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4 No-Nonsense Solutions to the Looming Dementia Crisis

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

The dementia tsunami is coming, fast. We all know it, and it will affect every single one of us, either directly or through our loved ones. That we ar...

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Collective Memories and the Vow to Never Forget

Frank Dimant | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Frank Dimant

Today we commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to honour the memories of the over six million victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II, an unprecedented event in human history that saw a third of world Jewry wiped out.

A Look Into the Dramatic Rise in Alzheimer's Cases

Eric J. Hall | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The hard truth of the matter is that Alzheimer's disease is growing in prevalence in our world today, and the amount of funding given to this disease, in comparison to the number of lives it takes, simply does not add up.

Caregivers: The Unsung (and Quietly Suffering) Heroes

Melissa Thompson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Melissa Thompson

The impending surge in cases of dementia creates an urgent need to take aggressive action now to address the needs of our aging population and their families.

Let Them Eat Cake!

Valerie Alexander | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

We are all going to die. Our parents are going to die. There is nothing any of us can do to stop that. So if you truly love someone, help that person find the most happiness they can during their time on this plane of existence, even if that shortens it slightly. I'd rather have five good years than eight lousy ones.

How I Talked to My Daughter About Death

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

He hugged her back, and looked at me. His eyes were watery. I was not sure if it was from tears or not. She climbed down and said, "We should go so BaBop can rest."

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 3 Tips for Restoring Harmony to Your Relationship With Your Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I can't promise following this advice will stop all the fights," she said. "But it'll help. Why don't you try it for a while and see what happens?"

I'm Climbing Everest for a Cause

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Kuntal Joisher

Yes, I know hundreds of people attempt to summit the highest point in the world every year, but I'd like to think my journey is special. I'm climbing in honor of my father for over a decade.

The Challenge of Being Present With My Daughter As My Father Is Dying

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.15.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Flora Ross

It is so strange to go about your normal day-to-day activities when one of your loved ones is slowly dying. I find parenting to be particularly challenging right now. Being present with my daughter is hard. So is being patient. I am distracted. Full of emotions. On the edge.

Study Reveals Who's More Likely To Get Alzheimer's -- Men Or Women -- And Why

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.15.2014 | Fifty

Even though the number of people living with dementia is expected to double to 65.7 million by 2030, no one has yet to figure out the definitive cause...

10 Creative Ways to Help When Your Help Isn't Wanted

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

Parents are driven by a need for control, and their adult children are driven by a need to solve problems, get things done, and tick items off a to-do list. That disconnect can be crazymaking -- for both sides.

How A Man With Alzheimer's Proved Chivalry Is Not Dead

Marie Marley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed had been charming and chivalrous for as long as I had known him. One might have expected these qualities to disappear once he developed Alzheimer's, but the opposite occurred. He became even more charismatic than before.

Rescue Dogs Bring Joy to Homebound Elderly

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

OK guys, be warned: this is one of the most heartwarming stories you'll read on National Pet Day.

The Odyssey of Memory

Stephen Bowman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephen Bowman

America's Baby Boomers are transfixed by the rapidly declining health of their parents: embarrassing incontinence one day, excruciating constipation a...

Staying Positive With Dementia: 'There's Still A Lot Of Good Life Out There'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

Ron Grant is adamant that his dementia won't define his life. “There’s still a lot of good life out there,” said Grant, who was diagnosed wit...

Work Longer, Think Longer: Why Your Brain Loves the Economic Crisis

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 06.08.2014 | Science
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Thanks to the economic crisis, the American dream of retirement in our 60s is dead or dying. Eighty is the new 60. But is this really that bad of an outcome? Your brain sees a silver lining.

The Man He Was Before

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 06.07.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

The man I'm writing about is no longer with us. That is what dementia does; it steals the essence of the person. You lose your loved one before you lose them.

9 Ideas For Music Therapy For Alzheimer's Patients At Home

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 06.04.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

My dad couldn't always remember my name, but he could sing every word of "The Blue Skirt Waltz." When he danced with his youngest granddaughter to Frankie Yankovic, the effects of his dementia disappeared into a polka beat.

Why The Alzheimer's Epidemic Hits Women Hardest

Next Avenue | Sherri Snelling | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sherri Snelling More than 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and a new report by the Alzhe...

The Day I Became A Stranger To My Father

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

As I drove along the highway, I noticed it was what my mom likes to call, 'A blue, white and green day.' That epitomizes Florida to her. Vibrant blue sky. White puffy clouds. Luscious green foliage. My dad had spent nearly 12 years here living out his retirement dream. Until the hell that is dementia entered our lives.

Alzheimer's Toll Continues to Rise as Research Reveals Startling New Facts on the Disease's Death Rate

Eric J. Hall | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

A new study has revealed that there are more uncounted victims of Alzheimer's disease than previously expected.

Visiting Carolyn Kizer: Mentorship From a Woman Poet Is No Small Thing

Annie Finch | Posted 05.26.2014 | Books
Annie Finch

At that moment, as I gave Carolyn my last hug, it happened -- in a voice I will never forget. She looked right into my eyes, and she spoke.

Don't Believe These 6 Excuses That Add Stress to Alzheimer's Care

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

You're right. Nobody can replace you. But you're not looking for a replacement. All you need is somebody to relieve you, for a little while.

5 Naked Truths About Sex, Your Parents -- and Alzheimer's

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

Sexual urges can run hot and bothered long after an Alzheimer's diagnosis -- in ways that can often leave surprised targets simply bothered.

The Ripple Effect

John Malik | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
John Malik

I sat in my supervisor's office and wiped away my tears as Karen told me that yes, the memory of that entire week was already gone. She had seen many families torn apart by Alzheimer's and now here I was, going through the same thing.