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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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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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[pinit]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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[pinit]Post image for Capturing the Alzheimer’s Person’s History

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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Did Ronald Reagan Have Alzheimer’s During His Presidency? Recently, I wrote a post about Ronald Reagan and Alzheimer’s disease.  After publishing this post, I came across a link to an interesting article in Mother Jones magazine.  I had saved the link several years ago, but couldn’t locate it when I was compiling the initial post. […]

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[pinit]Post image for What If a U.S. President Got Alzheimer’s?

Have you ever thought of the complications and possible outcomes that would arise if a U.S. sitting president and leader of the free world developed Alzheimer’s disease? Well, it may surprise you to know we’ve been through this situation already with our nation’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan. A fascinating new study published last month in […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Association Advocates for Research Monies and The HOPE Act

Last week, I wrote a post about my experience attending the Alzheimer’s Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C. The forum takes place annually.  This year it brought 1,100 people to our nation’s capitol to advocate on behalf of Alzheimer’s disease. The 2015 forum goal was twofold.  First, to ask for an additional $300 million in Alzheimer’s […]

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[pinit]Post image for The Alzheimer Association’s Annual Washington, D.C. Forum

Last month I went to Washington, D.C. to attend the Alzheimer’s Association Forum, an annual event that brings together advocates from all across the country. Launched more than two decades ago, the forum’s goal is to educate regular folks, like myself, about the workings of government.  The goal is to enlighten Congress and apply pressure so we […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Keeps Me Awake at Night

In the dark, I toss and turn, practicing deep-breathing techniques and willing myself to think positive thoughts. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. In the quiet of the night, there is an endless loop of questions running through my brain.  Will I get Alzheimer’s?  Could I already have it?  Would I know if I did […]

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[pinit]Post image for Sandwich Generation? Lee Woodruff Says Panini Generation Is More Accurate

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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I’m a big fan all things TED-related.  TED talks, videos and tutorials tap into my inner geek.  I’ve got a thirst for knowledge, yet I also want information imparted in a manner I can understand and easily share. Yesterday, I came across a TED Ed animated video from 2014.  Created by Ivan Seah Yu Jun […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alive Inside, A Documentary About Memory Loss & Music is Nothing Short of Remarkable

Watching the documentary, Alive Inside, I couldn’t help but think: What a simple idea, and why didn’t I think of that? Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles individuals with memory loss who are revitalized through music. It’s an idea that costs very little but makes a huge difference for people those with Alzheimer’s or other progressive brain […]

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[pinit]Post image for Famed Fantasy Writer Terry Pratchett Dies From Early Onset Alzheimer’s

Sir Terry Pratchett died yesterday at his home in England.  Author of more than 70 novels, Pratchett penned the hugely popular fantasy novel series Discworld.  Pratchett, 66, had Alzheimer’s disease. Two years ago, I wrote a post recommending several Alzheimer’s documentaries but my favorite film was “Choosing to Die” about Pratchett’s advocacy for assisted dying. […]

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[pinit]Post image for New Study Reveals: Amyloid Found in the Brains of Young People

If there was ever a convincing argument for donating your brain to Alzheimer’s research, this is it.  “It” is a small, but surprising research study with results revealed last week.  Published in Brain, a neurology journal, you can read about the findings in Time magazine. Here is the lowdown: Researchers autopsied the brains of 48 […]

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[pinit]Post image for How to Have Those Difficult Conversations When Someone Has Alzheimer’s Disease

Aging Parents and Difficult Conversations If I could change one aspect of my Alzheimer’s caregiving journey, it would be how I handled difficult conversations. Both of my parents had Alzheimer’s disease, first my dad and then a decade later my mother.  As you can imagine  there were plenty of difficult conversations over the years.  These […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s – A Worldwide Epidemic?

Alzheimer’s disease affects people in every corner of the world. The global estimates are 35.5 million people now living with Alzheimer’s, with the largest number in Asia (15.9 million) and the lowest numbers in Africa (1.8 million).  Europe has just under 10 million living with Alzheimer’s while North/South America has 7.8. Latest Alzheimer’s Statistics These […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Frustrates Physicians

Alzheimer’s and other progressive diseases of the brain are devastating. They are also profoundly frustrating for those living with the disease, their family and caregivers.  The healthcare professionals who treat those patients are also frustrated. Recently, I came across a New York Times essay by Dr. Danielle Ofri.  “The Silence of Doctors Around Alzheimer’s” focuses […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Disease Researchers Identify PART, Primary Age-Related Tauopathy

A scientific team announced late last year it has identified yet another type of neurological disease.  It’s called PART or primary age-related tauopathy.  While PART mimics Alzheimer’s, it follows a significantly different brain pathology. The Alzheimer’s brain shows the classic combination of tangles comprised of a protein called tau and plaques, which are the result […]

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[pinit]Post image for What I’ve Learned About Alzheimer’s Disease

The more I learn about Alzheimer’s disease, and other diseases of the brain, the more angry I become.  Some days, I feel ready to explode or implode — I can’t say which — but a “plode” would be involved. This post is really nothing more than a rant.  Thanks for indulging me. What I’ve learned […]

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[pinit]Post image for Aging Relatives and Memory Loss: The Holiday Eye-Opener for Adult Children

During the month of January, the phone lines are always busier than usual at the Alzheimer’s Association. The holidays are over and adult children have returned to their own homes after visiting aging parents and other relatives. During these visits, these middle-aged kids have often experienced an unwelcome eye-opener: Their elderly relatives are showing signs […]

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[pinit]Post image for What Julianne Moore Didn’t Mention in her Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

I was rooting for Julianne Moore to take home a Golden Globe on Sunday night and cheered when she did just that.  Moore stars in Still Alice, a film based on the best-selling book of the same name by Lisa Genova. The movie has gotten great reviews and I can’t wait to see it.  For […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Disease and When to Have the Driving Conversation

Imagine how you would feel if you could no longer drive. The ability to get in your vehicle and go where you want, when you want is no longer available. Your freedom, autonomy and mobility are gone, and suddenly you must count on others for all your transportation needs. As an Alzheimer’s caregiver, I went […]

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[pinit]Post image for What to Buy for Christmas When Mom, Dad or Someone You Love Has Dementia

Holiday Shopping for Someone With Dementia What if someone in your family has Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia?  What if he or she can no longer enjoy a book, clothes, gift card or the latest gadget?  What do you buy for the person with memory loss when the old standby gifts are no […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Abuse Caught on Tape in Winter Haven, Florida Nursing Home

Captured on video: Two nursing assistants at Palm Gardens Nursing Home in Winter Haven, Florida repeatedly hitting and abusing a 76-year-old man who is in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  The man, unable to communicate and requiring help with the most basic of functions is seen being slapped, kicked and taunted during three separate […]

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[pinit]Post image for Atypical Types of Dementia: Hippocampal Sparing Alzheimer’s Disease

Earlier this year I began reading about a variant type of dementia called hippocampal sparing Alzheimer’s disease, which results in symptoms far different than Alzheimer’s disease.  Those affected are mainly men and they often begin to show symptoms at a younger age. Hippocampal sparing AD usually advances quickly and it presents initially as bizarre behaviors.  […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Awareness and Support Goes Local. What’s Happening in Minnesota

As our population ages and no cure or effective treatments for Alzheimer’s are in sight, it is apparent we have to do more to accommodate those living with the disease and their caregivers. The challenge is how to build awareness and understanding and then take action? What’s happening in my native Minnesota is a great example […]

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[pinit]Post image for A Global Perspective: The Financial Cost of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Yesterday, I wrote about the Third Annual Worldwide Alzheimer’s month.  Now, I’m sharing information about the significant financial devastation for both individuals and nations around the globe. To understand the massive economic consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has complied some sobering international figures.  This major report was published in […]

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[pinit]Post image for Third Annual World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month™, a global campaign aimed at bringing awareness and advocacy of the disease, is ending in two days.  For the month of September, Alzheimer’s organizations around the world have been raising money and awareness through memory walks, screenings, social activities and other events. In Dating Dementia, I often cite U.S. statistics, but the […]

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[pinit]Post image for Teen Steps Up With His Invention to Help Those Living With Alzheimer’s

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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[pinit]Post image for In Retrospect: Five Lessons I Learned From My Years as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Why is life so much clearer in retrospect? With the passage of time, it is easy to look back, see the big picture and think: “If I’d only known then, what I know now.” I often hear caregivers voice this sentiment. And, as a long-time Alzheimer’s caregiver myself (for my mother, father and other relatives […]

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[pinit]Post image for Can a Person Ever Be Fully Prepared to Care For Someone with Alzheimer’s?

Earlier this year, I attended a caregivers conference at the University of Minnesota.  The morning keynote speaker was absolutely terrific — an engaging, informed speaker who was also funny and self-deprecating. The speaker’s bio was also impressive.  He was a physician, a teacher, an author as well as a long-time caregiver for his mother who […]

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[pinit]Post image for The Mini-Cog, A Memory Assessment Tool

Have you heard of the “Mini-Cog”?  I had read about it several years ago but a recent front page feature in the Star Tribune, our major daily newspaper in the Twin Cities, piqued my interest.  The story focused on Dr. Michael Rosenbloom, clinical director of the HealthPartners Center for  Memory and Aging, in St. Paul, […]

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[pinit]Post image for Mayo Clinic Identifies New Brain Protein That May Cause Dementia Symptoms

Mayo Clinic Has Clue to Dementia Symptoms Another day, another Alzheimer’s announcement.  This news was announced by a team from the Mayo Clinic at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen.  Could it be a big discovery?  The Mayo team seemed to think the answer is yes.  They have a new clue about what […]

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[pinit]Post image for Five New Trials Target Alzheimer’s Disease

Last night I noticed a tweet from TIME magazine about some new research trials focusing on Alzheimer’s disease.  Intrigued, I visited their website to learn more.  You can read a very brief overview of each trial by going to the TIME website and reading, “5 Groundbreaking Trials are Testing Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s.” The headline […]

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[pinit]Post image for Is it Alzheimer’s? When Memory Loss Signs Are Not the Obvious, Classic Symptoms

My mom, who died late last year from Alzheimer’s disease, began to show the first signs of memory loss about a decade ago.  During these very early stage of the disease, I didn’t fully comprehend what was happening. I already had some experience with Alzheimer’s, since my father had the disease during the final six […]

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A few months ago, I attended a memory loss conference and encountered what I refer to as an “Alpha Alzheimer’s Caregiver.”  I’ll call her Deborah. Deborah is the type of women who who brims with confidence, seems to have all the answers and uses every opportunity to share her own personal experience and opinions.  Deborah […]

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[pinit]Post image for The Sexes and Alzheimer’s Disease: Why Do More Women Develop the Disease?

Recently, I turned on the radio in my car and heard the last few minutes of an MPR All Things Considered segment about Alzheimer’s disease.  A few days later I googled the subject matter and found this MPR link to the audio and an accompanying online story. Take a few minutes to read or listen […]

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[pinit]Post image for Alzheimer’s Association Releases its 2014 Facts, Figures and Video

The Alzheimer’s Association annually releases the latest facts and figures about the disease.  In case you have not seen it yet, I’m posting their 2014 video, which will take you less than two minutes to view.  As usual, the video is incredibly moving. In my view, the Alzheimer’s Association is the thought leader for bringing […]

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I’m a huge fan of the CBS news show Sunday Morning.  It’s 90 minutes of quality programming that I look forward to every week. This week’s Sunday Morning cover story was about Alzheimer’s disease.  Titled, How One Family May Raise Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients, it was reported by Mo Rocca, one of the my favorite […]

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[pinit]Post image for Caregiver Quandry: What to Buy for Mother’s Day When Mom Has Alzheimer’s Disease?

What to Buy When Mom Has Alzheimer’s? Mother’s Day, always the second Sunday in May in the U.S., falls on May 11th this year.  This means you have a little more than a month to pick out that perfect piece of jewelry or perhaps the ideal perfume.  It’s estimated Americans will spend upwards of $2.6 […]

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