Like the moon’s lunar cycle, caregiving for my aging parents has gone in phases. Each period opened my eyes to the unrelenting passage of time and gave me a new understanding of what family means.
October 12th, 2011 at 9:25 am
There are many diseases, such as cancer, where early knowledge can be a life saver. But, there are other diseases that can leave us with a murkier understanding of the value of early diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is one of those diseases. Recently, CBS News ran a segment about the DIAN study (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network). DIAN is an international research partnership of scientists devoted to understanding a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that is caused by a gene mutation. It generally strikes people at a relatively young age. Called early onset Alzheimer’s disease, this form strikes before the age of 65, but has been known to show symptoms in people as young as their mid-30s.
October 11th, 2011 at 11:57 am
Although much can be said for the frustrations of the adult children when trying to initiate conversations about the safety and quality of life concerns with their parents, there is a new trend emerging. I’ve discovered–more frequently–after my presentations on successful aging, older adults ask what to do when it is important to talk about their wishes, their concerns and planning for the future and they get the brush off from their family members.
October 6th, 2011 at 9:18 am
Mom was lucky to have several friends who lived as long as she did. So, it was frustrating that my mother didn’t make an effort to see or talk to them when she seemed to be capable of doing so. Even before her stroke, we would suggest mom make a date to meet an old friend from church, or a woman whom we had called “Aunt” whom mom met way back when Dad was in the service.
October 4th, 2011 at 3:39 pm
A recent study–published in the September 27 issue of The Lancet–has stirred exceptional interest. According to the study, pursuing an intensive treatment plan to reduce blood glucose in older diabetics does not reduce memory loss in those patients, although it does preserve brain volume.
The published result of this study comes on the heels of a different study from Japan that discovered having diabetes doubles the risk of a person developing Alzheimer’s disease. Yet another recently publicized study reported the findings that intra-nasal insulin, used by many for type 2 diabetes, could one day prove to be a preventative or cure for Alzheimer’s.