The Evolution of Dating Dementia
Nancy Wurtzel launched Dating Dementia in 2010 as a personal blog, covering a wide-range of topics. Since then, the blog has morphed into a destination for information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia’s as well as personal reflections on caregiving.
How did the name, Dating Dementia, come about? There are millions of blogs, and Nancy needed a name that would stand out and be recognizable. She kept coming back to Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, which are prevalent on both sides of her family.
Nancy’s mom and dad both died from Alzheimer’s disease. Going back a generation, her maternal and paternal grandmothers had memory loss, which was probable Alzheimer’s. Most of her aunts and uncles died fairly young, but those who lived past their 80th birthday all suffered from Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Nancy’s mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s for over 12 years and now her brother-in-law is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
“I can’t cure this terrible disease, but I can do my small part,” said Nancy. “My goal is to create an online platform where visitors can come to learn more, find support, question convention and determine how they can become involved in this cause.”
Over the years, Dating Dementia has been singled out for some recognitions. Most notably, WordPress plucked Dating Dementia from obscurity for it’s “Freshly Pressed” daily pick just a few months after the blog was launched. The following year, Nancy was nominated by CBS Television as one of Los Angeles’ Most Valuable Bloggers 2011.
In 2012, Nancy became a Huffington Post blogger. She also blogs for Maria Shriver, The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, Third Age and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. A member of the prestigious BlogHer Publishing family, Nancy has had numerous featured posts on BlogHer in the Family, Career, Politics, Health and Life sections.
Nancy has been interviewed on a variety of topics by media outlets including USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Parents Magazine, Reuters, More, Woman’s World and Spry magazine.