After 47 years of marriage, five children and 14 grandchildren, my husband, Marc, lost his beloved wife to Alzheimer's. Phyllis's illness spanned 10 cruel, heart wrenching years during which Marc was her soul caregiver.
When I received the diagnosis I cried much of the time. I lost weight. I didn't want to tell anyone about it. I kept wondering -- why me? I felt like an impaired person. I had spent all my life helping other people and here I was needing so much help myself.
On a balmy summer evening, Nina Garcia invited her fashion and charitable-minded friends to an intimate shopping and champagne event. The purpose? To build buzz for the Alzheimer's Association's annual Rita Hayworth Gala
All people with Alzheimer's and other dementias need to have entertainment. It's essential to their overall wellbeing. The key to success in providing entertainment is to find activities appropriate for the person's stage of the disease.
Alzheimer's can't wait. Not any longer. Everyone who has been touched by this disease knows its terrible effects. All of those families are waiting for the next steps of the NAPA process, starting with the president's budget.
There are four activities that can typically reach persons at all stages of Alzheimer's disease. Being visited by a child is one of them, as young Max discovered. Others include having a visit from a pet, listening to or playing music and observing or creating artwork.
I have always been a lightweight when it comes to drinking. One of my college roommates speculated that I might be afflicted with some type of anti-social disease that made me allergic to alcohol. It turns out that this "affliction" may have been protecting my brain from Alzheimer's.
Standing on the summits of the highest mountains of the world's continents has been rewarding as a mountaineer. Sending our message of hope, need and urgency to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease has been overwhelming.
Alzheimer's blows the mind of our loved ones who have it...and of everyone trying to care for them, old and young alike. In this way, Alzheimer's really spares no one, and so it's time we stop thinking of it as an "old person's disease."