But I’m NOT Sick!

Q. Sometimes when I walk my dogs, I see my neighbor Adam swinging on the swing his parents installed on their front porch. I am a pretty friendly person and usually greet all of my neighbors when I see them outside, and make small … [Read more...]

Spreading the Love: Dementia Patients Find Comfort in Pets and Family Visits

Renee Eder, our public relations director, has a history of dementia in her family, including her paternal grandmother, uncles, and aunts, and she knows about the love and compassion those with the disease need. During the … [Read more...]

The Brain’s GPS: Why Alzheimer’s Patients Wander

Janet, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, lives at the Juniper House Memory Care unit in Oregon. She is among her unit’s 16 residents who have exhibited the symptoms of Sundown Syndrome, where individuals with Alzheimer’s get agitated, … [Read more...]

Could You Get Alzheimer’s at 40?

Q. My older brother, Chris, just turned 40. He is a successful businessman, and the father of three. My family sees him and his wife often, as we are very close and they live nearby. Five years ago, I began seeing memory slips … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: How to Convey Love to Someone with Alzheimer’s

Dear Commander Bun Bun, My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. A moment I have been dreading finally arrived. When we went to visit her, she forgot who we were. It hurt a lot to see this happening, and I know … [Read more...]

Do I Have the Alzheimer’s Gene?

Q. My father and several of my aunts and uncles on his side and on my mother’s side have had Alzheimer’s disease, so I know that it is common in my family. I wish there was a way to know if I will get it too, so I could start on … [Read more...]

A Parent has Alzheimer’s and a Gun. What Do You Do?

Ever since Gregg Schnepp retired, his favorite activity has been gathering with his friends at the shooting range. According to his wife, Joanne, who is a strong believer in the right to bear arms, “shooting is about his only … [Read more...]

Discriminated Against for Having the “Wrong Type of Illness”

Long-term care services, whether provided in institutions or in the community, are essential to the well-being of many elderly and non-elderly people with limitations in performing daily activities. In the United States, in … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Would a Pet be Beneficial for my Mom with Alzheimer’s?

Dear Angel, My mom has Alzheimer’s and I am thinking about bringing a cat into the house to help calm her down when she gets agitated. Is pet therapy effective for those with Alzheimer’s and do you think it’s a good idea for … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Lost Memories May Be Recoverable

Jennifer was 42 years-old when she was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.  She was heartbroken at first, wondering if she would remember the details of her first love, her child's wobbly first steps, her overseas travels, or … [Read more...]

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