Posts tagged "research"

Working Family Caregivers Needed to Try Online Tool

Are you caring for a family member while also working? If so, trying to manage your family member’s care might feel pretty overwhelming. Here’s an opportunity to advance research in caregiving while also benefiting from an online care management tool that can help you stay organized. Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is looking for volunteers... Read more »

Einstein and His Mighty Corpus Callosum

Have you ever wondered why Albert Einstein was so dang smart? Thanks to researchers who recently published their results in the journal Brain, now we know: Einstein was well-endowed. That is, his corpus callosum was well-endowed. In fact, the researchers called this amazing part of his brain a “superhighway of connectivity” that helped the right... Read more »

The Time We Have Left: A Theory for Caregiving and Self-Care Alike

I recently began adjunct teaching for a local college. Given that my father, uncle, grandma, and grandpa were all educators, I felt a sense of history and continuity as I embarked on my first lecture, making sure to emulate a few of my dad’s signature gestures along the way. Though the experience connected me to... Read more »
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New Advances in Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: The Lowdown on Brain Amyloid Imaging

We’ve all heard the bleak story that the only way to absolutely be sure a person has Alzheimer’s disease is to examine the brain through autopsy. For decades, we’ve waited ever so patiently for a better way. For some people with the disease, a piece of that better way might finally be here. You may... Read more »

When I am an Alzheimer’s advocate, I shall wear purple…

This Friday, September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. What, you say? Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just have a “national” day – it’s actually got a “world” day? That’s right. And it should, considering that according to the Alzheimer’s Association, 35 million people around the world and their families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related... Read more »

How Stigma Makes Alzheimer’s More Difficult for Everyone

Date: Summer of 1995 Place: Jefferson County, Colorado Setting:  Inside one of the many nursing homes I visited as a mental health consultant Rosemary* had a grand time at the outing to the minor league baseball game. I knew this because as soon as I entered the facility, she walked up to me with a... Read more »
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Home Care Agencies: The Good, the Bad, and Ten Questions to Know the Difference

It’s official – I’m angry. Those who know me understand that this is a rare occurrence (I don’t even get angry when the Cubs go on a 9-game losing streak – I just get despondent). But when someone’s actually getting hurt, my blood starts to boil. In this case, the people getting hurt are older... Read more »

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference: Balancing Hope with Realism

Alas, I was not able to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this month, but I did follow it closely on the organization’s website. The event attracted over 4,300 scientists, physicians, and other professionals in the Alzheimer’s community who gathered to discuss findings from their most recent batches of research. If your eyes... Read more »