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Memory Loss

A Critical Resource for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 04.01.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Jean's mother, Irene, had been having memory problems and frequent confusion for quite some time and Jean took her to the doctor to discuss these issu...

How To Remember Things Like A 20-Year-Old

AARP Life Reimagined | Sarah Mahoney | Posted 01.29.2015 | Fifty

Who hasn’t lost track of someone’s name or spaced an appointment, blaming it on a midlife memory lapse? This can be scary when you’re considerin...

What Happened to My Son's Memory?

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Jackson

I'm mid-conversation with my 15-year-old, and he's filling me in on the happenings of his day. They chose pseudonyms in French class. His "French" nam...

Why I Volunteer

Marie Marley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Everyone wants to be needed. We all want to feel we're making a difference in someone else's life. It's a universal human need.

What Happened to My Son's Memory? Science Explains Phenomena Affecting Digital Natives

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Jackson

As a parenting expert and author, I'm fortunate enough to work with some of the premiere universities and hospitals currently conducting research on this very subject. So shouldn't I be inoculated against this type of unwelcome infiltration in my own home? Um, hell no. No parent is.

Daily Meditations for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Did you ever wish you had a book of spiritual readings about Alzheimer's caregiving you could read every day to help inspire, comfort and encourage yo...

5 Tips for Talking With a Person Who Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 03.16.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I don't have a daughter," she said matter of factly. "Oh," I countered, picking up the family photo again and holding it out for her to see. "You just told me you have a daughter. Here she is."

Three Tips for Getting Along With a Difficult Person With Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's sometimes have personality changes that can be extremely negative. Formerly sweet loved ones can become argumentative and even...

Leeza Gibbons' Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

While she does have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Leeza is also a powerful star in the world of Alzheimer's caregiving. Both her mother and grandmother had the disorder, and that's when she learned first-hand how devastating the disease can be for caregivers.

What Scientists Learned From The World's Most Famous Amnesiac

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.30.2014 | Science

Kent Cochrane, a man with one of the most studied brains in history, died this year at the age of 62, leaving scientists with a far greater understand...

5 Holiday Safety and Enjoyment Tips for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Even though you are no longer able to celebrate all of the holiday events the exact same way you did before, there are still numerous ways to enjoy the season if you adopt that "live in the moment" attitude.

There May Be Some Hope For Restoring Lost Memories In The Brain

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.23.2014 | Science

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States -- affecting more than 5 million Americans. Perhaps the most de...

When It's Alzheimer's Should the Person Be Told the Diagnosis?

Marie Marley | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When it's Alzheimer's should the person be told the diagnosis? This can be a difficult ethical issue. Telling or not telling the patient the diagnosis is a very personal decision.

Two Men With Dementia Become Life-Long Friends

Marie Marley | Posted 02.17.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I remember reading somewhere that people with Alzheimer's enjoy being with others like them. The following story clearly illustrates that.

When Alzheimer's Is Amusing

Marie Marley | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's disease is a deadly serious topic, and deservedly so. But sometimes laughter is the best medicine. So I'm going to share some amusing stories about my colorful, eccentric life partner, Ed. He also found them funny and we both had a good laugh! I was laughing with him -- not at him.

My Surprising Transformation After My Second Retirement

Marie Marley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

That extremely stressful caregiving experience was to be the seed of an exciting transformation. Life gave me a lemon and so, although I didn't plan it and really wasn't even aware of it, I made lemonade.

Why Music: Telling the Story of Music and the Mind

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

Meet Una Vida -- a jazz singer from New Orleans confronted with the daunting challenge of caring for herself as her mind and memory start to slip away...

5 Ways You Can Help Reduce the Risk of Developing Alzheimer's Disease

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 01.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Thanks to celebrities like Glen Campbell willing to tell their stories, many more people are now familiar with Alzheimer's -- the deadly disease that slowly robs a person's memory and ability to perform everyday activities.

Are You Concerned You May Be Developing Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Two groups of people are especially vulnerable to the fear they are getting dementia - those who have a loved one with dementia and those who work with dementia patients, say at a nursing home or assisted living memory care unit.

What I've Gained Through Memory Loss

Jennifer Boyd-Einstein and Paula Mangin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Jennifer Boyd-Einstein and Paula Mangin

As the doors slammed shut behind me, I frantically realized my jacket was not in my arms or on my body, but instead was resting comfortably on a seat-back en-route to Glen Park. CRAP. I sullenly stomped out of the station and into the cool fall air sans jacket and wits.

Why Tip-Of-The-Tongue Syndrome Terrifies Me

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

For the past few years, my husband and I have been engaged in a sort of memory-loss Olympics. We are constantly keeping track of who forgets more.

What It's Like To Remember Almost Everything That Has Ever Happened To You

Science Of Us | Alexa Tsoulis-Reay | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

About 15 years ago, prompted by a distressed letter from a 34-year-old woman who could precisely recall each and every thought she’d had during each...

5 Problems Associated With Caring for a Mid- to Late-Stage Alzheimer's Patient at Home

Marie Marley | Posted 01.13.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is a highly controversial issue. Many people would rather die than do it. But in some -- not all -- cases, such placement may actually be the best solution for the patient.

How To Boost Your Practical Memory (And Stop Losing Your Keys)

Lifehacker | Tori Reid | Posted 11.12.2014 | World

When you know how to use it, nothing works more efficiently than your own memory, even if you think your memory is lacking. An average memory is a lot...

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Need Professional Advice This Very Instant?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be extremely difficult. If you reach the end of your rope and need advice on the spot, two organizations have helplines you can easily access: the Alzheimer's Association and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. (Please note, however, that you should call 911 for emergencies.)