November 19, 2015 |
Bernard F. Filippone, 84, a stockbroker and longtime resident of the Overbrook Farms section of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Nov. 5, of Alzheimer's disease at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Known for his friendly, gentle nature and devilish sense of humor, Mr. Filippone made a point of helping anyone in need, his family said. He was born to Italian immigrant parents and grew up in Narberth. He graduated from St. Thomas More High School before earning a bachelor's degree in economics from Villanova University.
November 12, 2015 |
Carolyn Roth was 10 when she lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's. Later, as an adult, when she became chairwoman of the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer's, she considered a tattoo: It would be a lasting memorial to her grandmother, and, at the same time, draw attention to a cause near and dear to her heart. So, three years ago, she got on her shoulder some carnations to represent her grandmother's January birthday, Latin words that translate to "Grandmother, I carry your memory in my heart," and a forget-me-not - the logo of the Alzheimer's Association.
July 16, 2015 |
Samuel J. McGlensey Jr. and Gloria A. McGlensey of Broomall, who were devoted to one another through 67 years of marriage, died five days apart at the Residence at Glen Riddle in Media, where they had lived for two years. Mr. McGlensey, 89, died Sunday, July 5, and Mrs. McGlensey, 90, died Friday, July 10, both of Alzheimer's disease. Because of that timing, the family held a combined funeral Monday, July 13. It was perhaps fitting that the two died so close together, because they had been inseparable, said son Robert J. McGlensey.
July 12, 2015 |
Tiffany Howard was raised by her grandmother Martha Turner, who made her have perfect attendance in school and told her, "Don't have a baby until you're married. " Howard, 35, is still hoping to get married, but she listened to her grandmother and has no children. When Howard got out of high school, she went to work in a nursing home. She likes old people, and she thinks being raised by her grandmother has a lot to do with that. When the health of her grandmother, now 89, began to fail, Howard got an apartment across the street in South Philadelphia.
May 21, 2015 |
The first clue that something was wrong with his grandmother came when Bill Mikus walked with her to a restaurant in Reading that she often visited. "You want your regular?" the waitress asked. It turned out the regular was just coffee. "She doesn't come here to eat?" Mikus asked the waitress, flabbergasted. He took some time off work to investigate. His grandmother, who had helped raise him after his mother died, was then in her mid-80s and lived alone. Her refrigerator was nearly empty.
April 20, 2015 |
Whether Mom still wants sex probably isn't top-of-mind when most people are picking a nursing home for their loved one. But experts from the Widener University-based Sexuality and Aging Consortium say a groundbreaking Iowa court case illustrates why both consumers and long-term care facilities should do more thinking about sex - before they get into trouble. In the case, Henry Rayhons, a 78-year-old former member of the Iowa House of Representatives, is charged with sexual abuse for having sex with his wife of seven years in her nursing home.
March 19, 2015 |
Carol Harrison walks into her mother's nursing-home room, raises the blinds, lets in the morning light. "Hey, Mom, hey, good morning. " The daughter's voice is tender, as if waking a child. She kisses her mother's cheek. Strokes her hair. "Mom, hey, it's Carol Ann. It's Carol Ann. I'm here to see you. " No response. Grace Ward, 90, is under a blanket, in a recliner, eyes closed. She has had Alzheimer's disease for 15 years. For the last five, she hasn't uttered a coherent sentence, or recognized her daughter.
March 8, 2015 |
When I was in medical school at the end of the 20th century, I was taught that Alzheimer's disease was a rare cause of dementia in middle-aged adults. The elderly had senility caused by an indecipherable mess of pathologies and aging. Now, in the 21st century, Alzheimer's is called an epidemic. It has even helped five-time nominee Julianne Moore win her first Academy Award. In Still Alice, based on the novel of the same title, Moore portrays professor Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and who suffers the relentless decay of her capacities.
March 6, 2015 |
Antonia Wallace Hamilton, 74, a Philadelphia native who worked in institutional development after returning here from Iowa in 1991, died Saturday, Feb. 28, at her Center City home. Her family and the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Mrs. Hamilton's death was a suicide. The cause was drug intoxication, said Jeff Moran, spokesman for the city's Department of Public Health. There will be no further investigation by the medical examiner, Moran said. In a statement Wednesday, Mrs. Hamilton's family said she had had Alzheimer's disease for 41/2 years.