June 6, 2016 |
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.
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.
February 21, 1996 |
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.
February 27, 2002 |
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.
October 18, 1990 |
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.
June 23, 2011 |
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.
May 27, 2007 |
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.
June 20, 2016 |
Third in a series. Read part one and part two here. The secret to having a long life, a doctor once told me, is choosing your parents very carefully. He wasn't kidding. Diet? Of course. Exercise? Who doesn't know that? Avoid stress? Well, duh. Don't smoke? Well, double duh. But for a gold-plated pass through the Pearly Gates, nothing beats having a flourishing family tree whose roots, generation after generation, are flush with a robust DNA that is passed faithfully along.
October 18, 1988 |
I'm just waiting to get the OK from one doctor. . . . I want to have the doctor say, "Yes, I feel it's worth the chance. Yes, I'll prescribe it. " - Marlyn Weisberg, daughter of Alzheimer's disease patient Mae Weil About five years ago, the family began to notice strange changes in Mae Weil. When her grandson got married, she showed up wearing a dress definitely not suitable for the grandmother of the groom - especially one who had always dressed fashionably for special events.
June 13, 2016 |
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.