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September 23, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Carol Burg loves them all, but all of them would gladly go back to the lives they had before meeting her. Before Alzheimer's. "They're my angels," she says, voice pure Brooklyn, enthusiasm equally audible. "I love, love, love them. " Burg, 47, is assistant activities director in the Wellspring Memory Care building at Juniper Village, an assisted-living complex in Williamstown. The Voorhees resident has worked for three years at Wellspring, home to 36 people between the ages of 59 and 99. All have been diagnosed with end-stage dementia and are at risk of "elopement," a genteel euphemism for running away.
NEWS
September 6, 2013
D ALLAS - I attended Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest conference over the Labor Day holiday weekend, in which I participated on a panel about faith, family and finances. During the discussion, a woman asked a question that so many others are asking. She wanted to know what to do about her aging parents. They have little money and many health issues. She didn't think they could continue to afford living on their own. The woman is sandwiched between taking care of her children and her parents.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Accompanied by her two grown children and a granddaughter, Fredricka Rosa was brought into a Mount Holly courtroom in a wheelchair Monday to learn her fate for fatally shooting her husband of 54 years. The 77-year-old Pemberton Township woman in the jogging suit stared straight ahead and said nothing as the hearing began. Cedric Edwards, her public defender, said "three or four" psychiatric reports had determined she suffers from Alzheimer's disease and is no longer aware she killed Valpa C. Rosa Sr., a retired postal worker, the night of July 19, 2012.
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August 17, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carmen Torres used the simplest of words, but the way she had to stop and steady herself before she could speak - the way her voice shook when she finally spoke of her Alzheimer's disease - gave them an emotional richness that cut to the heart of why she and a group of politicians, advocates, caregivers, and researchers had come to a hearing at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday. The Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee has been traveling around the state gathering information about the state of dementia care in Pennsylvania in preparation for producing a plan in February.
NEWS
July 29, 2013 | By Debra Nussbaum, For The Inquirer
Ilene Triest found the group a decade ago while caring for her husband, who had been seriously disabled in a car crash. Bob Mastrogiovanni attended his first group dinner in Cherry Hill in 1992, after a psychologist suggested a support group to help him and his wife, Kathy, handle her multiple sclerosis. Patrice Dupois connected with the Well Spouse Association in 1996, when she was caring for her husband in his early 40s as he was declining quickly with ALS. "I had no life," Triest said of the time she walked into her first Well Spouse dinner meeting in Manalapan, N.J. "I am married but not married.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Physicians have been saying for years that what is good for your heart is also good for your head. A large new study from University of Pennsylvania researchers suggests that maxim could be especially true when it comes to Alzheimer's disease. Autopsies revealed that victims of Alzheimer's were significantly more likely than other people to have "vascular pathology" such as hemorrhaging and arteries clogged with plaque. Moreover, patients who had suffered strokes and other forms of cerebrovascular disease had a lower "threshold" for dementia caused by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
After 14 years of Alzheimer's, Martha Fletcher doesn't really know her husband anymore. But Don Fletcher still knows his wife. And his new book, Martha and I , gives readers a deep sense of the beloved spouse, mother of six, and accomplished musician with whom he has shared a life for 71 years. "I want them to see Martha as she was: totally warm, very extroverted, and self-giving," says Fletcher, 94, a mostly retired Presbyterian minister. Still lovely at 91, his wife has lost the use of language and spends much of her day asleep or in a wheelchair in their cozy home at Lion's Gate in Voorhees.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease remains a dream for patients suffering from the debilitating brain condition, family members struggling to help them, and pharmaceutical companies hoping to make billions of dollars treating them. But there is no consensus on even the best direction of research, and that uncertainty has affected a Philadelphia subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Co., Avid Radiopharmaceuticals. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) said last week that it probably would not pay for as many of the diagnostic tests Lilly hoped it would when the drug giant bought Avid in 2010.
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day is coming when doctors will be able to diagnose and treat Alzheimer's disease before people have symptoms, and Ronald Petersen is among the doctors laying the groundwork for that future. Petersen is director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, which is using detailed tests to monitor cognitive changes in older adults from Olmsted County, Minn., as they age. He discussed the early results of the study recently at a talk sponsored by several programs at the University of Pennsylvania, including the Penn Memory Center.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
21 Alzheimer's staffers charged COMMERCE, Ga. - More than 20 employees of an assisted-living center for people with Alzheimer's disease face dozens of criminal charges after state investigators raided the center Tuesday and uncovered allegations that employees had mistreated patients, authorities said. The charges stem from a three-month probe of Alzheimer's Care of Commerce, 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, state officials said. Charges filed against the 21 involve accusations of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
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