Alzheimer’s Awareness

Slow Down Your Speech

David Suzuki recently discussed Alzheimer’s in The Nature of Things: Untangling Alzheimer's. I found the episode very informative. I especially liked how Suzuki put on ear phones and blurred glasses to give him a feel for what it is like to have the disease. My mom often has trouble understanding things I say...

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Are the Eyes Windows to Alzheimer’s Disease?

I’ve been receiving a lot of emails in regards to eye tests being able to determine if a person has Alzheimer’s. With this recent article I am hopeful that this will be a non-invasive way to check for the disease. Here’s another interesting article from the Economist. ...
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The Bump under the Rug May Well Be a Caregiver

Guest post by Rick Lauber

We’re hearing the term “caregiving” more and more these days, but people remain resistant to accepting it. Caregiving is the act of helping and/or supporting an aging senior (whether this is a parent, friend, spouse, or partner).

Caregivers (often family members) take on increased responsibilities including moving seniors to a...

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Thank You Seth Rogen!

Not long ago, Mom and I went to see the movie, The Guilt Trip. Mom is a huge Barbara Streisand fan while I'm a fan of Seth Rogen. Mom didn't always catch all the jokes due to her Alzheimer's; however, we both walked out of the theatre happy and laughing. That movie is one reason...
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Mom Is Doing Well

I've had some readers ask recently how my mom is doing since I published Supporting Parents with Alzheimer's. It was a little more than two years ago when we moved Mom to Alberta. The book was written from our experience of the early days with Mom. Since then, Mom and I have done...
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September Is World Alzheimer’s Month

When I returned home, I was excited to see my mom. Her memory is a little worse, but she's still doing well. I've printed all my updated blog entries and put them in a binder. Mom can now read about the bicycle journey and see the pictures. Mom loves to live vicariously through my adventures! It's...
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Day 47: Thursday, July 25

We stayed at a hotel last night. We haven't done that since Terrace Bay so it was nice to have a princess night of long warm showers and a comfy bed to sleep in. This morning at breakfast some people from Massachusetts were asking about our bike ride so we talked to them about Alzheimer's disease....
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Committed to Raising Awareness for Alzheimer’s

I'm so committed to raising awareness for Alzheimer's that I shaved my head. It's a disease of the brain so I figured shaving my head brings attention to the situation. But that's not the only reason I shaved my head. I wanted to do it. I've always wanted to shave my head. Many people, especially women,...
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