A Global Perspective: The Financial Cost of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

Yesterday, I wrote about the Third Annual Worldwide Alzheimer’s month....more

Third Annual World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month™, a global campaign aimed at bringing awareness and advocacy of the disease, is ending in two days....more

Short Tales From the Dog Park

Overheard at the dog park: “I thought Emma would calm down a little after I got her the kitten.” The attractive, professional-looking woman, standing next to a small pack of canines, was not referring to a child named Emma....more

Teen Steps Up With His Invention to Help Those Living With Alzheimer’s

Sometimes the mother of invention isn’t necessity, it’s a 15-year old boy scout. Kenneth Shinozuka wants to become a neuroscientist and find a cure for Alzheimer’s, a disease that has nearly incapacitated his grandfather....more

Grandchildren? This Baby Boomer Says, “They Are Probably Not For Me’

Sunday, Sept. 7 is National Grandparents Day. I thought about this day of recognition when my best friend told me she and her husband will soon have another grandchild, their sixth ....more

Grandchilden? No, Thank You

Sunday, Sept. 7 is National Grandparents Day.  I thought about this day of recognition when my best friend told me she and her husband will soon have another grandchild, their sixth.  My friend is excited, and she can’t wait to learn if it is boy or girl and what name the parents will choose. When baby arrives, there will be a shower with gifts of soft blankets, tiny outfits and colorful, tactile toys. ...more

In Retrospect: Five Lessons I Learned From My Years as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Why is life so much clearer in retrospect? With the passage of time, it is easy to look back, see the big picture and think: “If I’d only known then, what I know now.” I often hear caregivers voice this sentiment. And, as a long-time Alzheimer’s caregiver myself (for my mother, father and other relatives — now all deceased), I feel the same way ....more

Can a Person Ever Be Fully Prepared to Care For Someone with Alzheimer’s?

Earlier this year, I attended a caregivers conference at the University of Minnesota....more

AARP Feature: When Dementia Symptoms Are Not Alzheimer’s Disease

Although it was years ago, I clearly remember the phone ringing on a hot California morning. ...more

The Mini-Cog, A Memory Assessment Tool

Have you heard of the “Mini-Cog”?...more