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Mar 082018
A Mind Once Sharp and Full

Lead singer Patrick Miranda of the alternative rock band Movements is familiar with Alzheimer’s disease in more ways than one. As a child, he saw the disease in his own family. More recently, he has seen how the disease has impacted the family of his girlfriend. We sat down to talk with Patrick about how his experiences and the lack of conversation about Alzheimer’s and dementia in the music community led him to write “Deadly […]

Feb 222018
You Will Get Wet on This Ride

I washed Mom’s hair today. What a mess! For some reason, Mom, like many people living with Alzheimer’s, does not enjoy bathing or showering. Perhaps it is the overwhelming number of tasks associated with morning rituals that someone with Alzheimer’s can no longer remember how to do or what order to proceed in. I imagine Mom has a blank space in her memory when she’s asked to wash. And not being able to do it […]

Jan 022018
Rewriting Memories: Film Veteran Lois Smith Creates Oscar Buzz with “Marjorie Prime”

Actress Lois Smith’s face is one film buffs instantly recognize. Whether it’s a standout performance in a television series (“The Americans,” “True Blood”) or a memorable turn in a major motion picture (“Minority Report,” “Twister,” “East of Eden”), hers is a talent that has endured over six decades. But one wouldn’t guess that Smith recently celebrated her 87th birthday, or that she would post her first tweet that same day. She keeps people on their […]

Dec 152017
At a Crossroads During Chanukah

We are at a crossroads. Should we give Mom anti-psychotic medication to combat her hostility and irrational behavior (i.e., hallucinations, delusions, aggression, agitation), thereby knowingly accepting possible side effects of these drugs? Or should we continue to shepherd Mom through her heartbreaking performances and embrace her anger? Mom is regressing into a world of incoherence and fantasy. She experiences what my dad calls psychotic episodes between periods of greater clarity with lack of cognition and […]

Dec 152017
Accepting the New You During the Holidays – and Beyond

Every Christmas, it’s my family’s tradition to make homemade tamales! We make pork, chicken and raisin, usually 12 to 15 dozen. Christmas Eve dinner always includes these specialties, and then our extended family takes some home for Christmas morning. I love everything about this time of year, from our family get-togethers to knitting gifts and watching all of my favorite Christmas movies. Although we plan to continue these traditions together, I will be resting more […]

Nov 152017
One Day at a Time: Alzheimer’s Disease Hits Home for Senior Living Human Resources Director

It’s been nearly three years since my sister-in-law Angela called to inform me that my youngest brother Richard was heading to the Mayo Clinic to get a second opinion to confirm his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. I remember it vividly; the news stunned my family. We had no family history and no connection to Alzheimer’s. ‘How could this be?’ I thought. ‘He’s only 53!’ A few days later, the phone call came from Rich, confirming the […]

Nov 142017
How Alzheimer's Ended Up on The Young and the Restless

We spoke with Mal Young, Executive Producer and Head Writer of The Young and the Restless, about the upcoming Alzheimer’s storyline centering on Dina Mergeron and the Abbott family, which begins Friday, November 17 when Dina’s family learns of her diagnosis. The daytime drama is in its 45th season on CBS. Many of the cast and crew have been impacted by Alzheimer’s, including Mal, who lost his mother to the disease, and participated in this year’s […]

Oct 272017

I met my husband Steven in an organic chemistry class in college. There were handouts coming down the aisle, and Steven, who was sitting to my left, received the last one for our row of seats. Before I could do anything, he quickly jumped over the rows to the front of classroom to grab a handout for me, a knight in shining armor! We have been together for 41 years. Today, Steven is my care […]

Oct 272017
PGA TOUR Host Sports Purple to Raise Alzheimer’s Awareness and Honor Her Late Grandfather

This is great what you’re doing. My dad had Alzheimer’s. He passed just over a year ago, finally free. I miss him, but all the good memories mean he lives on. Thank you so much for raising awareness. *** That’s just a tiny snapshot of the tremendous reaction Teryn Schaefer received – and continues to – for wearing a simple, purple wristband. “They all knew somebody, either directly or indirectly, who had been affected by Alzheimer’s or […]

Oct 272017
10 Ways to Help a Family Living with Alzheimer's

In the United States alone, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness & Family Caregivers Month, we honor the people who serve as care partners and caregivers by providing tips for those looking to support these families living with the disease. Whether you are seeking to support a person with Alzheimer’s or the person that cares for him or her, you will find helpful ways to lend a hand […] main site  |  Research  |  Advocacy  |  Care and support  |  Message boards  |  Disclaimer  |  Donate  |  Contact us  |  Sign up for e-news
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