SUPPORT FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR FAMILIES

First, dementia stole my mother’s smile

Amy Koss writes often for the Opinion section of the Los Angeles Times.  Her Op-Ed piece in Sunday’s paper (Oct 14) captures so beautifully her experience and the changing relationship she has with her mother living with Parkinson’s dementia. Reprinted from the OP-ED section of the Los Angeles Times, Sunday, October 14, 2018 There are […]

What NOT to say to a family caregiver

Have you ever heard things as a family caregiver that you thought were outright ridiculous? Have you ever wanted to say something to help a family caregiver but weren’t sure what to say so you said nothing at all?  So often, people don’t know what to say. They have the best intentions and just need […]

Unusual Strategies to Fight Dementia

In the fight against depression and passivity, which are often symptoms of dementia, activities at OPICA are designed to stimulate residents with activities like dancing.  While caregivers and academics believe that engaging environments help dementia patients cope better, solid evidence for their long-lasting effectiveness is hard to come by, in part because dementia has no […]

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE

KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE as you age, because they may be the key to keeping your brain healthy. According to a new study, published Thursday in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, found that mice housed in groups had better memory and healthier brains than those living in pairs.  So what does this mean for humans? […]

Surprising discovery about viruses and Alzheimer’s

Researchers may have found a tiny culprit — human herpes virus — in the progressive loss of memory, thinking ability and identity that comes with Alzheimer’s disease. And it could be a big deal In research that revives a suspicion first raised more than six decades […]

Holly’s Story: Dad was my world, my safety blanket

Holly Edwards is 25 years-old and helps to look after her father, William, who is 89 and has dementia. After a long and difficult journey to diagnosis, Holly shares her experience as a young carer coming to terms with her father’s condition. Holly’s story ‘When I was little people used to think my dad was […]

Does Memory Make Us Who We Are?

It’s difficult to imagine losing some or all of your memories. Your beloved ones are now strangers. You were maybe a bad person in your past, but now it’s the opposite. The words “real” and “unreal” have lost their meaning. When thinking about all these and how they apply to people we know and love […]

Who Will Decide When You Can’t?

Is a dementia-specific advance directive necessary?  A growing number of Americans over age 60, have a standard advance directive, designating a decision-maker to direct their medical care if they became incapacitated.  Not all experts are convinced another directive is needed.  An article in the New York Times, “One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll […]

Mommy, what’s wrong with Grandpa?

By Kerry Luksic from Parents Magazine “Mommy, what’s wrong with Grandma?” asked my then 6-year old daughter, Carly. Her beloved grandma would repeat the same question multiple times or would often act confused. About three years earlier, my mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes problems with thinking, memory, […]