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  • Swinging with The 5th Dementia

    3 weeks ago

    Twice a week, four older men get together to make music. There may be nothing unusual about that, but aging has not been kind to them: To varying degrees, they’ve been affected by dementia or Parkinson’s disease. 

    Nevertheless, when they get together and play standards from the...

  • 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....

  • Praying with Betty

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 am

    For the last few months, on most Saturday afternoons I have been visiting a woman I will call Betty, in order to preserve her privacy. Betty is in hospice, which means she is approaching the end of her life, and is living at home in a hospital-type bed she will likely never leave,...

  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • Films: Dementia ordeal inspires comic tale of ‘The Savages’

    By Pat Sierchio

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Tamara Jenkins knows firsthand what an overwhelming task it is to care for a parent suffering from dementia. While she was in her mid-30s, she had to help care for both her father and grandmother during their final days in a nursing home.

    She also knows that no matter how grave a...

  • Center’s Studies Aid Care for Frail Elderly

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Rose Sino sits in her wheelchair as lunch is placed before her. Her son offers her a forkful of cheese blintz, which Sino quickly chews before accepting another bite.

    While this scene might appear routine, its significance is not lost on her son, David Swartz, or her caregivers at...

  • A Big Impression

    By Wildman Weiner

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm too old to have heroes. But for those who live their lives with courage, I can make an exception. Like the Impressionists, for instance, whose lives of self-sacrifice I was trying to share with my class of older adults.

    "OK, everyone," I say, "whoever's not here, raise your...

  • Problems Abound in Pampering Parents

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    My mother and father are both in diapers. I wasn't at all prepared for this possibility. Dealing with the visual and olfactory aspect of my son's end products when he was a baby was an expected part of being a mom, but it's a completely different matter when it's my parents wearing...

  • Elder Rage: What I Know Now

    By Jacqueline Marcell

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For 11 years. I begged my obstinate elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he adamantly insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired to help him said, "Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father -- his temper is impossible to...

  • Mom and Dementia

    By Ellie Kahn

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My mother sounded upset when she called the other day. "What's wrong, Ma?" I asked. "I don't know what's going on or where I am she said. "Who are these people with me?"

    I reminded Mom of her move to Los Angeles three years ago, and her life at a San Fernando Valley board and care....

  • Total Recall

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Twice in the past couple of days, I've been in conversation and found myself grasping for a word. On both occasions, my 4-year-old supplied the word before I could come up with it. And, of course, there are the times that I walk into a room only to realize that I have no idea what I...

  • Failing Minds Fall Prey to Holocaust

    By Jane Ulman

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Why did you come? Go, go before it's too late," Laja Szydlowski warned her daughter, Hanna. She then whispered, "They're killing people here. You don't understand."

    This encounter did not take place in 1940, with Szydlowski holed up in a cramped apartment in the Lodz ghetto in...

  • The Search for an Alzheimer’s Cure

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "How do you spell fare?" my father asked.

    For a man who had spent a lifetime in business, I was taken aback, but I spelled it for him. He was writing a check for my plane fare to Los Angeles, something he generously undertakes whenever I visit Florida. Today, he looked at his...

  • My Brother’s Keeper

    By Yehuda Lev

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My brother, who at 70 is younger than me by two years, has a world-class collection of the mysteries of Agatha Christie and a complete set of the novels of Anthony Trollope. They are being joined, gradually, by the Greek historians and Galsworthy's Forsythe Saga.

    These volumes,...

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