Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research from the Past Year

Q. It seems like there’s a new Alzheimer’s “breakthrough” almost every day. My husband and I often follow the headlines and in our attempt to pull together the true, reputable research, we have seen everything from the … [Read more...]

Have a Parent with Dementia? Your Symptoms May Show Up 6 Years Earlier

Kelly’s mother (85) has had dementia for eight years and her grandmothers on both parent’s sides also had it. Naturally, Kelly is concerned for herself and her children, and the likelihood that they will develop the disease. She … [Read more...]

How Alzheimer’s is Different for Women and Men

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s four years ago, 75-year-old Elaine still enjoys jigsaw puzzles, knitting, and dancing. She manages day-to-day life with the help of a GPS tracker – prompted after a trip on the wrong bus – and with … [Read more...]

Why Do People with Alzheimer’s Remember Old Memories While New Memories Fade?

  Q. I recently went to visit my father, Paul, who has Alzheimer’s. I posted a picture of us on Facebook, which prompted several cousins who lived nearby who I rarely see to visit while I was there. His first cousin, … [Read more...]

$1,000,000 Reward for Anyone Who Finds the ‘Germ’ that Causes Alzheimer’s

Currently, more than 44 million people around the world are suffering from Alzheimer’s. Each day, 303 people die of the disease and each year, we lose 110,000 people to the progressive, neurological disease. Yet the cause is … [Read more...]

The Reality of a Vaccine to Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Margery recently went for a physical, and while she was there, she got vaccinated for pneumonia, shingles, and a tetanus shot. Similar to most people, she doesn’t like getting shots, but there is one she wouldn’t mind at all: a … [Read more...]

From Grief to Compassion: The Changing Face of Alzheimer’s Care

Marie sits at a table in the dining room at the memory care center, reading the Washington Post and sipping some iced tea. She greets a visitor who enters with a big smile. She points out the view of a quiet tree-lined street … [Read more...]

Dolphins and Dementia — Beware of Contaminated Waters

Jeannie and I love aquariums, so we visit them often. Because we have a vacation home near Clearwater Beach, home to the world-famous Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), the real-life home of Winter and Hope from the movies Dolphin … [Read more...]

When Mom and Dad Both Have Dementia

Q. My mother, Mary, is in a world of her own. I call it “Mary-land.” She often walks around in circles fussing about the “people who are breaking into the house." We live in a quiet safe neighborhood, which hasn’t had a break-in … [Read more...]

Sign Language Gives People with Dementia a Way to Speak

John “Alec” Stephenson, an administrator at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community in Salt Lake City, raised a son with a hearing impairment. As many parents of children who are hearing impaired, the family embraced sign … [Read more...]