Oct 272015
 
My Care Partner Is My Hero

I first met my now-wife Shannon at work. I was her supervisor, and since she knew the responsibilities of the department inside and out, I leaned on her for assistance. We started to get to know each other on a more personal level and then we started dating. She asked me out – I had no idea she liked me in that way! After dating for some time, she took me to Disney World and […]

Oct 272015
 
A Note to Caregivers from Dan Gasby

Two years ago, when B. got her diagnosis, I made the same assumption that almost all newcomers to this challenging subject do. I thought it was all about the loved one who now had Alzheimer’s. She was the patient — or maybe the word I used more often was “victim.” She was, and she is. But the challenge, I came to see, was just as formidable for me as it was for her. I don’t […]

Oct 222015
 
10 Life Lessons My Mother Continues to Teach Me as She Lives with Alzheimer’s

1. Things that seem so important to us in our everyday lives just are not. Mom thought it was important that she follow the strict rules of her religion. She had to wear a skirt every day, as well as have her long hair in a bun. Mom never ever wore jewelry and rarely watched TV. Guess what? The aides put her hair in a ponytail, and she wears the Mardi Gras beads that she […]

Sep 282015
 
We Are In This Together

Four years ago, Mom quit her job so that she could come help me with my twin boys after they were born. I was an exhausted first-time mom who had no clue what I was doing. It was a huge relief to have her by my side during that time. I started to notice little things about Mom that were different; rather than read too much into anything, I figured that we were both just […]

Sep 162015
 
Seattle Seahawks Guard J.R. Sweezy Talks About His Fight Against Alzheimer’s

Seattle Seahawks’ J.R. Sweezy is not the tough offensive guard most people know when he’s around his wife Gissell. “She’s everything I ever wanted. I became so much happier when she came into my life. She’s my support system,” he says, lowering his gaze shyly, petting their black Labrador Otis. Gissell laughs, returning his smile. “There’s that soft side of him that people don’t see,” Gissell says. “I think everyone sees him as just a football player. […]

Sep 112015
 
My Sweet Melinda

Of the 5 million people in this country living with Alzheimer’s, about 200,000 have younger-onset/early-onset Alzheimer’s. It is not an “old person’s” disease. Some people are diagnosed in their 30s, 40s or 50s. One of them was my wife – my sweet Melinda. Melinda is the reason I Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Melinda was once a trial lawyer, a scratch baker, an excellent cook, needlepointer, crafter and seamstress. These talents, along with her incredible intellect, engaging smile, […]

Aug 202015
 
A Love Like That

My mother told me, when I was rather young, that no one’s soul ever dies. I imagine that each memory is a small flame, burning amidst so many others. They eventually create a swirling, shimmering glow, illuminated by love, flying up, up, up, until they light the sky with a brilliant glow. As we walked through the halls of the clinic, I spotted a ninety-year-old woman on her bed, eyes wide, mouth open as if […]

Jul 242015
 
Dr. Knopman Talks the Latest and Greatest in Alzheimer's Research

We asked, and you answered!  Below you will find a Q&A with Dr. David Knopman in our Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) feature “Ask the Expert.” We asked you to share what you would ask a researcher if you had a chance, and you asked important probing questions regarding Alzheimer’s symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and advancements. Read all of the questions and answers below. Raenelle asks… Is a brain autopsy still the only way to definitively […]

Jul 062015
 
Be the Change You Wish to See in the World

Five years ago, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, my mom Sonia moved from Chicago to Missouri. She lived with my brother for a month and then with my sister for about a week. It was soon obvious that I had to take over the responsibility of being her primary caregiver. We were always inseparable, but now we are more inseparable than ever. Due to a very long history of Alzheimer’s in my family, I was […]

Jun 262015
 
I Am More than My Diagnosis

Tim, diagnosed with Frontotemporal dementia in 2012, living with HIV Working in information technology and then for many years as a part of a management team, my career was very important to me. At the end of 2009, however, I realized that I was having trouble focusing on my job, and one day after a lunchtime walk, I felt like I had lost sight in one of my eyes. Thinking it was due to stress, […]

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