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Managing a Difficult Hospital Stay

For many people, a visit to the hospital is stressful. For someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be frightening. It’s important that families know how they can make hospital stays less daunting for loved ones who have the illness. The … Continue reading

To Diagnose or Not To Diagnose

Common Questions about Finding Answers When Arizona resident Susan Christianson’s* memory lapses went from annoying to concerning, she and her husband decided to raise the issue with their primary care physician. The doctor examined Ms. Christianson, then 73, and referred … Continue reading

Judy Collins

The Power of Music For more than fifty years, Judy Collins has wooed the world with hits such as “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns.” Now age 74, the Grammy award-winning singer shows no signs of slowing down. … Continue reading

Handling Difficult Emotions

Coping with emotional outbursts in Alzheimer’s patients Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s can be difficult. And when the person you’re caring for gets upset and has an emotional outburst, it’s even harder. “It’s very hard for well-intentioned family members … Continue reading

Sundowning

Alzheimer’s Challenges at the End of the Day People with dementia often have certain problems when it gets dark at the end of the day and stays dark through the night. This problem is called “sundowning.” The problems that get … Continue reading

Keep Stress at Bay

Stress is a big problem facing most caregivers, especially when Alzheimer’s disease is in the picture. Here’s how to keep stress to a minimum. Let’s face it: Stress is a natural part of life. And it’s not necessarily a bad … Continue reading

Are You Part of The Sandwich Generation?

Whether they know it or not, many Baby Boomers belong to the “sandwich generation.” This doesn’t refer to what they eat for lunch. It’s about their situation, sandwiched between caring for their children and their parents at the same time. … Continue reading

Silver Alerts Are as Good as Gold

Days after an 88-year-old resident of an Eastern Oklahoma residential facility went missing, he was found in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 71-year old Texan who wandered from his home was located the next day, disoriented but alive. A North Carolina 20-year-old … Continue reading

MetLife Foundation Announces Research Award Winners

In May, MetLife Foundation honored the recipients of the 2013 Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease. Yueming Li, PhD, is a member and professor of the Sloan-Kettering Institute and director and professor of the Graduate Program in Pharmacology at … Continue reading

Weathering the Cold

Winter is rarely a wonderland. Often, it’s a harsh season fraught with numerous health and safety risks. For senior citizens and people with dementia, the cold-weather months can be particularly perilous. Such groups need to take particular care throughout the … Continue reading