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What You Need to Know About Your Blood Sugar Results

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

You are the most important member of your medical team. Ask your physician for a copy of your lab work. Learn about the important lab values and track them each visit. Your doctor should welcome such active participation.

What Prompted Me To Say 'I Love You' After 30 Years

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It is often said that animals and children reach dementia patients on a level people cannot. Every time Ed, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, saw my little Shih Tzu, Peter, he said, 'Oh, the lee-tle one. I love him so much.'

Goodbye, Dad

Douglas Forbes | Posted 04.22.2013 | Fifty
Douglas Forbes

My Dad will never know my daughter. And that breaks me in two. He will never speak her name. He will never hold her tiny digits. He will never cry for joy at her mere presence in a room. And yet he is still here. He is alive.

Exercise Your Body and Mind: Can We Avoid a Looming Health Crisis?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

While cardio respiratory fitness has not yet been proven to have a direct effect on halting the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, if a causal connection is found it would have a huge impact on our aging population, as well as the health of our economy.

Valentine's Day With My Husband, an Alzheimer's Patient

Linda Buytendorp | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Linda Buytendorp

My biggest fear is knowing that one day, he will no longer remember my name or who I am. I do all I can to prepare for this moment, but I know, when that time comes, it will be the worst day of my life.

Why My Mom Loves My Dad's Mistress

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My father's ability to combat the isolation of dementia by creating an imaginary and omnipresent mate may not be unique to him. Imagination may possibly hold the gifts of comfort and solace as we face the uncertainties of old age.

Valentine's Day: The Perfect Day to Show Your Love to Someone with Alzheimer's Disease

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

One of the most basic human needs is to feel loved, and Valentine's Day presents the perfect opportunity for caregivers to meet this need for someone with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

Confessions Of A Worn-Out Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 04.12.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was a caregiver for seven long years for Dr. Edward Theodoru, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years. In the early and mid-stages of his dementia I did many things I was later not proud of. At all.

Is My Memory Loss Normal? The Difference Between Forgetfulness and Early Onset Dementia

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 04.08.2013 | Fifty
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

My car was gone. I stood stunned for a minute, knowing there had to be a reasonable explanation -- just one that had escaped my mind.

Exercise In Middle Age Reaps Surprising Health Perk Later In Life

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty

Most people know that regular exercise can help you alleviate a wide range of health concerns, everything from stroke to arthritis to certain types of...

A Shocking Number Of Americans Are Getting The Wrong Cancer Treatment

Posted 02.04.2013 | Fifty

The way cancer treatments are determined could change for the better, with doctors focusing on mapping the entire genome of a patient's specific cance...

8 Ways to Spot Your Denial About Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

At first, denial can be a healthy defense against admitting that your loved one has dementia. Denial helps you block the more painful aspects of reality. However, if denial continues too long, then it can be life-threatening to you and your loved one.

Why Living Between Two Slices Of Bread Was What I Expected

Mary Novaria | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

I was furious about all of it -- my mother's incapacity, my daughter's teenage angst -- and the fact that I couldn't fix any of it. I am the oldest child, after all -- the hero, the one who tries to fix everything.

My Parents' Dementia And The Last Lesson They Taught Me

Guideposts | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Caring for the ones who had been so capable is not easy. All my life I've asked God to lead me to where he needed me. Again and again he's answered that prayer. But this time there were no easy answers.

How to Tell If a Loved One Has Dementia

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

If you find yourself faced with these 10 signs of dementia, please get help for your loved one. And seek help for yourself too, so that you can deal with your loved one's illness effectively.

A Troubling Side Effect Of Hearing Loss

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 01.23.2013 | Fifty

A new study has found a troubling link between hearing loss and dementia: Hearing specialists from Johns Hopkins report that hearing-impaired adults b...

Saying Goodbye to Our Parents: Their Trip Home

Gary Nelson | Posted 03.24.2013 | Fifty
Gary Nelson

Maybe where this place called home is located is not what's so important. Instead, it's what we believe home to be, which is someplace very familiar to us, the place where we all came from.

A Gentleman To The Very End

Marie Marley | Posted 03.20.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed at 80 In all the years before Alzheimer's struck, Ed, my Romanian life partner of 30 years, was always gallant and romantic. He was the quintesse...

Rock Legend Bounces Back After Surgery For 'Curable' Dementia

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living

To the world's amazement, rock legend Dick Wagner is back onstage after overcoming a slew of debilitating medical problems, including a heart attack, ...

Aging in a Foreign Land: An Elderly Vietnamese Woman Speaks

Andrew Lam | Posted 03.13.2013 | Women
Andrew Lam

Author's note: Growing old in America can mean growing more isolated, and that's particularly tough on immigrants whose home cultures stress strong fa...

Remembering to Forget

Grant Ginder | Posted 03.13.2013 | Books
Grant Ginder

Lately, I can't help but think that as my grandmother slips away from me, maybe it's in that instant where I can find a silver lining. As her memories betray her and abandon her, maybe they're also making room for someone to paint something a little better.

Finally, Some Good News About Alzheimer's? (STUDY)

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty

Researchers at Utah State University have discovered that the progression of decline in brain functioning among Alzheimer's patients may be dramatical...

25 Tips For Coping With Memory Troubles

Marie Marley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

If you have early Alzheimer's -- or if you simply have a bad memory -- it can impair your ability to do simple as well as complicated tasks. Fortunately there are many ways to help you compensate for a declining memory.

She's Not Dead Yet

Courtney Garcia | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Courtney Garcia

When I went home for the holidays this year, I overheard my mom and uncle discussing arrangements for my grandmother's funeral, which struck me off-guard since my grandma's not dead.

Considering Caregiving

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new.