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January 31, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Expect to say "I'm sorry" a lot if you decide to try one of the trendier ways to communicate with people who have Alzheimer's. There was a time when caregivers tried orienting people with dementia to reality. That often feels like the natural thing to do. "No, Mom, I actually did tell you that. Like, five times. " But at Daylesford Crossing, an assisted-living facility in Paoli, workers are more likely to just go with it if a resident has some strange ideas. Let's say Mom or Grandma is furiously accusing her neighbor of stealing something.
NEWS
June 6, 2016 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
First in a series. In the winter of 2013, with the February cold bone deep, I sat in one of those cramped and sterile little examining cubicles in the Penn Memory Center and listened to the man in the white lab coat ask if I knew what Alzheimer's was. Death by inches, I said. And you have it, he said. I'm pretty sure the world stopped at that moment, and then there was a roaring sound, like a freight train barreling through my brain pan. I sat there, frozen, and I remember thinking what a crummy job this poor guy's got. Introductions I call him Al, for short.
NEWS
March 8, 2016 | By Karen Heller, For The Inquirer
Nancy Davis Reagan, 94, the powerful and devoted wife of President Ronald Reagan, principal caregiver during his decadelong twilight with Alzheimer's disease, and the primary architect of his legacy, died Sunday morning at her home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. The cause was congestive heart failure. She will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004. Mrs. Reagan is widely viewed, by admirers and detractors alike, as one of the most powerful first ladies in history.
NEWS
July 10, 2016
On June 15, #LOL for Alzheimer's hosted a kick-off Barn Party to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease. The group is planning a comedy gala event for the fall featuring Saturday Night Live writer/comedian John Mulaney. Each committee member has had a personal connection with the fatal neurodegenerative disease, and the group is hoping to raise at least $350,000 for the Alzheimer's Association serving the Philadelphia region. More than 90 supporters attended the Barn Party in Newtown Square and enjoyed catering by Peter Callahan and musical entertainment by DJ Ray. The event raised $30,000.
NEWS
February 21, 1996 | By Susan FitzGerald, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sixty years ago when two young women studying to be nuns were about to take their final vows, they were required to write an autobiography. "Sister A" wrote: "I was born in Eau Claire, Wis., on May 24, 1913 and was baptized in St. James Church. " "Sister B" wrote: "The happiest day of my life so far was my First Communion Day which was in June nineteen hundred and twenty when I was but eight years of age, and four years later in the same month I was confirmed by Bishop D.D. McGavick.
NEWS
February 27, 2002 | Daily News wire services
An experimental drug that works to calm brain activity could help patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease just as they lose the ability to care for themselves, researchers said yesterday. The drug, Memantine, slows over-excited brain cell signaling and, in doing so, it slows the progression of the disease, which gradually robs patients of their ability to remember, to find their way around, and to care for themselves, researchers told the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in Orlando.
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
Second in a series. Read part one here .  My right thumb has developed a mind of its own. Quite without warning it began to beat a rat-a-tat-tat drum solo. I watched, fascinated. Could I will it to cease? No. Could I make it speed up. To my delight, yes. It held me enthralled. It seemed to be contagious, spreading through the hand and then jumping over to the other hand, as though doing backflips. Amazing, absolutely amazing. I was so absorbed that I never thought to think it might be something dangerous.
NEWS
October 18, 1990 | By Judy DeHaven, Special to The Inquirer
Caring for an Alzheimer's patient completely changes every phase of your life, according to area residents who have relatives suffering from the disease. "I've had to learn to do a lot of things. I have to do everything. My husband is at the point now where he needs help all of the time," said Marilyn Falls, 66, whose 67-year-old husband, Bob, was diagnosed as having Alzheimer's four years ago. The sessions last month at the Devon Manor Retirement Home and those taking place weekly this month at the Squire Adult Day Care in Newtown Square focus on the major problems caregivers face when a family member is diagnosed with the disease.
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Country-music luminary Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and plans to put out his final album this summer. Campbell's representative Bobbie Gale made the announcement yesterday. He said the disease was in its early stages. The 75-year-old's wife, Kim, also talked with People magazine and said she and her husband wanted to go public with Campbell's illness so fans would know the reason if he manifests any trouble onstage. Campbell's CD "Ghost on the Canvas" is scheduled for release Aug. 30. He also is set to go on the road on what was already titled "The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour.
NEWS
May 27, 2007 | By Will Hobson FOR THE INQUIRER
There are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease. Years from now that number could be smaller, thanks to the work of a high-achieving senior at Conestoga High School. Felix Zhang, 17, of Berwyn, was selected by USA Today as one of 20 members of its All-USA High School Academic Team. Zhang has devoted a large chunk of his free time over the last year and a half to interning at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, assisting in research on Alzheimer's disease. He won an award from the American Academy of Neurology for his research and presented his findings at its awards luncheon in Boston on May 2. Zhang will attend Harvard University in the fall and plans to study international affairs and pre-medicine.
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NEWS
August 15, 2016
Every sport has a ceremonial ritual designed to ignite the festivities. In hockey they drop the puck and proceed to commit mayhem. In football they kick off and then trade concussions with one another. In basketball two players roughly the size of redwoods jump. Really high. And then there is baseball, with its quaint and charming customs, perhaps the most revered of which being The First Pitch, wherein some unsuspecting soul is escorted to the mound, a fresh-from-the-box ball is placed in his, or her, hand, and he, or she, is told to throw it. Beg pardon?
NEWS
August 7, 2016
The National Institute on Aging has extended its funding of the University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's disease Core Center with a promise of about $8.8 million over five years. The money will take the center, founded in 1991, to its 30th year. Researchers at the center study Alzheimer's and other dementias, including Parkinson's disease dementia, Lewy Body dementia and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Among other things, the center is known for identifying key proteins such as tau, alpha-synuclein and TDP-43, involved in dementia and for helping to develop biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
The National Institute on Aging has extended its funding of the University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Core Center with a promise of about $8.8 million over five years.The money will take the center, which was founded in 1991, to its 30th year. Researchers at the center study Alzheimer's and other dementias including Parkinson's disease dementia, Lewy Body dementia and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Among other things, the center is known for identifying key proteins involved in dementia and helping to develop biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.
NEWS
July 18, 2016
ISSUE | BILL LYON TRIBUTE Fund-raising and Phillies I have read with great interest the five-part series by retired Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist Bill Lyon as he bravely shared his journey with Alzheimer's - the most common type of dementia - and its effects on not only him but the people he loves. Alzheimer's, which affects 5.4 million Americans, is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death and the only one in the top 10 that has no cure, means of prevention, or way to slow it. As president and chief executive officer of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, I admire Bill's courage tremendously, so we have teamed up with the Inquirer's parent company, Philadelphia Media Network, and the Phillies to honor him with Alzheimer's Night at the Phillies Salutes Bill Lyon, Aug. 3, at Citizens Bank Park.
BUSINESS
July 17, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Bill Manzi took a deep breath, and yet another. Breathe-in-the-nose, breathe-out-the-mouth deep breaths. Then he answered his wife Susan's question, the same one she had just asked but had forgotten due to dementia. Susan Strohmetz is in the early stages of the disease. After she was diagnosed last year, Manzi almost immediately enrolled in a six-week-long caregiver class at the Penn Memory Center, where she is being treated ( www.philly.com/memory ). Strohmetz, now 70 and retired, was diagnosed in 2014 with mild cognitive impairment.
NEWS
July 10, 2016
On June 15, #LOL for Alzheimer's hosted a kick-off Barn Party to raise awareness for Alzheimer's disease. The group is planning a comedy gala event for the fall featuring Saturday Night Live writer/comedian John Mulaney. Each committee member has had a personal connection with the fatal neurodegenerative disease, and the group is hoping to raise at least $350,000 for the Alzheimer's Association serving the Philadelphia region. More than 90 supporters attended the Barn Party in Newtown Square and enjoyed catering by Peter Callahan and musical entertainment by DJ Ray. The event raised $30,000.
NEWS
July 4, 2016
ISSUE | BILL LYON TRIBUTE A night at the Bank and a toast As letter writer Glenn Keiper suggested, a "thank you" and legacy statement are in order for former Inquirer sports columnist Bill Lyon, a Philly icon ("Let's thank a Philly treasure," Tuesday). Both of his ideas have merit: 1. A night at Citizens Bank Park so Bill's impact can be celebrated by many, with a portion of the gate receipts going to a Beat Big Al Fund for research. Bill could ride in a motorcade around the field.
SPORTS
June 30, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
H arry Perretta warned that he would probably start crying. He did almost instantly. He would croak out a thought and then get it together and then lose it a bit more. He never paused, never stopped talking about his friend. Pat Summitt meant too much to him. Yes, a deep friendship between the University of Tennessee women's basketball coach and her counterpart at Villanova was a strange and surprising one. The greatest coach in the game wanted to fly here to learn about Harry Perretta's offense?
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Bill Lyon, For The Inquirer
Fourth in a series. I remember . . . actually, I don't. That's the trump card, isn't it? Of all the indignities that dementia can lay upon us, memory loss is the most familiar, and the most mourned, for it visits us in disguises, hidden in the groping for remote controls that have gone to who knows where. We rummage behind the sofa and through empty purses in a fruitless search for . . . well, what, exactly, and, and hey, if I knew I wouldn't be asking you, moron. We come into a room and wonder why. We turn in mincing little pirouettes and ask ourselves: What am I looking for?
NEWS
June 24, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH Lyon's inspiring fight Despite inching toward 80 and arm wrestling with Al (Alzheimer's), retired Inquirer sports columnist Bill Lyon is still a gifted, remarkable wordsmith ("Fighting, step by step," Sunday). The series about his battle with Alzheimer's is rich with insight on the aging process. His style continues to captivate. I have a file of countless columns he has written going back to 1973, when he wrote about Penn State running back and Heisman winner John Cappelletti and his younger brother, Joey, who suffered from leukemia.
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