Vitamin E may slow functional decline of Alzheimer's and decrease caregiver burden

If you take care of someone with Alzheimer's (or expect you will in the future), take note: A new study from the icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that Vitamin E may slow the functional decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. By "functional decline" the researchers are referring to problems with daily living, such as preparing meals, planning, shopping and traveling.The researchers found that Vitamin E delayed the progression of the decline by 19% per year. That's about 6.2 months benefit!...more

September is World Alzheimer's month: Technology and pre planning helps caregivers

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. Alzheimer’s disease deserves the global attention. It is a complex global disease involving much more than mere memory decline. Closer to home, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is among the top 10 diseases in the in the US that cannot be prevented, reversed, or cured....more
This is a very, very sad disease, Gael, and one that I am so afraid of. I don't personally know ...more

I Never Got to Say Goodbye: An Essay on Losing a Father to Alzheimer's

As I put the hot oil treatment on my head, the smell envelopes me. I am transported back to my parents' bedroom and the bottle of Aramis cologne that sat by my father's sink. It is the same smell. I go and buy a bottle of Aramis I put a dab on my father's red flannel shirt that I have kept all these years. I breathe in deeply, and I cry....more
@Elayne I just noticed the little source mention at the bottom - her story really does hit a nerve.more

Playing the Piano Does Ease My Stress . . .

Playing the piano does ease my stress . ....more

Alzheimer's robbed me of my mom, and my children of their grandma . . .

Monday, March 28, 2011 Alzheimer's has robbed me of my mom, and my children of their grandmother . ....more

Sitting with mom even while she sleeps . . .

Saturday, March 26, 2011 Sitting with mom even while she sleeps . ....more

Last year my mother got three successive hospitalizations. It was a transition for my father and ...more

Exactly Where She Needs to Be Right Now . . .

Exactly Where She Needs to Be Right Now  .   .   . This week has been a week to accept the reality of “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it”.  WOW.  Be careful is the truth.  All the times I have wished for a day or a night to be alone with Phil; to not have mom there with us all the time.  The reality of this has come back to bite me.  Hard. Mom spent this past week in the hospital recovering from the stroke and heart attack.  This afternoon she transferred to a rehabilitation/nursing hom...more

I Have to Stay Strong . . .

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 I Have to Stay Strong . ....more

Good News . . . Bad News . . . Better News . . .

Saturday, February 19, 2011 Good News Bad News Better News . ....more

Having a meltdown is part of the Territory of Alzheimer's Disease . . . then you get over it and move on . . .

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Having a Meltdown is part of the Territory in Living With Alzheimer's Disease . . . then you get over it and move on . ....more