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Caregivers Must Realize That Imperfection Is Good Enough

For a time, I was decorating my mother's apartment because she could no longer do that, my dad's nursing home room, my in-law's condo and my own home. I remember one Thanksgiving, when my mother-in-law was ill, I ran from house to house cooking in two different homes, then driving food to all homes, plus running dinner to my neighbor, plus making sure my kids had a "nice" holiday, as well. Whew! Read more →

Deep down, however, I'm partial to stories told by real people who are going through similar situations that I've been through. Especially in this age of the Internet, where most of us can go to sites like ouralzheimers.com, or other disease specific sites, and find information about stages of a disease or new drugs on the horizon, I feel quite comfortable with my chances of getting good, factual information, or a least guidance on finding what I need. What I can't get enough of, however, is personal stories. Read more →

Mental Health, Elders and Pain

Just a few minutes after their conversation, “Edith’s” dad asked her something that created a pit in the bottom of her stomach. He asked how her day was, specifically if anything interesting had happened at work. That forgetfulness was a sign that “Edith” had been dreading. It meant that her beloved father’s Parkinson’s disease was progressing to include dementia, a symptom that his doctors had warned her could materialize." Read more →

Old Drug Offers New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease

The fact that people are living longer than before, often because they have survived other diseases that once killed people at a younger age, underscores the need to get a handle on Alzheimer's since everyone's chance of developing Alzheimer's disease increases with age. Add to that the fact that waves of aging baby boomers will be rolling into the realm of the aged population, and globally we are looking at astronomical numbers of elders who could, theoretically, develop the disease. Read more →