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Dear Carol: My dad came to live with my family after of a series of strokes. The doctors think he has a combination of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s which seems to make him unable to tell the difference between real life and TV. He gets angry if I put the TV remote where he can’t use it, and I can understand that, but way too often, after I get him set up with something that he’ll like, he starts fooling with the remote and ends up watching a violent movie, or even the news, and he thinks he right in the thick of it. As you can imagine, this causes chaos. How do I control this without taking away his right to choose? – CL Read more →

Dear Carol: I read one of your articles which said that you had lost both your parents in quick succession so I identify with you. I live in the UK. In early March, I lost my father, aged 92. He didn't want anyone with him when he passed away. Then, exactly two months later, my mother, aged 88, passed away at home. She waited until I was holding her hand, then she squeezed my hand, slightly opened her eyes to look at me, and peacefully passed on. Mum and I had talked about the future and I told her I would always live near her, or with her, if she preferred. She had seemed fine, but shortly after Daddy's death, she was diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Mum passed away within three days of leaving the hospital. I was able to tell her how much I loved her, but then I had to let her go. I just wondered how quickly your Mum passed away after your father, and if you believe that your mum didn't want to go on without her husband. Thank you for reading this. – Meghan Read more →

Dear Carol: Both of my parents were abusive alcohol and drug addicts. My mother died years ago. My dad and I have reconciled to some degree after he got help for his alcoholism and drug use. I believe I’ve forgiven him, and am trying to help him during what are probably his last years, but I still have flashbacks. Read more →

Does this mean that I think aging is a disease? I'd rather think of it as something that we can do better if we care enough about ourselves to try. So, in this way, yes I think we can change the course of our lives to some degree. However, we will all age. Read more →

"Still Alice" Should Help Public Understand Devastation of Alzheimer's

While I’ve been reading and occasionally reviewing books on Alzheimer’s for over a decade, the idea that film producers will gamble huge money so that major stars can bring alive roles featuring Alzheimer’s is still a little startling - yet thrilling. Read more →

Sleepless in America: National Geographic Special Examines Relationship between Sleep and Alzheimer's

Watch this clip where experts from leading health organizations such as NIH discuss the new research findings connecting lack of sleep to an increased risk in Alzheimer's disease due to the brain not receiving enough crucial sleep time to flush out the toxic chemicals. Read more →

What Complications of Alzheimer’s Cause Death?

Regardless of awareness months and educational outreach promotions the fact that Alzheimer's disease is a terminal condition seems to be a difficult concept for the public to grasp. The recent death of Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host of NPR's popular “Car Talk” has made headlines. Sadly, Magliozzi’s death from the complications of Alzheimer’s is a famous example of a common occurrence. Read more →

Living with Alzheimer’s: PBS Documentary, Glen Campbell Tour

While millions of people struggle with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease daily, most don’t have a voice that will be heard by millions of people who could benefit from information about Alzheimer’s disease. These people and their families can, at the very least, feel that in some small way their own voices are being channeled through documentaries such as “The Genius of Marian” and “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me." Read more →

Old movies, Old Music - Not Just About Nostalgia

This program demonstrates how film can be a form of treatment for some of the symptoms associated with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The cinema has the power to connect us with our deep-rooted emotional memories - the kind that never leave us.” Read more →