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What Alzheimer's Caregivers Can Learn From King Lear

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 11.09.2014 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

From the very first scene when the aging monarch -- the King of all Britain -- decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom among his three daughters by testing their love for him, I knew something was very wrong. Who in their right mind would put their children in that situation?

National Grandparents Day: Five Ways to Make and Share Precious Memories When a Grandparent Has Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

With your guidance, encouragement and support, your child will make not only this Grandparents Day but any day they spend with their grandparent special.

Yagana Shah

The Moment An Alzheimer's Patient Remembers Her Daughter Will Melt Your Heart | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

It's the most painful part of Alzheimer's, when your own parent can't remember your face, let alone your name. But for one daughter of a dementia pati...

The Genius of Marian: Remarkable Alzheimer's Documentary

Marie Marley | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The Genius of Marian is an intimate, poetic documentary about Pam White and her family as they all struggle to deal with Pam's Alzheimer's disease.

My Father's Dementia Makes Me Laugh

Steve Rhode | Posted 10.31.2014 | Fifty
Steve Rhode

I suppose I must start out with a hat tip to honesty and confess that while the title to this piece is about how my father's dementia makes me laugh, I do have moments where I secretly want to cry about it.

'Invisible' Purple Communities

Mary McDaniel Cail | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty
Mary McDaniel Cail

What a different world it would be for people whose lives have been upended by Alzheimer's disease if they felt the support of everyone, friends and strangers alike.

Yagana Shah

Marijuana May Help Treat Alzheimer's, Study Suggests | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.28.2014 | Fifty

Marijuana is touted for its medical uses, lessening pain, nausea, and other uncomfortable side effects of conditions like glaucoma, nerve pain, and ca...

The Disease More Prevalent In Women Than Breast Cancer

Melissa Taylor | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Melissa Taylor

There is an abundance of pink ribbons around cities and neighborhoods, slapped on bumpers and product packaging and posted in store fronts. Although I find the united force against breast cancer wonderfully inspiring, where are all of the purple ribbons?

5 Tips for Surviving Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Late one evening I was deeply immersed in writing a short story when I was startled by the phone ringing. Must be Ed I thought. But it wasn't. It wa...

Acceptance and Gratitude: Transforming Spiritual Practices for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Jade C. Angelica | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Jade C. Angelica

I've found in my own experiences that people with Alzheimer's retain the desire -- and the capacity -- to love and be loved, which I believe is the defining feature of personhood.

Alzheimer's Caregivers - This One Activity Could Improve Your Quality of Life

Marie Marley | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I once made a presentation at an Alzheimer's caregiver support group. One gentleman - let's call him John - had long insisted to his son and daughter-...

Communication Is Key for Caregivers

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kuntal Joisher

Having a doctor give a detailed breakdown of the disease and caregiving advice throughout its progression is invaluable when it comes to giving care, and coping as a family. Here are the most impactful takeaways I took from the experience.

Missing You

Eugenia Chandris | Posted 10.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eugenia Chandris

The death of two parents spread over such a chasm of time reassures me that I have grown up. had feared the brutal spectacle and harsh rattle of death. I had feared being alone with her at the final judgmental moment of leaving, feared I would abandon her and not offer a last comfort, that split second of reassurance as she left. Yet none of those fears came true.

How To Find Strength During Your Parent's Slow Descent Into Dementia

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 10.18.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

I open the door to step back into the room, and he is already asleep again. Sitting in the chair by his bed. The effort to get dressed and move to the chair was too much. He is spent. His lungs are filled with fluid, and he no longer has the physical strength to cough it up. They are giving him medicine designed to help, and he tries, but he just can't get it out anymore.

A Process Of Stimulating Alzheimer's Patients That's 'Nothing Short of Magic'

Marc Middleton | Posted 10.17.2014 | Fifty
Marc Middleton

The process of trying to creatively stimulate a group of residents at Serenades Memory Care Assisted Living is called poetry facilitation. But to many, it's nothing short of magic.

The Secret Art of Coping With Alzheimer's

Sally P. Flack | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Sally P. Flack

Could there be an art to helping a loved one who is stricken with this horrible disease?

Genetic Hand-Me-Downs

Greg O'Brien | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My grandmother, Loretta Sinnott Brown, called me "snippy snooper" as a young boy because I was always "snooping around," asking too many questions, fo...

Yagana Shah

Internet Use May Protect Your Brain Against Aging | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty

Turns out, your smartphone isn't so bad for you after all. In fact, it may help protect your brain against age-related cognitive decline. Brazilian...

Desperate for Alzheimer's Caregiving Information? Go to

Marie Marley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Need information and advice about wandering? Agitation? Hallucinations? Incontinence? Go to Need help finding an assisted living facility in your community? Yes. Go to Would you like to enroll your loved on in a clinical trial? has an online feature to help you find one.

Love Doesn't Just Disappear

Abby Heugel | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

We all have times that we feel alone or fear that somehow we'll be forgotten simply because we've changed in a way that others find hard to accept.

People With Alzheimer's May Yearn to Be Touched

Marie Marley | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

A stunning video shows Sol Rogers interacting with his wife, Rita, who has Alzheimer's and was unable to talk or walk. He got in bed with her, cuddled...

How to Hire an Adult Caregiver

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

No matter what approach is used to find a caregiver, it is important to remember that many times this process involves trial and error, and it isn't always simple. It is, however, an important process that must be taken seriously if the right caregiver is to be found.

Fat Gain = Brain Loss

Mike Sheridan | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Mike Sheridan

Without a doubt we will all die one day, but the question of how is largely dependent on your behavior. Whether of the heart, or of the brain, degenerative disease is not inevitable. Change your actions and you change your outcome!

The Unexpected Face of Alzheimer's

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

The more active our community becomes, the more visible we are and the stronger our voice, the harder it will be for elected officials, policy makers, corporate America and the voters to ignore us.

Yagana Shah

The Scary Way Midlife Drinking Impacts Memory Later In Life | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

Alcohol abuse is no doubt a painful thing, causing health and relationship troubles. But researchers now have reason to believe that the consequences ...