016 | Fifty
Christopher Burgess

Alzheimer's is taking its toll on the global population, and the statistics are startling. How many people worldwide have Alzheimer's? Amazingly more than 44 million individuals worldwide have Alzheimer's, with Western Europe and the United States (US) providing the bulk of the cases.

Study Links Early Memory Lapses To Later Dementia Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.29.2015 | Fifty

Are you the one in your circle of friends who can never remember names and always misplaces her car keys? A study that followed women for 20 years jus...

The Troubling Link Between Middle-Aged Drinking And Dementia

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.22.2015 | Fifty

If you're middle-aged, you might want to skip that second glass of wine, according to a set of new British health recommendations. The National Instit...