World Alzheimer’s Day

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know raising awareness of Alzheimer’s is a cause close to my heart. I saw my grandfather being hauled off to the state hospital (the only mental institution available) when I was twelve years. At the time, the doctors said he had “hardening of the arteries.”  Three … Read more

World Alzheimer’s Day

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is very close to my heart because of my personal experiences: My grandfather had what I’m sure now was Alzheimer’s, but nearly six decades ago, it was called “hardening of the arteries.” At age twelve, I watched him being forced into … Read more

World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. If you know someone with Alzheimer’s–and especially if you are a caregiver–I highly recommend the book written by a sister, Nancy Nicholson. Nancy has both personal experience (as a caregiver for our father) and professional experience (as a social … Read more

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness & Caregiver Month 2013

Help! What Do I Do Now? cover

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month. If you fortunate enough not to have been touched by this disease, you may not be aware of how challenging it can be. And you may not be aware that you are likely to be impacted by Alzheimer’s some time in your life. One-third … Read more

New Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

I mentioned in my post on National Caregivers Month and my post on World Alzheimer’s Day that my sister Nancy Nicholson, LBSW, was working on a guide for Alzheimer’s caregivers. Help! What Do I Do Now? Caring for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s is now available in paperback from CreateSpace and will soon be available on It … Read more

The Future of Alzheimer’s: Hope in the Long-Term

This week, I participated in an Alzheimer’s roundtable conference call sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). The call was moderated by Ed Belkin, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, PhRMA, and speakers included David Wheadon, M.D., Senior Vice President for Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, PhRMA; David Michelson, M.D., Vice President, Clinical … Read more

National Alzheimer’s Month and National Caregivers Month

More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and the disease impacts their loved ones in a huge way. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America has recently published “2010 Report: Medicines in Development for Alzheimer’s Disease.” Among the statistics included the report are these: • Some 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias live at … Read more

Alzheimer’s Do’s and Don’ts

Introduction from Lillie: This article by my associate, Beverly Ellison, is the follow-up to her post: The Gift: Becoming Primary Caregiver for Mom with Alzheimer’s . ==================================================================== It has taken me longer than I planned to get back with you to share my experience with the “Do’s and Don’ts” of caring for a loved one … Read more

The Gift: Becoming Primary Caregiver for Mom with Alzheimer’s by Beverly Ellison

Introduction from Lillie: This is the first post from my associate, Beverly Ellison. You can look forward to more posts from Beverly in the future. ===================================================================== Chances are many of you who are reading this have been impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). As our society continues to age, AD will continue to make itself known. … Read more