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  • Passover 5774/2014 – What Dementia Can Teach Us About Love, Loss and Liberation

    By Salvador Litvak

    April 14, 2014 | 10:08 am

    And I shall inscribe on the tablets the words that were upon the first tablets which you broke, and you shall place them into the ark. (Deut. 10:2)

    Rav Yosef [said], “This teaches that both the second tablets and the broken pieces of the first were placed in the [holy] ark....

  • USC seeks twins with Alzheimer’s for study

    July 18, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    Researchers at the University of Southern California are seeking twins with Alzheimer’s for a study that seeks to help researchers understand risk factors for the disease. Participants will be interviewed about their life histories and their experience with Alzheimer’s. The...

  • Romance and Disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 12, 2012 | 12:11 am

    With chocolate hearts and annoying radio ads for pajama-grams (can’t think of a worse present) vying for our attention this week, it’s easy to forget about what love is really all about, and that all of us humans have a strong drive to find love, even when we might least expect...

  • Getting to know my dad, again

    By Gary Wexler

    June 14, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    My 93-year-old father emerged as a different person when my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. He became independent, assertive, interested and engaging. When my mother died in October, he even became a bit spiritual. He’s certainly not the exhausted father...

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  • Pingpong therapy brings net gains to Alzheimer’s patients

    By Rachel Heller

    January 25, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    Usually, Fryda Dvorak needs a cane to move around. But put her behind a pingpong table and you wouldn’t know it.

    Dvorak, 86 and living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, returns volley after volley with her confident lob, sometimes gritting her teeth in concentration as she...

  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue...
  • The emotional landmines of family caregiving

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Most families squabble. After a short cooling-off period, relatives tend to resolve spats and go on with their individual lives. But there are situations that make it difficult to restore harmony. For example, when an elderly loved one breaks a hip, suffers from dementia, a stroke or...
  • The emotional landmines of family caregiving

    June 19, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Most families squabble. After a short cooling-off period, relatives tend to resolve spats and go on with their individual lives. But there are situations that make it difficult to restore harmony. For example, when an elderly loved one breaks a hip, suffers from dementia, a stroke or...