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Preparing Yourself or a Loved One to Die at Home

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” — Psalms 23:4 ESV Death is not a fun topic, but failing to talk about end-of-life plans results in a…

My Mother’s Experience With Aphasia

According to a statement released by his family last week, actor Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with aphasia and is stepping away from his acting career. Aphasia can occur when the part of the brain that controls speech is damaged. Willis’ family didn’t reveal the reason behind his condition,…

Debunking Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

There’s a lot unknown about Alzheimer’s disease, and many myths surround the mind-altering disease. It’s necessary to separate fact from fiction. As misnomers are addressed, it removes some of the stigmas attached to Alzheimer’s. Because knowledge is power, it delivers hope to people who fear developing the most common form…

How to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease isn’t curable — yet. However, we can all take precautions that may help to prevent it, and we should, since everyone is at risk of developing dementia. Dementia isn’t a natural part of aging, although age is a risk factor. The mind-altering disease can take a long…

Don’t Fall for Fake Alzheimer’s Remedies

Maybe you’ve noticed: There’s never a situation so dire that someone can’t make it worse by preying on desperate people. Think about it. The COVID-19 pandemic, the 9/11 attacks in the U.S., earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes — all of these tragedies have been exploited by someone willing to deceive kindhearted…

Raising Dementia Awareness Among NFL Alumni

Football season has come to an end in the U.S., and for some of us, that’s good news. For others, not so much. I have a love-hate relationship with the game, and I have very little interest in it when my team isn’t on the field. By some folks’ estimation…

Addressing Alzheimer’s Disparities During Black History Month

People from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Nearly 6 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2060, that number is expected to…

Faced With Alzheimer’s Disease, We’re Buoyed by Grace

Last Wednesday would have been my mother’s 94th birthday. While she wasn’t famous, she was an exceptional person before Alzheimer’s disease claimed her life, and she is the inspiration for this column. Of course, there was no guarantee that without Alzheimer’s she would have lived long enough to witness her…