December 25, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My father has dementia. Unfortunately, his dementia manifests itself as paranoia and aggressive language. He doesn't physically harm anybody, but he is very difficult to be around. My kids are in middle and high school and are starting to object to visiting their grandfather. My oldest child has good memories of him, but the two younger ones mostly remember him as he is now, a belligerent man with volume-control issues.
December 19, 2015
Doug Willis, 77, who followed Ronald Reagan from the governor's office to the presidential campaign trail and covered Jerry Brown's first stint as governor during a three-decade career writing about California politics for the Associated Press, died Tuesday at a hospital in Sacramento from complications following hip surgery, said his wife, Judy. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease about three years ago and had been living in a memory-care home since summer, she said. Judy Willis said it was especially sad that her husband suffered from dementia because he had such a quick wit, nimble mind and fail-safe memory throughout his journalism career and their 22-year marriage.
December 10, 2015 |
If you were at high risk for a deadly, untreatable disease, would you want to know it? Would you want to join a clinical trial? Alzheimer's researchers are hoping that a lot of people are so eager to find a cure that they will answer yes to both those questions. GeneMatch, an ambitious, national effort to recruit people at high genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease, was launched Tuesday by the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix and will include a key role for University of Pennsylvania researchers.
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.