Moments That Keep Caregivers Strong

This week, like so many others, I was deeply touched by a precious moment — captured on video — between Georgia resident Kelly Gunderson and her 87-year-old mother, Daphne, who suffers with Alzheimer’s disease. As mother and daughter converse, lying side by side in what appears to be a hospital bed, Daphne recognizes her daughter — for the first time in a long while. Having been a family caregiver myself, I know moments like this keep us strong and help …

The Latest News on Alzheimer's

Here is a noteworthy post from TIME.com’s “Healthland” section: this one on Alzheimer’s Disease and California First Lady Maria Shriver’s report (The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Takes on Alzheimer’s), which shows that Alzheimer’s is largely a woman’s problem. According to the TIME piece, two-thirds of those suffering from Alzheimer’s are women. Add to that the immense number of women who are caretakers of Alzheimer’s patients, and your grand total of American women affected by the disease: 10 million. This …

The Cost of Alzheimer’s

If we needed another reason to work to improve treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, check out these alarming statistics. The Alzheimer’s Association released a report yesterday – Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: A National Imperative – that that shows that “in absence of disease-modifying treatments the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s from 2010 to 2050 will exceed $20 trillion.” Possibly even more alarming, the study found that the number of Americans aged 65 and older suffering from …

Race is A Factor When Talking About Alzheimer’s

Did you know that African-Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than white people? Hispanics are one and half more times as likely to develop the disease as white folks too. The Alzheimer’s Association discovered this reality in a new report on these pretty significant numbers. AARP Bulletin reports: An estimated 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a number that is expected to grow as boomers age. For the special report on race, ethnicity and Alzheimer’s disease, the association …