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The Unexpected Face of Alzheimer's

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 07.31.2014 | 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.

Worried About Your Memory? Here's When To Go To The Doctor

Marie Marley | Posted 07.29.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Anna is concerned about her memory. It seems she's having a lot of 'senior moments' lately. She often misplaces her keys and has trouble remembering the names of people to whom she's been introduced. She can't help but worry it could be something more serious. In fact, she is nearly paralyzed by the fear that she may be developing Alzheimer's.

How You Can Help Someone Who Is an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 07.10.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

These people desperately need all the assistance they can get. It will help them preserve their own well-being. It will also help them improve their caregiving since no one can be a good caregiver if they're burned out all the time.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

10 Things People With Alzheimer's Have Taught Me

Marie Marley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's caregiving and pride don't mix! To avoid embarrassing the person or, even worse, to avoid a major argument, try agreeing with whatever they say, even if it's wrong. It takes some time to master this approach, but it is usually successful.

An Unknown Legacy of Casey Kasem -- Supporting Patients in Need

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

On Father's Day June 15, 2014, the world lost Casey Kasem. I identified with Casey because we were both music lovers, both short and both very friendly. But also, we were both committed to supporting cancer patients in need of help.

Alzheimer's Caregiving May Be Wrecking Your Health

Marie Marley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Not surprisingly, an article published in the American Journal of Nursing states that caring for someone with dementia is particularly challenging, causing "more severe negative health effects than other types of caregiving."

10 Ways to Parent Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People who have Alzheimer's disease will gradually lose the ability to manage their own affairs and carry out routine activities of daily living. When this happens you will need to step in and help out. In effect you become the parent, caring for them as they cared for you when you were growing up.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 5 Tips for Dealing With Family Conflict

Marie Marley | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Having a family member with Alzheimer's disease is a stressful situation for everyone involved. The conflict typically affects the primary caregiver more than other family members.

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.

A Tender Alzheimer's Love Story

Marie Marley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, had Alzheimer's. And I knew I'd never be able to accept it. It was so bad I couldn't have a meaningful two-way exchange with him. He couldn't advise me about my problems or praise me for my successes as he'd always done.

Grief: What to Do When It Never Ends

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Joyce sits alone in her bedroom every night. Most nights, she ends up bursting into tears over the loss of her husband of 30 years. The pain is searin...

How to Convince a Loved One With Alzheimer's Symptoms to Go to the Doctor

Marie Marley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It's critical for everyone involved to overcome their denial and take the first difficult step of consulting a physician about the symptoms. Some people think there's no reason to seek a diagnosis because there's no cure for the disease. Yet it's is important for several reasons.

Taking Care of an Elderly Parent -- and Not Loving It? How to Turn Resentment Into Patience and Joy

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

As a caregiver, you are under a great deal of emotional pressure. Emotions are not "good" or "bad" -- they're just bottled-up energy. Keep the bottle corked, and all that energy will eventually become too intense to hold inside.

6 Timely Things to Know If Your Mom Has Alzheimer's

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

If your mom has Alzheimer's disease, Mother's Day, other holidays, and her birthday can be bittersweet. It's hard enough to watch your mother get older. Being an eye-witness to a brain-altering disease can also try your patience and break your heart.

How To Recognize The Early Signs Of Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Alzheimer's is, above all, an insidious disease. Its symptoms typically begin so mildly and progress so slowly that it's easy to deny them until one day there may be a 'defining incident;' an incident so bizarre, so far out, so outlandish that not even the spouse, child or other loved one can ignore it.

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How Stress Can Make Junk Food Even More Harmful

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.01.2014 | Healthy Living

When Marie Marley was caring for Edward Theodoru, her partner with Alzheimer's, he was the first thing she thought about when she woke up, and the las...

A Look Into the Dramatic Rise in Alzheimer's Cases

Eric J. Hall | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The hard truth of the matter is that Alzheimer's disease is growing in prevalence in our world today, and the amount of funding given to this disease, in comparison to the number of lives it takes, simply does not add up.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: 3 Tips for Restoring Harmony to Your Relationship With Your Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"I can't promise following this advice will stop all the fights," she said. "But it'll help. Why don't you try it for a while and see what happens?"

How A Man With Alzheimer's Proved Chivalry Is Not Dead

Marie Marley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed had been charming and chivalrous for as long as I had known him. One might have expected these qualities to disappear once he developed Alzheimer's, but the opposite occurred. He became even more charismatic than before.

Why We Must Support Caregivers

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Imagine your day goes something like this: You get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush...

Bringing Dignity to Suffering

Eric J. Hall | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Health care chaplains are trained to be present for any person regardless of religion or beliefs. They don't care who the patients are or who they've been. They want to be with them where they are.

Alzheimer's Toll Continues to Rise as Research Reveals Startling New Facts on the Disease's Death Rate

Eric J. Hall | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

A new study has revealed that there are more uncounted victims of Alzheimer's disease than previously expected.

Don't Believe These 6 Excuses That Add Stress to Alzheimer's Care

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

You're right. Nobody can replace you. But you're not looking for a replacement. All you need is somebody to relieve you, for a little while.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: The Pros and Cons of Placing Your Loved One in a Facility

Marie Marley | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The caregiver may have promised his or her loved one many years before to never put them in any kind of facility for any reason. Breaking that promise would be extraordinarily difficult.