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Alzheimer's Disease: You Can Reduce Your Risk

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Most physicians now believe that the damage done by Alzheimer's is irreversible and that the best hope lies in preventing it. This is particularly true for people at higher risk. I believe passionately that we should all know what those risks factors are and work to turn them in our favor.

At 50, When Do I Get Life Alert?

Sue Carswell | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Sue Carswell

I often wonder if I need Life Alert, even at age 50. Sometimes, I think we all need Life Alert if we live alone.

How My Soul Mate Became A Ladies' Man (And Why I Loved It)

Marie Marley | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

At lunch with my best friend, Marsha, one day, I poured out my soul about the problems I was having with Ed, my beloved Romanian soul mate of 30 years. He had Alzheimer's and was living in a top-notch long-term care facility which specialized in the care of people with dementia.

Letter to My Children

Allison Fine  | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Allison Fine 

I share this story with you, my three sons, to make a point: I do these things now, when I'm 48, and believe they're quirky and charming, although your teenage selves may strongly disagree. This letter outlines the things I do now that do not qualify as reasons to put me out to pasture.

Living With Alzheimer's, Looking for a Home

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

We can take each of those seven characteristics of "home" and use them to assess living environments for people with dementia, remembering that significant accommodations may need to be made to recreate the home experience that patients yearn for.

6 Memory Problems That You Shouldn't Lose Sleep Over

Next Avenue | Posted 11.11.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Kirk R. Daffner, M.D. Plus: Expert advice for when forgetfulness becomes a concern It's normal to forget some t...

'Somewhere Beautiful' -- a Different Soundtrack of our Lives

Ilene Angel | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty
Ilene Angel

I used to play what I referred to as "the nursing home circuit." It was a chance to spend a little time performing music without any agenda and simply bring joy to people.

When the End Is Near, What Really Matters?

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I felt as if ordering hospice care for Ed would be tantamount to signing his death warrant.

The Huff/Post50 'Yay! of the Day'

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.03.2013 | Fifty
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

Enough already with the negative news. Instead of dwelling on the bad stuff (or Kim Kardashian), let's focus on a few things every day that will make us say 'Yay!'

Knowledge of Behavioral Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease Helps Post-Disaster, Anytime

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

For the massive number of victims of Hurricane Sandy, life has changed. If you think of how difficult it is for healthy people to endure nature's wrath, just imagine how individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia might be feeling.

Wise Advice from Dr. Ruth on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Dr. Ruth takes a firm stance on the hotly controversial issue of whether to find another partner. "Though it's not your spouse's fault," she says, "you've been abandoned. If you need the love, the companionship and, yes, the sexual gratification of a relationship, then by all means seek one out."

Help for Seniors Who Worry About Memory Problems

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.29.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

My mother, who's 72, has become very forgetful lately and is worried she may have Alzheimer's. Is her forgetfulness really something we should worry about? What should we do?

The Terrifying Moment My Father Disappeared

Posted 10.22.2012 | Fifty

I heard my mother screaming from upstairs, screaming that she couldn’t find my father. The fact that I hadn’t watched him, that he had escaped the safety of that living room while I slept beside him, shook me.

Singer Amy Grant Talks About Caring For Her Mom And Dad

Posted 10.20.2012 | Fifty

Singer/songwriter Amy Grant, 52, is a six-time Grammy winner. She also one of 42 million Americans who act as caregivers for loved ones. On Friday, Gr...

Alex Karras, John Mackey, Head Injuries and When Enough Is Enough

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 12.18.2012 | Sports
Kelly Kleiman

Most reports of Alex Karras's death noted that he had dementia, but not that he attributed his dementia to his years playing in the NFL. Nor did they...

Brilliant Scholar Didn't Regret Losing His Mind

Marie Marley | Posted 12.17.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

We often refer to such people as "walking encyclopedias," but Ed was far more. Ed was a walking library.

The Funeral Costume

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

My father rallied, but he was decidedly diminished. My husband bought a black suit. I did the same. For a year, our suits lived in the empty closet in my grown son's room, zipped safely away in a garment bag. I called mine 'my funeral costume.'

How to Behave When Visiting a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 12.09.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Visiting loved ones in their nursing homes is essential for your well-being as well as theirs. When your loved one is admitted, talk with the administrator or director of nursing about their policies for visits. Some facilities have written guidelines while others may have unwritten rules.

My Mother's Ghost

John Malik | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
John Malik

It's the third time in an hour that my mom has called and now we're in the middle of dinner, so I tell the kids that I'll call her back, but I really don't want to. My mother has been in an assisted living community for a year and her Alzheimer's-induced dementia has steadily spirited her away.

Will Our Next Leader Be The 'Alzheimer's President?'

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.02.2012 | Fifty

While many voters are focused on the economy, national security, education or Social Security in this presidential election year, Alzheimer's research...

What You Really Need to Survive As a Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The next time you're feeling burned out and at the end of your proverbial rope, sit down, take a deep breath and start listing all the ways you are going to get assistance.

Overnight Dementia 'Camp' Allows Caregivers Rest

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty

NEW YORK — Just after 10 p.m., when most people their age are going to sleep, a group of elderly folks suffering from dementia are just getting ...

Alzheimer's Test: 'What If You Had a Fire in Your Kitchen?'

Marie Marley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed answered the knock on his door and found Nancy, a pretty young lady in her mid-20s, standing there. He smiled and gestured for her to enter. "Oh, I'm so excited to see you again. How have you been? Ed had never seen Nancy before.

Writer Alex Witchel On Her Mother's Dementia: 'She's There, But She's Not'

The Huffington Post | Lori Fradkin | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty

If you’re lucky enough to have a mother who was sort of a center of the world for you, then to not be able to have her, even though she’s sitting right there in front of you, is just devastating. She’s there, but she’s not.

Dementia Patient's Strange Request Foreshadows Tragedy

Marie Marley | Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"Tomorrow?" he asked. "What do you have to do that's so important you can't come back until tomorrow?" I didn't know what to say. "Well, when do you want me to come back?" I finally asked. "Today!" "Okay," I said, playing along. "I'll come back today."