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 childhod. When he died in in 1999, after living with Alzheimer’s for the better part of a decade, Dad’s six siblings were also dead....more

President Reagan & Alzheimer’s, Part 2

Did Ronald Reagan Have Alzheimer’s During His Presidency? Recently, I wrote a post about Ronald Reagan and Alzheimer’s disease....more

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 The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease finds that comparing Reagan’s speech patterns over the course of his presidency shows subtle changes indicative of the onset of dementia ....more

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 event in Washington, D.C. The forum takes place annually and this year brought 1,100 people to our nation’s capitol to advocate on behalf of Alzheimer’s. The 2015 forum goal was twofold. ...more

Alzheimer Association Washington, D.C. Forum

Last month I went to Washington,...more

Alzheimer’s Advocates Say to U.S. Congress, “Show Us the Money.”

About a dozen years ago my mother first showed signs of memory loss....more

What 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....more

Sandwich Generation? Lee Woodruff Says Panini Generation Might Be More Accurate

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....more

TED Ed: Alzheimer’s Tutorial

I’m a big fan all things TED-related....more

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 diseases....more