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Rethinking The Sandwich Generation For decades we were dubbed “The Sandwich Generation,” adult children, mainly baby boomers, stuffed between their aging parents and their own offspring or grandchildren. Sandwiched myself for many years, I recall feeling life was a continual tug of war that never ended.  I couldn’t help thinking I was always letting someone […]

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Sometimes the mother of invention isn’t necessity, it’s a 15-year old boy scout. Kenneth Shinozuka wants to become a neuroscientist and find a cure for Alzheimer’s, a disease that has nearly incapacitated his grandfather.  Someday, he may well accomplish this goal, but right now Shinozuka is still in high school, and instead of a cure, […]

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Seth Rogen Stands Up For Alzheimer’s Mr. Rogen went to Washington. I’m referring, of course, to the actor and comedian Seth Rogen, who was invited to Capitol Hill to speak to a Senate about Alzheimer’s disease.  He made headlines.  First, he delivered moving/funny remarks and he called out the need for more money to combat […]

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When my mom was still alive, my sister and I often visited her in assisted living and later in memory care.  Many times, we would be the only outside visitor. In fact, there were many residents whose family didn’t visit them.  Sitting hour-after-hour in the lobby, these aging seniors would watch the front entrance intently.  […]

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Update on this post: Congress passed the funding. The wheels of Alzheimer’s research and support seem to move slowly.  However, there is hopefully a bright spot that was brought to my attention by the Alzheimer’s Association earlier this week. Congress is currently debating the 2014 fiscal budget and the latest funding bill, which has received […]

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This post was written by Nancy Wurtzel.  It was first published on the website MariaShriver.com.  Please take a minute to visit the Maria Shriver website and see all of the great information and writing for yourself. When you are caring for someone with memory loss, the days all run together.  Indeed, it may often seem […]

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More Females Are Caregivers When I conjure an image of a caregiver, I picture a woman.  I know I’m being sexist but I always think female.  Why? First, I don’t personally know many male caregivers.  In fact, I can only think of one or two.  Also, in my family, the women did all the traditional […]

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Evelyn, one of my dad’s sisters, was truly a world-class complainer. Long before I was born, someone in the family bestowed on her the unlikely nickname, “Auntie Honey,” and somehow the name stuck. Growing up, I remember Auntie Honey harping constantly about almost everything.  Her most bitter comments were about her mother — my grandmother […]

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Dementia doesn’t discriminate.  It doesn’t give a rats ass who you are, what you have accomplished in life or how much money you have accumulated. You could be a homemaker, a file clerk, a dentist, a teacher or even a former President of the United States.  Dementia could still find you.  In fact, if you […]

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I first noticed signs of my mother’s dementia symptoms during a trip home to Minnesota about four years ago.  I remember feeling panicked.  You see, my dad had Alzheimer’s disease and needed full-time care for years.  That long, awful journey took a terrible toll on him as well as my mom, who was his primary […]

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When my Dad first started showing signs of Alzheimer’s it was his short-term memory that was primarily affected.  Unable to capture, process and remember information, he’d just keep asking the same question over and over and over — like a stuck record that just couldn’t move forward.  We knew it wasn’t his fault, but it was […]

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