Dementia and the Right to Die

Q. During her last two years of agony, my mother would look at me and her doctors and nurses often and say, "Can't you just give me a little black pill?" It was obvious to all of us what she meant and, of course, all we could say … [Read more...]

Fasting to Live Longer

Q. I am so blessed and have so much to live for: an amazing wife, two successful adult children, five grandchildren,  and a home on the beach in Florida that we visit frequently. I am aware that people are living longer these … [Read more...]

Inspiring Memories and Emotions in Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s

Nora has had Alzheimer’s for more than 10 years. Each year, her niece, Jeannette, visits her a few days before Christmas, to play her favorite holiday music, give her candy canes, and show her pictures of Washington, DC, where she … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Turns 100 – Bill Gates is on a Mission to End It Now!

100 years ago, German physician Dr. Alois Alzheimer first wrote about “a peculiar disease.” He described the case of a woman named "Auguste D," who was experiencing significant memory loss, severe paranoia, and other psychological … [Read more...]

Is Alzheimer’s a Spectrum Disease, Similar to Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Mary, a retired college professor, was unhappy when her ophthalmologist insisted that she stop driving. It happened when Mary informed her about her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Mary’s vision hadn’t changed in 10 years, and she felt … [Read more...]

Please Stop Feeding Me!

Last weekend, I presented at the Positive Aging Fair, and my PR Director, Renee, staffed our expo booth. Renee told me and Jeannie about another booth at the expo that was particularly memorable, because the representative brought … [Read more...]

Local College Students Invent New Gadget to Diagnose Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older … [Read more...]

It’s Alzheimer’s, Not the Plague!

Lindsay was at a family gathering with her mother, who she was visiting in Virginia Beach. Her favorite uncle, Fred, who she recently found out was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, was there helping out in the kitchen. When she saw him … [Read more...]

Underestimating the Cost of Long-Term Care 

Q. My husband has Alzheimer’s, and needs more care than I can provide. It's getting harder and harder to take care of him at home, but I’m not sure we can afford long-term care. I recently read something saying that nursing homes … [Read more...]

Family Caregiving is NOT Cheaper Than Professional Care. Here’s Why!

Five years ago, Karen got her PhD to teach at the college level. Upon graduating, she began her dream job, but she only was able to teach for about a year, when her mother’s Alzheimer’s began getting worse. Karen quit her job and … [Read more...]