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
 
Thankful

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 […]

Sep 272017
 
Shared Genes

There is no escaping the similarities between us. Mom and I look alike. We dress alike. (We both wore blue dresses on Rosh Hashanah, and on Sunday, we were wearing black skirts and white t-shirts, definitely unintentional on my part.) We walk alike. And our voices are somewhat similar, too, despite my American versus her British accent. I am reminded of these facts every time we are together. It is not something I can avoid: it is genetically determined. I keep […]

Sep 202017
 
My First Memory of Teamwork: A Former NFL Player Walks to End Alzheimer’s for His Grandfather

I learned about the concept of teamwork from my grandfather when I started playing youth football in 1992. That year our team was awful, both on the offensive and defensive lines; we went winless the entire season. This made me miserable. I was the biggest and fastest kid on the team but wasn’t even playing in a featured position. My granddad went to every single one of my games, as he lived just five minutes […]

Jul 182017
 
A Moving Experience

There are boxes stacked neatly in my parents’ apartment, evidence that they are truly going through with their move in two months to Beer Sheva. There’s so much left to pack—a life’s collection—that I suggested that my dad start early and work in short shifts. And with another heat wave gripping Israel, today during my visit, we decided to stay inside and clear out some of the cupboards. Our rule of thumb: if an item […]

Jul 052017
 
An Education: Professor Charles Ogletree Speaks Truths about Alzheimer’s

Charles James Ogletree, Jr. is the Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law School and the founder of the school’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. With prolific former students such as Michelle Obama and trials under his belt for Tupac Shakur and Anita Hill, Professor Ogletree has fought for decades for justice and civil rights. He is also living with Alzheimer’s disease, having disclosed his diagnosis in July 2016. We spoke to him about his experiences and his […]

Jun 302017
 
Molly’s Movement: A Mother and Son Document Their Journey with Dementia

Difficulty understanding new technologies at work. Lack of focus while driving. Forgetting to pay bills. Flash back roughly 10 years, when Joey Daley began to notice irregularities in his mother’s behavior. She ended up having to quit her job, and things only went downhill from there. She was in and out of doctors’ offices; some doctors would say her behavior was the effects of medication, but others would say it was depression. Dementia was never […]

Jun 272017
 
Maintaining Independence in the Face of Disease

On more than one occasion, when I was a young boy, my grandmother roamed the streets of Washington, D.C. at night. One night she was picked up by the police, and ultimately placed in a home with others “like her.” Back then, these types of events were attributed to old age and senility.  Today, my mother is living with Alzheimer’s disease – just like my aunt and grandmother. And at the age of 66, I […]

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