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Nancy Wurtzel

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Here’s the latest news on more money for Alzheimer’s research: Yesterday (June 6, 2016), The Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee has proposed a $400 million increase for Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Chairman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) led the bipartisan proposal. I burst into tears when I […]

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Post image for Organ Transplant, Longer Life and No Alzheimer’s?

In a recent post about caregiving, I noted my sister, Barbara, is on the transplant list at the University of Minnesota, waiting for a double lung transplant.  Barbara has been battling a complicated lung disease for several decades, the result of working in a sick building years ago.  The building, full of mold and other […]

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Fraying at the Edges: First-Hand Alzheimer’s Story If you have ever wondered what Alzheimer’s disease feels like in the early stages, look no further than N.R. Kleinfield’s lengthy feature in the New York Times, “Fraying at the Edges,” about Geri Taylor. Geri’s story begins in 2012 when she first began noticing memory issues.  The feature […]

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Post image for C-Path Announces GAAIN, Encourages Alzheimer’s Disease Research Collaboration

Recently, I came across information online about the Critical Path Institute (C-Path), a non-profit based in Tucson, Arizona.  Founded in 2005, C-Path connects scientists from the FDA, academia and industry with the hopes of collaboration. A public-private partnership, C-Path aims to accelerate the pace of research.  It also promotes systems to reduce the costs of […]

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Post image for Gift of Life: Organ Donation is Heroic Act

Better late than never?  April was National Donate Life Month. I meant to share information about organ donation, but the days slipped away and May is here. Most people do not want to contemplate their own demise. Yet, that’s the one thing all humans have in common, no one gets out alive.  However, what if […]

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My two sisters and I have come together once again over the need to provide care.  This time, we are not caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease.  Instead, the one needing care is one of us. It’s the sister in the middle, who will soon undergo a lung transplant. Eighty percent of American […]

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Post image for How Can I Manage Anger and Protect My Brain?

I’m looking at every option for keeping my brain healthy now and for the long-term.  In Tuesday’s post, I examined chronic anger and how it, along with the resulting stress, adversely affects the body and the brain.  It isn’t practical to think anger can, or ever should, be completely eliminated.  However, there must be some […]

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Irate people seem to be everywhere these days, on airplanes, in cars, at school, at sporting events, on social media and at political rallies across the country.  It makes me wonder, has anger reached a new high in America?  If so, how is it affecting the human body, and more specifically how does anger affect […]

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Post image for It’s Time to Politicize Caregiving

No matter which way you lean politically, you can and must let your voice be heard on the intertwined topics of Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving. It is absolutely vital our representatives in Congress as well as the current roster of those running for president know the importance of caregiving and the incredible financial and personal […]

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Post image for Have You Heard About the Powerful and Amazing ‘No One Dies Alone’ Program?

It was a rainy night in Eugene, Oregon and Sandra Clarke, a bedside nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center was busy making her initial rounds. One of Sandra’s seven patients that evening was a man she describes as frail, pale, old and tremulous.  In a voice barely audible the man asked, “Will you stay with […]

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Post image for Fear of Dying Alone: People Dread a Lonely Death

In 2014, in the middle of a hot New York City summer, George Bell, a 73-year-old man died alone in his Queens, New York apartment. About a week later, one of his neighbors noticed an odor and alerted the authorities, otherwise his body may have lingered there for much longer.  George Bell’s death and its […]

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Handling the death of a loved one is difficult, but those who have been caregiving often have an especially difficult time. Additionally, an Alzheimer’s death is often complicated because the person affected has ebbed away in inches over a long period of time.  Some caregivers handle their mourning and move forward fairly quickly.  A smaller […]

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Many times in my blog, I’ve written about being a caregiver for my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease.  People sometimes ask me about caregiver burnout and did I go through that experience. Yes, I absolutely did experience burnout. I was consumed by providing perfect care, which, of course, wasn’t feasible.  It was difficult to see […]

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Money Attracts the Best Alzheimer’s Researchers It’s no secret money attracts the best and the brightest.  In the U.S., we’re on the cusp of significantly bumping up NIH monies for Alzheimer’s research.  However, we may find that there is a high price for delaying funding for so long. The many years of woeful under-funding, has […]

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Did you know the Alzheimer’s Association has a telephone helpline that you can call any time of the day or night?  And, that their helpline is especially busy the first few months of every year. Here’s why. Today’s families are scattered far and wide, which means many adult children don’t see their parents and other […]

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Post image for Time Magazine Features New, Innovative Alzheimer’s Research. Is a Cure in Sight?

Time magazine arrived in my mailbox on Saturday.  The cover art features an outline of a woman taking a bright blue pill along with the headline, “The Alzheimer’s Pill.”  The Time article, penned by Alice Park, features the subhead, “A radical new drug could change old age,” and it highlights new Alzheimer’s research. My knees […]

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Caregivers Help Those in Need Four years ago I left Los Angeles, my home for more than three decades, and moved back to my native Minnesota to care for my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. Overnight my life was turned upside down.  No longer did I live in one of the largest cities in the […]

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What modern holiday made its debut on a popular television show in the late 1990s?  Seinfeld devotees know the answer.  It’s Festivus! On December 23, Festivians around the globe mark the holiday.  The celebration comes with a catchy tagline, “Festivus for the rest of us,” and little else.  Yes, it is a holiday about nothing.  […]

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What do Bruce Springsteen, Princess Jasmine Aga Kahn, Rick Steves and Candy Crowley have in common? Each has either an aging parent who is currently living with Alzheimer’s or a parent who died from the disease. Alzheimer’s and Aging Parents Rock icon Bruce Springsteen has talked movingly about what he and family members are going […]

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Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids Anymore Caregivers take note: Today’s kids had better hold onto their crayons because coloring isn’t just for them anymore.  Grownups — mainly women –are hopping on the coloring bandwagon, sharing images of their vibrant creations on social media websites, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. In fact, the coloring craze […]

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Post image for Memory Loss, Is it Alzheimer’s?

It’s common for older adults to experience some memory issues and forgetfulness. However, when should someone be concerned about memory lapses?  When is it Alzheimer’s and when is memory loss a byproduct of normal aging? Warning signs are often misunderstood.  Take, Janet, for example. Janet, an active 82-year-old widow, often forgets where she left her […]

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Alzheimer’s Media Coverage “Is Alzheimer’s Contagious?”  The recent online headline made my blood pressure rise.  inflammatory, inaccurate headlines about Alzheimer’s abound, and it drives me batty.  You probably saw the same headlines. Most media stories are serious, well-researched and grounded in reality. However, there is also plenty of media coverage that consists of attention-grabbing headlines […]

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A revealing study by AARP in conjunction with the National Alliance for Caregiving revealed some interesting facts about family caregivers. When the 2009 survey asked primary caregivers if other relatives pitched in to help, 7 out of 10 said ‘yes.’  That number seems pretty high.  However, a follow-up question revealed the number dropped to a […]

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Adult Children Caring for Aging Parents Recently retired and hoping to spend time traveling, Jeanne instead finds her life has taken a different direction.  Over the past year, she’s become the primary Alzheimer’s caregiver for her aging parents, both in their late 80s. At first, Jeanne’s parents needed only occasional help with household tasks, shopping, […]

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Post image for Caregivers, The Hidden Casualties of Alzheimer’s

The emotional, physical and financial consequences of Alzheimer’s diease is difficult to comprehend. Currently, 5.4 million Americans are living with the disease and it is estimated that 16 million will have Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2050.  Behind these numbers are some even larger numbers, representing Alzheimer’s caregivers throughout the United States. In 2014, 15.5 […]

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Latest Brain Discoveries are Remarkable A new study recently revealed each person has his or her own individual fingerprint of brain activity.  Researchers using scans of brain connectivity show that it can distinguish a person from another individual — with an astounding accuracy rate of 99 percent. These fingerprint findings could conceivably be used to […]

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When I was caregiving for my mother, who lived with Alzheimer’s for the better part of a decade, the days were often a blur.  Navigating through medical issues was especially challenging.  Lurching from crisis-to-crisis and operating on too little sleep, I often lost track of when mom had seen a doctor and what had been […]

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Media Coverage About Alzheimer’s Disease The national media covers Alzheimer’s heavily.  So heavily that I often find it’s difficult to keep track of it all.  You may feel the same. I have hundreds and hundreds of links to Alzheimer’s stories bookmarked in my computer.  In my home office, there are stacks of clippings from magazines […]

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respite care provides a break for caregivers

Earlier this year, my sister Barbara, underwent testing to learn if she was a candidate for a lung transplant.  While anticipating two weeks of rigorous medical procedures was daunting, Barbara also had another pressing concern; She was the primary caregiver for her husband, Jim, who is in the moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease. How could […]

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World Alzheimer’s Day 2015

by Nancy Wurtzel on September 22, 2015

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Alzheimer’s Not a National Priority Yesterday, September 21, was World Alzheimer’s Day.  Instead of thinking about Alzheimer’s, I slept late and then went for a long walk with my best friend.  We strolled around a lovely lake, enjoyed lunch near a sandy beach and talked about life, travel, family and more. We talked about everything […]

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Post image for Beyond Still Alice: Books About Alzheimer’s

Books to Read About Alzheimer’s Disease Literature is an incredible teacher.  This is certainly true about Still Alice, the best-selling book about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s.  Penned by Lisa Genova, Still Alice was made into a successful movie earlier this year. However, there are other terrific books that address Alzheimer’s.  A few months ago, […]

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Did you know members of the Fore tribe in Papua New Guinea carry a gene that protects them againt degenerative brain diseases? If you are squeamish, you will want to stop reading now. For those still reading, the single gene has been identified in the Fore people and is attributed to the tribe practicing eating […]

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I’m not surprised about the news from the Eli Lilly study of their Alzheimer’s drug solanezumab.  Overall results were revealed yesterday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington. For complete details, visit the links below and view my post published earlier this week. Turns out solanezumab is not a silver bullet, but neither is […]

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Post image for Will Eli Lilly Alzheimer’s Gamble Pay Off?

We will find out Wednesday if the big gamble by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. has paid off. Today’s Wall Street Journal included a feature about the data, which will be presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington D.C.  You can also read a Bloomberg News article published a story in June […]

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Many caregivers fall into the trap of believing they have to do everything by themselves. This can be a recipe for diaster.  If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care-give for someone else. Juggling a Job and Caregiving Duties Two-thirds of caregivers work outside of the home. Juggling work responsibilities […]

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Post image for Alzheimer’s Caregiving Stress, The Checklist

Mary assists her aging mother two evenings a week and almost all day on Saturday.  Her mother, who will soon turn 85, needs help with a growing list of tasks, including shopping for groceries, paying bills, doing laundry going to the pharmacy and preparing meals. During a recent conversation with Mary, I called her a […]

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Post image for Alzheimer’s Cure! No, It’s Not Pot

A sincere “Thank You” to David Shenk and Rudy Tanzi.  A few days ago, I read your opinion piece, “Misplaced Hopes for Curing Alzheimer’s,” in The Wall Street Journal.  If you missed it, you can read it at this link. The essay is aimed at the “wishers” and “dreamers” (I’ll add scammers) who promote miracle […]

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Post image for What to Buy for Father’s Day When Dad Has Alzheimer’s?

Father’s Day is on June 21.  There’s not much time to pick out the perfect gift for Dad.  Will it be a new tie?  A shirt?  Perhaps a round of golf?  How about a book or a gift card for his favorite restaurant? Maybe even a cool, new tech device? These are all great ideas, […]

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How Old Do You Feel?

by Nancy Wurtzel on June 4, 2015

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When I was fourteen my beloved Grandmother turned 85.  On the day of her birthday, our family hosted a small party for Grandma in the community room of her senior apartment complex.  As the afternoon event was winding down, my sister, Barbara, and I sat chatting with Grandma. Making small talk, we asked Grandma how […]

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My sisters and I made a big mistake when my father began showing the first signs of Alzheimer’s: We didn’t take the time to capture Dad’s recollections about his childhood. When he died in 1999, after living with Alzheimer’s for the better part of a decade, Dad’s six siblings were also dead.  This meant there […]

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