Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia: Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?


What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

“Hello, I must be going …”

“Hello, I must be going …” read the note addressed to me and taped to the door of Allan Reiff's office in the Philosophy/Humanities Department at our local community college. The year was 1983, and little did I know then, the dark truth hidden in those seemingly light-hearted words; the man I would eventually marry would be taken from me all too soon by the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.

From Denial Toward Acceptance (Still an Elusive Destination)

For the past 15 years my mother and I have been under the tutelage of Alzheimer’s Disease, a malevolent force which has actually been with her much longer than that but I was too obtuse, and she was too confused, to comprehend. She will turn 101 this November, still a strikingly beautiful woman. Our family is just the two of us and our fat cat, Velcro, who cares for us both.

A once virile, passionate Italian was now void of all emotion

My name is Lisa. I’m a baby boomer and so was my childhood sweetheart. We met at 15, and dated until we were married in 1966, just turning 20 years old. We were born in August, and chose that month to marry as well. A lot of celebrating for two Leos.

Our life began rather simply. Living and working in San Francisco, but wanting to start a family, we decided to buy a home in the burbs.

2013 Awardees of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving

The 2013 winners, chosen at the close of last year, are described below. The organizations are expected to receive their awards from Family Caregiver Alliance and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation this week at the American Society on Aging's Aging in American Conference held all this week,  March 11-15, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. 

Gilbert Awards 2012: Recipients

The Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease
Caregiving Legacy Award: 2012 Award Recipients


Three exceptional programs from Wisconsin, Minnesota and California were 2012's recipients of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards. The programs' organizers were presented with an award of $20,000 each at the 2013 Aging in America conference, an annual event of the American Society on Aging, held this year in Chicago, Illinois.


La etapa inicial de la enfermedad de Alzheimer (Early Stage Alzheimer's disease)


Puede ser muy difícil aceptar el diagnóstico de que usted o un ser querido padece de la enfermedad de Alzheimer (EA). Le rogamos que asuma una actitud receptiva al leer este folleto informativo y que recuerde que no está solo o sola. A lo largo y ancho del país hay organizaciones que brindan apoyo y ayuda a los pacientes de la EA y sus familias. Al final de este folleto informativo, en la sección titulada Recursos de la comunidad, encontrará los datos de contacto de algunas de esas organizaciones.

Enfermedad de Alzheimer's (Alzheimer's Disease)


La enfermedad de Alzheimer (EA) es un trastorno neurológico que provoca la muerte de las células nerviosas del cerebro. Por lo general, la EA comienza paulatinamente y sus primeros síntomas pueden atribuirse a la vejez o al olvido común. A medida en que avanza la enfermedad, se van deteriorando las capacidades cognitivas, entre ellas la capacidad para tomar decisiones y llevar a cabo las tareas cotidianas, y pueden surgir modificaciones de la personalidad, así como conductas problemáticas. En sus etapas avanzadas, la EA conduce a la demencia y finalmente a la muerte.

In Hindsight, We Were All Slow to the Dance . . .

Gerry Sandusky, left, his wife Lee Ann and their two children Katy and Zack, with Gerry's dad, John Sandusky shortly before his passing.

Mất trí, Bệnh này có nghĩa là gà? (Dementia: Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?)

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