Why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s

My grandmother visited me for a week in 1996 when she had moderate dementia.  To ease the burden of having one caregiver, my grandma traveled between her three children’s homes and would stay for up to four months at a time at each place.  My home was a stop-over one year as she went from […]

2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures Report

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2013 Facts & Figures Report came out yesterday.  It’s not good.  Unlike other disease with decreasing numbers that are being managed or cured, Alzheimer’s disease has growing numbers without a cure or the ability to manage the disease. Quite frankly, I don’t have the energy to get into what we need to […]

Alzheimer’s: Why Are We Doing So Little?

I love TED Talks!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to TED.com and search for anything — but please come back.  TEDMED extends into the world of medicine and wellness, which is where the video below is from. Gregory Petsko, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at Brandeis University, gives a presentation […]

Alzheimer’s Disease is Killing My Mom

Alzheimer’s disease is killing my mom.  Sounds harsh, but it’s true.  It’s deliberately taking over my mom’s brain like a wildfire out of control.  It’s an insidious, controlled blaze that is slowly and methodically destroying the parts of her brain responsible for memory, language, reasoning, walking, swallowing and eventually breathing. It’s a long drawn out […]

Learn the Numbers. Spread Awareness.

5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Learn the numbers.  Spread awareness. […]

Our Nation (Finally!) Has a Plan To Fight Alzheimer’s!

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death, killing more Americans each year than breast and prostate cancer combined.  Yet in 2011, the National Institutes of Health spent over 6 billion dollars on cancer research and less than 480 million on Alzheimer’s research. Thankfully, Alzheimer’s is finally getting the attention — and research funding […]

The Stages of Alzheimer’s and My Mom

Narrated by David Hyde Pierce from Frasier, the clear and concise video below has helped me understand the approximate stage of Alzheimer’s my mom is in.   The brain function descriptions without all the medical gobbly goop is as refreshing as it is educational. It’s obvious that my mom’s Alzheimer’s is progressing along the described […]

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

What’s Alzheimer’s?  It had to happen sooner or later, so it may as well be now.  This is dry stuff, but it’s short and to the point. Stick with me. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Derived from Latin, dementia literally means “without mind”. There are static forms of dementia caused by […]