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...]

The Risks of Dementia Denial

Pete's father, Frank, has always been a positive, happy person. He lives for the moment, doesn't take many things too seriously, and when it comes to something potentially stressful, he subscribes to the notion that "ignorance is … [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...]

Critter Corner: An Advance Directive Specifically for Dementia

Dear Angel, I recently read about Advance Directives that deal only with dementia. What is included in them and is it a good idea to create them in addition to other incapacity planning documents? Thanks! Dee … [Read more...]

Can You Suppress the Onset of Dementia by Treating Apathy?

After many moves and achieving the rank of colonel in the Air Force, Ken had big plans for retirement. His already full bucket list was getting even longer, as he thought of new things he wanted to do with his wife. As an avid … [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...]

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...]

Being Shamed for Your Nursing Home Decision

This past weekend, Kathryn hosted a graduation party for her daughter and was excited to spend time with the family and friends that came to celebrate. For the past few years, she hadn’t had much time to visit with friends or … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Can an Eye Exam Predict Alzheimer’s?

Dear Ernie and Janette, I read somewhere that a simple eye exam can predict whether or not someone will get Alzheimer’s. Is this true? Thanks! Cici Cleary --- Dear Cici, You are correct. It may be possible to … [Read more...]