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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.

James Thilman

Experience The Healing Power Of Music With 'Alive Inside'

HuffingtonPost.com | James Thilman | Posted 07.11.2014 | Entertainment

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett had planned to film Dan Cohen, a social worker and founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, for a singl...

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.

Yagana Shah

This Simple Test Could Detect The Onset Of Alzheimer's

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.08.2014 | Fifty

There's a peanut butter sniff-test, an at-home pencil and paper test, and now researchers say something as simple as a routine blood test could predic...

The Roller Coaster Life Of A Caregiver

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

The phone vibrating on my night stand woke me from a deep sleep. I fumbled to find it and looked at the time -- 4:44 AM. The phone number seemed vaguely familiar in my foggy state, but was not one I had programmed into my contacts. I have had wrong number phone calls in the middle of the night before.

My Father Gave Me the Mountains, So I Will Climb Them

Kuntal Joisher | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Kuntal Joisher

So, as I train for Everest, as I climb new mountains and face new challenges, I'll use every spare moment of my alone time to reflect on my father.

Yagana Shah

Sleep THIS Long To Keep Your Brain From Aging Faster

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty

Sure, we've heard that sleeping with your makeup on or sleeping with your face smushed into your pillow can cause you to age. But a new study says, it...

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.

Is It Dementia Or Alzheimer's Or Normal Aging? (And Does It Matter?)

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

Millions of us never find out exactly what's causing Mom to start cursing or a diligent husband to forget to pay bills. Even after memory loss and cognitive glitches become impossible to ignore, families don't always seek (or receive) an official diagnosis. We just deal with the effects.

The Little-Known Aging Illness That Needs More Awareness

Candy Schulman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Candy Schulman

When the legendary radio personality Casey Kasem died, his obituary said he'd suffered from Lewy Body disease. 'Lewy-what?' most people wondered. But I knew first-hand, watching my mother decline from this little-known, but most common, type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's.

Smart Ways To Beat The Stress Of Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 06.27.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Bethany's mother has Alzheimer's and Bethany is the primary caregiver. In fact she's the only caregiver. She's on duty 24/7 and, after three years in this role she often feels physically and mentally exhausted. If only she had some time to herself. She used to love photography but hasn't had time for that since before her mother got sick.

Coping With Dementia or Alzheimer's at Home: A Checklist for Daily Rituals

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When someone suffers from Alzheimer's disease, there are a million potential obstacles that can turn simple daily rituals like this one into a real challenge for caregivers.

5 Tips to Communicate With a Loved One Experiencing Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Kate, a 45-year-old working mother of three, has been providing care for her mother, Mary, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago. W...

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.

An Insider's Look at True Love: Kismet Trumps a Difficult Diagnosis

Deborah Shouse | Posted 08.20.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Shouse

The date was going better than Charlie Miller, age 60, could have ever imagined. It was March 2010 in Kansas City, Mo. and Charlie was sitting across from a beautiful woman in a in a midtown coffee shop, talking about life.

Music for Your Years: Improving Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease

Linda S. Noelker, PhD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Arts
Linda S. Noelker, PhD

A new, compelling film by director Michael Rossato-Bennett portrays the power of music to engage and enliven these nursing home residents to the amazement of staff and family members.

Alzheimer's Caregiving May Be Wrecking Your Health

Marie Marley | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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."

A Mindful Journey

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Imagine a marathon you did not sign up for, and yet, you are told you have to run the race until the end. To add to the challenge, you are to carry a heavy load on your shoulders, and the load will get heavier and heavier as the race goes on. This is what the dementia journey is like for most family caregivers...

5 Things I Miss About My Dad's Alzheimer's

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

Distressing as it was for everyone who knew and loved him to see him change, our good times didn't end. In fact, some of my most endearing memories of him came after he had "changed."

10 Ways to Parent Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 08.09.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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.

Does Poor Sleep Lead To Dementia?

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 08.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

As we age, and our natural sleep architecture becomes increasingly fragmented, we should all be doing what we can to try and get a good night's sleep.

Leveling the Research Playing Field for Women

Lynn Posluns | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Lynn Posluns

With the bulk of research into some of the leading diseases impacting women being conducted on male subjects, there is little understanding of what makes women more susceptible or how to begin turning the tide.

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 Bittersweet Father's Day Gift

Luise Meyer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Fifty
Luise Meyer

My heart chronically arches for my dad, for all the things I can't do to make it better for him, for when he can't remember my son or does not understand why I can't just stop by (we live in different countries).