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The Doctor and the Patient

Greg O'Brien | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

Barry says you can fish on the flats for two hours -- an hour before and after low tide -- without having to worry. The tide, as it is with aging, creeps in deceptively.

Why Music: Telling the Story of Music and the Mind

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.26.2014 | 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...

The Food You Should Be Eating To Help Ward Off Alzheimer's

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty

For those looking to combat Alzheimer's, a new animal study is shedding light on a snack that may reduce the risk and even help prevent the disease: w...

Rivers of Our Memory

Greg O'Brien | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My prayer is that you will be moved to action by this film -- for yourself, for your children, and for your grandchildren. Alzheimer's, or related dementia, could be your story someday, or the story of a loved one.

Nobel Discovery Opens Window Onto Alzheimer's Disease

Reuters | Ben Hirschler | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty

The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body's internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medici...

Telling Time: The Vintage Design of Alzheimer's Clocks

Sarah Archer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Archer

There might be no clearer metaphor for mental clarity than that clock: we describe the timing of the very punctual among us as being like a "Swiss watch."

Punch Line: Delivering the Difficult News

Greg O'Brien | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

I had to tell my children that I was just diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a demon of a disease that had taken their maternal grandfather and grandmother. I learned early on in journalism that if you don't tell your story, someone else will tell it for you.

Wandering Solutions for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

According to the Alzheimer's Association, about 60 percent of people who suffer from dementia wander at some point. For caregivers, this can be frightening because many of those who wander off end up confused and lost, even in their own neighborhood, and are unable to communicate who they are or where they live. But there are things you can do to guard against this and protect your loved one.

How My Mother And I Are Handling Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.13.2014 | Fifty
Mardra Sikora

My mother is a character from a Tennessee Williams play... but without a Southern accent. I am her second child and was born when she was 16 years old. Her childhood was cut short and never spoken of in a way that imparted a sense of safety or innocence. Each man she ran away with she hoped would rescue her from the last. She gave up every child she bore to some degree.

Sally Kirkland's Triumphant Return in 'Archaeology of a Woman'

Xaque Gruber | Posted 11.09.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

This week, making its New York City premiere, Writer/Director Sharon Greytak's gripping Archaeology of a Woman, plunges deeper into the portrait of dementia and its disturbing effects than any other recent film on the subject.

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...

A Place Called Pluto

Greg O'Brien | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

Anyone who doesn't think they are going to die some day, please raise your right hand. Death comes to all. In the natural we have little rule over ti...

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.

Diabetes Drug May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Reuters | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty

By Ransdell Pierson July 14 (Reuters) - A large German study is the latest clinical trial to suggest that a cheap generic treatment fo...

Memory Is Everything -- Until You Lose It

Greg O'Brien | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

"Memory is everything. Without it we are nothing," observed neuroscientist Eric Kandel, winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking research...

My Father's Battle with Alzheimers

Howard Fillit, MD | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Howard Fillit, MD

I knew my father was following a typical Alzheimer's course. After more than 35 years of geriatric medical practice, I have watched this devastating disease unfold in similar ways for thousands of patients. But watching my father's mind deteriorate was uniquely painful.

Why We Need the Humanities to Improve Health Care

Eric J. Hall | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

When Dan Cohen founded Music and Memory in 2006, he had a simple idea: Someday, if he ended up in a nursing home, he wanted to be able to listen to his favorite '60s music. Well, his brainstorm paid off, not only for Cohen but for scores of others.

How My Granddad's Disease Makes My Heart Stronger

Laura McCarter | Posted 07.27.2014 | Teen
Laura McCarter

In my mind I compare it to people walking through a forest as the sky gets dark: they just need a flashlight to help find their path. In my mind that is what my family members and I are doing; we're flashlights guiding my granddad through everyday tasks.

Scientists Say Antidepressant May Slow Alzheimer's Disease

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 05.14.2014 | Fifty

With the number of people living with dementia expected to double to 65.7 million by 2030, any breakthrough in the Alzheimer's arena is a welcome one ...

'Rates Will Quadruple' And 11 Other Things You Didn't Know About Alzheimer's

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.04.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Whatever projections exist for long term healthcare costs, unless we get on top of the Alzheimer's crisis, those projections are likely to be way understated. Due to the near perfect correlation between aging and Alzheimer's, the longevity miracle of the 20th century is yielding a health crisis for the 21st.

Landmark Alzheimer's Study Pinpoints Protein That Protects Aging Brain

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 03.20.2014 | Fifty

The conundrum has stumped doctors for years. Why do neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's affect only the elderly? Why do some people live to...

How to Care for the Alzheimer's Caregiver in Your Life

Eric J. Hall | Posted 04.25.2014 | Impact
Eric J. Hall

For the millions of people from all over the globe that are dealing with Alzheimer's disease, the family and friends that act as their caregivers are ...

Precautions and Care Tips for Alzheimer's Patients During Cold Weather

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While most people face certain weather-related challenges during the winter when going about their everyday lives, for those with Alzheimer's disease, the complications can be even more severe.

'I Feel Like A Frightened 10-Year-Old Boy Looked After By A Babysitter He Doesn't Know'

Edward M. Weinman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Fifty
Edward M. Weinman

'Shitwa!' The word was a polite way to curse so as not to teach her 12 children epithets that they might repeat in school or in a public place, like a grocery store. Yes, my mother had 12 kids.