Alzheimers

Our special series on Alzheimer’s disease.

The Grandma Effect: A Little Caregiving Sharpens Brain, A Lot Dulls It

April 08, 2014
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Taking care of grandkids one day a week helps keep grandmothers mentally sharp, according to a study from the Women’s Healthy Aging Project in Australia; but five-day-a-week caregiving may be bad for grandma’s brain.

Preparing For An Alzheimer’s ‘Tsunami’

November 14, 2011
Bernice Osborne Pollard and her 74-year-old mother, Mary Osborne, who is the late stages of Alzheimer's disease (Deb Becker/WBUR)

BOSTON — We follow up on our recent Alzheimer’s series by examining the expected dramatic increase in the number of patient cases, and what preparation and planning is being done.

Your Thoughts On Alzheimer’s Disease

October 28, 2011

BOSTON — Your thoughts on our Alzheimer’s series, “Fade To Darkness.”

‘Music Is The One Thing We Share:’ An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Speaks

October 21, 2011
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Lynne and Patrick Scannell have sung and played music together throughout their marriage. When Patrick was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia three years ago, all of that began to change.

How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Cope

October 21, 2011
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More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. But in reality, the disease touches three times as many people, in the form of 15 million unpaid caregivers. Today, we focus on them.

Living With Alzheimer's, A Day In the Life of Ralph Hergert: Part Four

October 21, 2011

In 2009, at the age of 62, Ralph Hergert was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As a part of WBUR’s week-long series on the disease, we conclude our day in the life of Ralph and his wife Leslie.

The Mental And Physical Toll Of Alzheimer’s Care

October 21, 2011
Fade To Darkness: The Age Of Alzheimer's

BOSTON — Most of the 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home and almost 15 million Americans provide this unpaid care. The intense, round-the-clock care takes an economic, medical and emotional toll on Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Tweeting Alzheimer’s: Sharing Her Mother’s Voice

October 21, 2011
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BROCKTON, Mass. — There aren’t a lot of people like @maryagneskelley on Twitter. In the past few weeks, she has sent out tweets ranging from: “I love you!!!! Where am I?” to “Hallucinating~*.” Mary is 82 years old, lives in a nursing facility, and has Alzheimer’s disease.

Bill Would Create Mass. Office For Alzheimer’s Care

October 20, 2011
Fade To Darkness: The Age Of Alzheimer's

BOSTON — A bill pending in the Legislature would create a new state office to help coordinate, and direct people to, Alzheimer’s resources.

Video: Alzheimer's Panel Discussion

October 20, 2011
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In conjunction with our special week-long series, WBUR hosted an expert panel to discuss the future of Alzheimer’s funding, research and care.

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