Navigating the Alternate Realities Created by Alzheimer’s Disease

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Navigating the Alternate Realities Created by Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease alters a senior’s mind so that recollections surrounding more recent incidents are lost or mixed up while those from the more distant past often remain intact. This can possibly cause the past to make more sense to an older adult with Alzheimer’s disease than the present. The senior’s alternate reality can be his… Read more »

The Hardest Goodbye: A Granddaughter’s Story

I was 15 years old when I found out my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I had heard of it. I knew about it from friends who had grandparents who suffered through it (and I’d seen The Notebook a million times), but nothing can ever prepare you for what comes after the diagnosis. I… Read more »

Thank You for Loving Me

In 2015, I was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease. My father, 85, and the youngest of 10, is living with Alzheimer’s, as well as one of his brothers. Their father also had the disease. Still fresh in my mind is an early incident at my grandparent’s home. My grandmother was trying to tell my grandfather… Read more »

Dental Care Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Dental care is one of the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. Proper oral care is necessary to prevent eating difficulties, digestive problems and infections. As a caregiver, you may have to assist with dental hygiene or take a more hands-on approach. Below are helpful tips from professionals at the Blende Dental Group,… Read more »

My Mother’s Fight Continues Through Me

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I was a healthcare professional working in assisted living. I didn’t have much personal experience with dementia or first-hand knowledge of what it would be like to walk with someone on this journey. Suddenly, it became my mother’s journey and, eventually, my story as well. My sisters… Read more »

High Blood Pressure May Hike Dementia Risk

New statement from American Heart Association warns of link By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — High blood pressure, particularly in middle age, might open the door to dementia, the American Heart Association warns in a new scientific statement. Dementia affects some 30 million to 40 million people worldwide. That… Read more »

Why I Walk: Ahmed’s Story

Ahmed Ortiz is participating in the Sacramento Walk to End Alzheimer’s. He says the cause to #endalz is as close to his heart as a cause can be. Read Ahmed’s story below. I lost my dear mother, Marilyn Price, on July 14 to early-onset dementia. She was only 64. It was far too brief a… Read more »

Can Seniors Live Well at Home Throughout Aging?

Home is where the heart is, and for most seniors, their hearts are set on continuing to live at home as they age, rather than moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility – almost 90% of them, per stats from AARP. And who can blame them? Feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings, having the… Read more »

Why I Walk: Leah’s Story

Leah Robbie is not a typical teenager. She’s had to deal with the harsh reality of Alzheimer’s since she was just six-years-old. Today, she is wise beyond her years, and working hard to carry on her father’s legacy. Leah says she joined the San Jose Walk to End Alzheimer’s so that no other little girl has… Read more »

A personal story tells why the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is important

According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2016 Facts & Figures, out of the 5.4 million Americans who have the disease 200,000 are with young onset Alzheimer’s. While the numbers are quite staggering, putting a face behind them truly shows the devastating impact Alzheimer’s disease has on families. 34-year-old Chris Reynolds moved to San Francisco from Nashville,… Read more »

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