— Do you remember Charles and Charlane who began dating in an assisted living facility? You may have read about their first stirrings of togetherness, and how they were swept up into a full-fledged romance in Where Singles Meet. Their story ended with the growing physical and mental enfeeblement of Charles, and Charlane’s worsening forgetfulness – the inexorable sprouting of dementia. But they were inseparable. Glued. Like a fraternity pinning in college days gone by. Then the unavoidable! The ineluctable course of …

— In recognition of her work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Davis) has been presented a Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Davis sponsored and fought for successful passage of legislation – House Bill 2025 – that will ensure better training for those who provide care to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Texas. HB 2025 was amended to also include the contents of another major …

— Dr. Smita Patel In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in November, I will focus a 3-part series on the latest research focusing on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. I also encourage you to view my earlier AARP blog posts, to learn about ways to reduce risks and preserve brain health. Have you heard that poor sleep quality, whether due to bad habits or to medical conditions (like sleep apnea) raises your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease? That is the developing …

— Former television news anchor Diane Ako blogs about her life as a mother, wife and caregiver to her mother, who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. My mother is nearly catatonic, four years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She sits wherever placed and rests with eyes half shut. She doesn’t speak. She needs to be fed and wheeled around now. This is the last stage of Alzheimer’s. She mumble-whispers and it’s mostly unintelligible. She has a couple things she …

— Virginia is home to an estimated 140,000 people with Alzheimer’s dementia, and the disease takes a toll on family caregivers as well. AARP Virginia is a member of the Northern Virginia Dementia Care Consortium and is cosponsoring its 31st Annual Caregiver Conference. Participants can learn more about what dementia is and how to care for themselves, as well as a loved one with the disease. The conference will be Friday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Korean …

— Creating Moments of Joy Friday, November 10th 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Korean Central Presbyterian Church 15451 Lee Highway, Centerville, VA 20121 Please join us for our 31st Annual Caregivers Conference! Creating Moments of Joy. If you’ve attended the conference in the past, you know what an educational and inspirational day you’ll have. And if you’ve never been to the Northern Virginia Dementia Caregiver’s Conference, please come join us – we know you’ll be glad you came. The conference features an …

— The University of Denver & Dementia Friendly Denver Present: *Reducing Your Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia A Community Education Event Saturday, September 30, 9:00 until 11:00 AM Event will be held in the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts,  located on the University of Denver Campus 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver Admission Is Free – Doors Open at 8:30 AM Get Answers to Questions Like: How can I reduce my …

— In 2010, AARP Arkansas helped initiate creation of the Arkansas Silver Alert—a system that mobilizes searches for lost adults with Alzheimer’s disease and similar cognitive disorders. Silver Alerts are based on the same concept of immediately alerting and disseminating information statewide through various  media outlets as the Amber Alert for missing children. Silver Alerts use a wide array of media outlets—such as commercial radio stations, television stations, and cable TV—to broadcast information about missing persons. Silver Alerts also use variable-message signs on roadways …

— You did it! With a little over half of the year behind us, I want to reflect on the legislative success made possible by AARP volunteers like you.  Dozens of volunteers met with elected officials, while thousands of home-based activists sent important e-mails and made calls.  Volunteers even staffed community events, talked to the public about the issues at stake and convinced many to sign petitions to elected officials.  Even more boldy, some volunteers told their personal stories in videos, helping …

—   Alzheimer’s robbed my mother of her identity, and gifted me with a new one: caregiver. I never wanted to be a caregiver – I don’t know that anyone does – but I accepted this new role and what it meant for my relationship with my mother and struggled from the very start. I had to learn how to continue being me while taking care of someone who was no longer herself – someone who, through the years, would become …