October 9, 2012 |
BOSTON - Combined results from two studies of an experimental Alzheimer's drug suggest that it might modestly slow mental decline, especially in patients with mild disease. Taken separately, the studies on the drug - Eli Lilly & Co.'s solanezumab - missed their main goals of significantly slowing the mind-robbing disease or improving activities of daily living. But pooled results found 34 percent less mental decline in mild-Alzheimer's patients compared with those on a placebo treatment for 18 months.
April 28, 2002 |
When members of the South Jersey chapter of the Alzheimer's Association head to Washington today for a public-policy forum, Gervase Peterson will be going with them. It's not that the Willingboro resident, whose smile captured viewers' fancy on the original Survivor show, doesn't have plenty else to do. In the last 18 months, he's shuttled between New Jersey and Los Angeles, appearing in a TV series; taping commercials, such as a soon-to-be released spot for Sunkist, a fruit drink; and providing the voice of the "first black president" in an online cartoon.
October 4, 1993 |
Sometimes, Carmel Snyder slips a family videotape into the VCR, sits back and finds refuge in the memories of the life she used to have with her husband, Bill. Bill Snyder, the husband who used to fix everything, the father who was "wonderful," today shuffles around his home with a "security" pillow tucked under his arm. At 63, he does not recognize his five children or his eight grandchildren, and his wife is his mother. He rarely says a word. He is already incontinent, and Carmel Snyder is preparing for the day he forgets how to eat. About eight years ago, Snyder was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
October 14, 2001 |
On the night of July 18, Anthony Sciamanna mixed a cocktail of orange juice, some old morphine pills and an antipsychotic drug. The plan, he would relate later, was to give a little to himself and his wife, Rose, so he could get some sleep. Rose, 71, had Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. Sciamanna, 74, said he was worn out from the round-the-clock care she needed. But early the next morning, Sciamanna, who has emphysema, found Rose gasping and gurgling after drinking the sleeping potion - accidentally, he said.
May 14, 1998 |
Bob Coppock, 77, is married to Barbara, 81, and he loves her. He gives her only the best: tips of asparagus, ice cream, kisses on the cheek at bedtime. Bob also loves another woman, Karla Jones, 60. Bob and Karla met nine years ago when Karla came to the house as a respite worker to give him a break from Barbara, who has Alzheimer's disease. As Karla watched Bob care so tenderly for his wife, she fell in love with him. Now Bob and Karla are lovers. And all three - Bob, Barbara and Karla - live together in a relationship Bob describes as "win-win-win.
August 25, 2011 |
Jason Karlawish, associate director of the Penn Memory Center, was impressed when he heard that 59-year-old Pat Summitt had gone public with her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and that the University of Tennessee was letting her stay on as its women's basketball coach. As the retirement age creeps upward and doctors get better at diagnosing dementia earlier in its course, increasing numbers of people will grapple with how to stay productive as their minds falter. Meanwhile, employers, families, and friends will need to figure out how to deal with workers who may still have a lot to offer but need support.
February 17, 2013
Louise G. Fradkin, 85, of Levittown, cofounder of Children of Aging Parents, a nonprofit volunteer support group, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, of natural causes at her home. Mrs. Fradkin cofounded Children of Aging Parents in 1977 after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, a disease Mrs. Fradkin herself suffered from in later years. CAPS grew into a national organization that focused on outreach and education for caregivers of the elderly. During the 1980s and 1990s, Mrs. Fradkin wrote or cowrote numerous publications related to her work, including the chapter "Caregiving" in the book Our Bodies, Ourselves, Growing Older . She also wrote and edited Aging Parents and Common Sense: A Practical Guide for You and Your Parents . Mrs. Fradkin was an associate editor of Dictionary of Eldercare Terminology and Home Care Planning . As part of her work with CAPS, Mrs. Fradkin helped organize workshops, seminars, and speaking engagements and made numerous TV appearances.
December 7, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My 62-year-old husband was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and I have since learned that his co-workers spotted his troubles long before I did at home. Had I been informed, he could possibly have retired on disability and have Medicare today (which he does not now). Additionally, he would have known to have structured his retirement to include survivorship on his pension, which he did not. I realize his co-workers were in a difficult spot, so I'm not blaming them, but I'm hoping a few words from you might get the word out to others: Friends, when you notice someone is declining, please speak up. - Donna in Virginia DEAR DONNA: I'm sorry about your husband's diagnosis.
April 8, 2012 |
William B. McNamee told his grandson a secret about memory, even as he was losing his own memory to Alzheimer's. One day, we'll be strangers . . . but you can remember the way we held hands when the wind moves through your fingers. McNamee, an orthopedic surgeon from Drexel Hill, died in 2003. Six years later, as Matthew Ross Smith drove along the Schuylkill - with a hand out the window in the early-spring breeze - his grandfather's words came back to him. Thus was born the Spaces Between Your Fingers Project, which offers people across America a chance to connect by tracing their handprints on postcards.
July 9, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: My mother's Alzheimer's became apparent after she was in a car accident. I should have noticed the signs earlier, but I didn't. Her body recovered, her mind did not. I built a new house with a separate suite for her. My wife and I tried to care for her for a year, but I'm disabled and Mom was afraid of my wife. There was never a moment's peace. Fearing for our collective health, I finally placed Mom into an assisted living facility. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life.