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Alzheimers Care

What It's Like To Watch My Mother As Alzheimer's Creeps In

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 03.18.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

Memory is tricky, even people without Alzheimer's forget where they put their keys or why they went upstairs. Was I looking for something in the bedroom? Yes, that's right, I need a sweater.

The Little Question That Can Change Alzheimer's Care

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

If you want to change the behavior of someone with Alzheimer's, ask yourself this little question: WHY?

Why Alzheimer's Isn't Always Depressing

Marie Marley | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's is a deadly serious disease and deservedly so. Yet I ask this: Does being 'serious' mean that it is horrible and depressing? Yes, it can be horrible and depressing. But is it always that way? I think not.

How Medicare Covers Alzheimer's Disease

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Here's a breakdown of what Medicare does and doesn't cover when it comes to Alzheimer's disease, along with some tips that can help you plan ahead.

Understanding Dementia: What to Expect With Sundowning

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Sundowning is one of the many side effects of dementia that experts have yet to fully understand. However, many professionals believe that dementia may cause damage to the body's internal clock, which is why sundowning is so common.

Ethics of Care: Guiding the Treatment of Dementia in the 21st Century

Elijah Wolfson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Elijah Wolfson

This is a much different type of caregiving than simply making sure a patient gets her meds or does her physical rehabilitation program; working with dementia patients requires a subtle, holistic, and ethically-based approach.

Promoting Independence for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

It may not always be easy to be patient while your loved one with memory loss manages these routine activities, but remember to take a deep breath, keep calm and help them to be successful each day.

The Power of Compassion

Eric J. Hall | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While it may not be the most innovative approach, but clearly a necessary one for success, compassion is moving Alzheimer's disease to the top of the list on the national and global "things to get done today."

The Evolution of a Mother/Daughter Relationship in the Face of Alzheimer's

Shelly Wemhoener | Posted 07.10.2013 | Fifty
Shelly Wemhoener

I will always wonder what life would have been like if my mother hadn't developed this devastating disease.

Is A Brain Zap The Solution To Alzheimer's?

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 01.22.2013 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone's brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memor...

How Do You Honor Tradition When A Parent Has Alzheimer's?

Dr. Amy D'Aprix | Posted 02.22.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Amy D'Aprix

Think about the positive memories you can create with your family, while making the holidays easier on yourself and your parents. Although it is difficult, acknowledge that you may need to change your traditions in order to do so.

Loved Ones With Alzheimer's: The Cost of Care

Sean Kell | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty
Sean Kell

Memory care, a care type providing unique and intensive assistance to seniors with dementia conditions, has quickly become one of the fastest growing segments of senior care options. It is also quite costly.

Being a Successful Caregiver: Getting the Support You Need

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Receiving the news that a loved has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related form of dementia is often life-changing. As our population ages, more and more of us are faced with the difficult reality that our loved ones are experiencing increased memory impairment.

Finding Maria: Spiritual Care and Alzheimer's Disease

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Maria fulfilled a profound purpose in those last few months of her life; she taught me the soul cannot be diminished by any illness or injury that damages the physical body.

The Journey of Finding Senior Care and Housing: Nursing Homes and Beyond

Sean Kell | Posted 09.07.2012 | Fifty
Sean Kell

Whether a result of denial, limited personal resources or a lack of desire to plan ahead, there is a clear misconception among Americans of the choices available today. Here are some tips to help understand the variety of senior living options and how to assess which ones may be best suited for your loved one.

The Surprising Number Of Alzheimer's Patients Who Live Alone

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Elaine Vlieger is making some concessions to Alzheimer's. She's cut back on her driving, frozen dinners replace once elaborate cook...

Making Alzheimer's Moms Happy With Just a One-Minute Call a Day

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

I would like to share one small thing I have discovered with my mother, that's made a huge difference in how I feel about living so far from her.

Draft National Alzheimer's Plan Is Disappointing

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We need a National Alzheimer's Plan that reflects the psychosocial/mental health needs of Americans with dementia and their families, and that creates opportunities for them to have a vastly improved quality of life.

You're Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don't: Making a Film in an Alzheimer's Unit

Scott Kirschenbaum | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Scott Kirschenbaum

In the fall of 2008, I wrote a screenplay I intended to film entirely in an Alzheimer's unit. After many weeks of rehearsals, I arrived at a troubling realization: I was not just making a challenging film -- I was making the wrong film.

A Bold New Attack on the Alzheimer's Scourge

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Hodin

What if a preeminent global health authority declared there's a public health "time bomb" among us? What if he were the person most responsible for leading the coalition that turned HIV/AIDS from a certain death sentence into a manageable illness?

Nursing Home Placement for Alzheimer's Patients -- It Can Be the Most Loving Choice

Marie Marley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

When you reach the point where you're physically worn out and emotionally spent the majority of the time, stop and give some serious consideration to placing your loved one in a high-quality long-term care facility. It isn't a copout. It can be by far the most loving course of action.

Connecting With Alzheimer's Patients -- Even in the Latest Stages of the Disease

Marie Marley | Posted 04.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

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.

Minding The Brain: Strategies To Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There has been enormous attention of late to the grim and genuinely frightening problem of Alzheimer's disease. The problem is grim by its very nature -- there is little we contemplate with greater dread than the loss of our minds, our very selves.

The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: A Book Review

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 03.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

In this new book on Alzheimer's prevention, Dr. Gary Small and his co-author (and spouse) Gigi Vorgan clearly lay out a plan to prevent, delay and diminish the symptoms of AD for those who are at risk, which is most of us if we live long enough.

Could This Be The Key To A Healthy Brain?

Gary W. Small, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Gary W. Small, M.D.

My wife's 103-year-old grandmother lived in a third floor walk-up apartment in New York City. The exercise she got on those stairs and errands may not only have protected her heart so she could live past 100, it may also have protected her brain.