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Two Men With Dementia Become Life-Long Friends

Marie Marley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

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

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.

When Alzheimer's Is Amusing

Marie Marley | Posted 12.11.2014 | 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.

Important Tips for Visiting an Individual With Alzheimer's

Eric J. Hall | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Even when interactions get overwhelming or they seem like a lot to handle, it is important to stick with it and keep visiting them, even if they don't necessarily know who you are.

"Christmas Letter 2014"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.10.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spirits are in me), ...

A Chemo Christmas: 24 Ways to Help Those Who Are in the Hospital at the Holidays

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Here are the top five most effective things you can do for your hospitalized friend and their families during the holidays, plus 19 quick and easy ways to bring Christmas cheer and holiday fun.

My Surprising Transformation After My Second Retirement

Marie Marley | Posted 12.05.2014 | 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.

One Couple's Silver Lining After A Devastating Diagnosis

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living

There's nothing quite like a serious diagnosis to inspire a person to rethink the way they're living. When Dennis Anfuso's wife Linda was told by h...

This Is What Sustains People In Need As Nuclear Families Spread Out

Mike Bushman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Fifty
Mike Bushman

As nuclear families shrink and spread out, it's relationships built on true friendship borne out of chance encounters that increasingly sustain people in times of need.

Self-Care for the Family Caregiver

Eric J. Hall | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

With already too many things on our plates, caregivers often sacrifice their own needs to devote their time to caregiving. Reading a good book, exercising at the gym, preparing a nutritious meal, meeting an old friend for coffee... these are the events that become expendable in the face of care.

Thanksgiving Reflections: He Saved My Life After the Cancer

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Each year for my favorite holiday I reflect on those things for which I am most thankful. On my list I have always included my thanks for those th...

Michigan Cop Suicides Over Medical Marijuana Butter Conviction

Russ Belville | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Russ Belville

In Kent County, Michigan, 49-year-old Tim Bernhardt is dead by his own hand. The 22-year veteran police officer was forced to plead guilty to felony charges of maintaining a drug house, ending his law enforcement career and causing his suicide.

Are You Concerned You May Be Developing Alzheimer's?

Marie Marley | Posted 11.23.2014 | 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.

25 Ways to Help a Caregiver Manage Life During a Medical Crisis

Lori Lee | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Lori Lee

As a breast cancer survivor and a parent who cared for child in long term medical care, I enjoy spending time with other survivors and caregivers.

The Job Nobody Sees Coming

Aileen Clancy Ruess | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Aileen Clancy Ruess

Caregiving is a worthy endeavor. There is no greater joy than to serve another. Even if it involves taking care of one from a not-so-great past relationship. All families have issues. This is an opportunity to forgive and make it right.

Yagana Shah

Caregivers Reveal What It's Really Like To Look After Multiple Friends And Family

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty

This is the final installment of a three-part series entitled Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving. In honor of National Family Caregivers M...

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

Marie Marley | Posted 11.13.2014 | 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.

6 Ways Siblings Can Pull Together For Mom And Dad

Next Avenue | Sue Campbell | Posted 11.12.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sue Campbell My friend Mary’s mother died in July, and last week over dinner I asked her how she was doing. “I...

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

Marie Marley | Posted 11.06.2014 | 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.)

Your Moodiness May Be Putting You At Risk For Alzheimer's

Eric J. Hall | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

A new study has found that staying calm and avoiding intense mood swings can help women avoid the onset of Alzheimer's.

Yagana Shah

Ashley Judd On Caring For Her Dying Grandfather And The Philosophy She Lives By

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.04.2014 | Fifty

Recently Huff/Post50 had the opportunity to chat with actress and humanitarian, Ashley Judd, 46, about her experiences with caregiving. Judd spoke abo...

How Caregivers Can Seek A Little Support, Too

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 11.04.2014 | Healthy Living

Even those who spend their days tending to the needs of others must take a little time to care for themselves. Lee Woodruff, the wife of ABC News r...

11 Inspiring Quotes To Nurture Exhausted Caregivers

Next Avenue | Laine Bergeson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Laine Bergeson Caregivers give and give, but who comforts them in return? To help them avoid depletion, exhaustion a...

Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff and Shelley Emling | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty

We are the nation's caregivers. We have stepped up to the challenge of caring for our aging relatives and loved ones -- providing services that, if pa...

Caregivers Reveal What It's Really Like To Look After A Sick Partner

HuffPost | Rebecca Adams and Yagana Shah | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty

This is the first installment of a three-part series entitled Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving. In honor of National Family Caregivers M...