Alzheimer's Association is the
leading, global voluntary health
organization in Alzheimer's care and
support, and the largest private,
nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's
Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg sat down
for a wide ranging conversation with
Harry Johns, the associationís
president & CEO.
Gary Barg: Tell
me about the clinical trial
Harry Johns: Gary,
I worked in the health field for a
long time and as you well know,
medical science is impeded by the
lack of participation in clinical
trials across medical research. That
is particularly problematic for
Alzheimerís disease. We saw an
opportunity to reach out to people
that we touch every day in our
communities from our chapters and
try to get more people engaged in
doing things that would benefit
other people down the road.
Any of us who
have been touched by this disease do
not want to see others affected by
it. We know we cannot eliminate it
immediately. But if we can make an
impact on it, we at least leave a
legacy for the people we have cared
Lung Cancer Care
By By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
Coping with the diagnosis of
cancer is only the beginning of the journey.
The entire process of diagnosis, treatment and
changes in lifestyle are day by day hurdles for both
caregiver and loved one.
Lung cancerís association with
smoking, second hand smoke and environmental
irritants such as asbestos are factors that modify
how one handles the diagnosis...read more
When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?
Janet Ferree, MA
A difficult question?
Certainly; and for most of us who have been caring for a
disabled and/or sick loved one, an emotional and
unsettling one to consider. I am not referring to people
in their final stages of life or who suffer from
conditions that spark uncontrollable actions. I am
writing for those whose loved one continues to live
indefinitely with no assistance from machines or other
specialized medical care. In such a situation, there can
come a time when living at home becomes unsafe,
especially when the primary caregiver (usually a spouse
or parent) is aging and has physical and/or medical
limitations of his or her own...read more
Tips: When Family Pets Canít Move with Your Loved One
From David G in Oregon
The best of all possibilities is finding people in the community to take the pets; people who would visit with the pets. This would keep a connection between their new life and old; and seeing their pets would be a boost for them. As we age, we gain certain things and we lose certain things...read
Need help with a friend who has
Parkinsonís and signs of mental confusion. He can't keep his
pants at his waist...large abdomen; pants are too high or
too low. He can't wear suspenders; just can't physically
manage this. Any ideas? He wants to look good and his pants
need to fit! Thanks.
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