Everything listed under: Alzheimer's disease

  • 16-Year-Old Author Writes Story of Love and Dementia

    By Julie Pfitzinger for Next AvenueThe subtitle for Grandpa and Lucy, a book by 16-year-old author Edie Weinstein, says it all: A Story About Love and Dementia. In this charming picture book, the main character, a young girl named Lucy, employs simple and loving gestures to strengthen the bond she has with her grandfather as signs of his Alzheimer’s disease begin to affect their close relationship.Weinstein, who lives in St. Paul, Minn.  Read More...

  • When Is It Time to Find Long-Term Care for a Spouse or Partner?

    By Marijke Vroomen Durning for Next Avenue“I’m scared and worried,” wrote Dennis Abrams in a column in The Houston Chronicle in July 2017. Abrams’ husband, David Fox, had just been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Abrams wasn’t surprised.   Read More...

  • Americans with Alzheimer's Now Number 5.7 Million

    By Beth Baker for Next AvenueThe estimated number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has risen to 5.7 million, from 5.5 million in 2017, according to a report released today by the Alzheimer’s Association.That’s an increase of roughly 3.6 percent and largely reflects the aging of the boomer generation.By 2025, the 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report projects, 7.1 million Americans aged 65 and older will have Alzheimer’s, and by 2050, some 13.8 million.Dementi...  Read More...

  • The Dementia That Is Often Misdiagnosed

    Deborah and Todd Dolan [Photo credit: Courtesy of Deborah Dolan][/caption]By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueMarriage problems take many couples by surprise. But Deborah Dolan was caught particularly unaware when her husband Todd began to distance himself from her.“We were truly happy. We were on the same page,” she said.   Read More...

  • When Your Parent Doesn’t Know He Has Dementia

    It's a common aspect of the disorder, but tough on caregivers.[/caption]By Emily Gurnon for Next AvenueBoth of Kathy Kling’s parents, who are divorced, have Alzheimer’s. Kling recently talked with her mother, Karen Kelly, about her father’s disease. “Oh, I hope I never get it,” her mother replied.She was diagnosed six years ago.Kelly, 82, was a champion high school debater, an activist who spearheaded a Supreme Court victory for the disabled, and a Mensa member....  Read More...