December 4, 1992
I am amazed, incredulous, and in a sense outraged by the remarks of Shelly Fabares, chairperson of an Alzheimer's Assn. benefit ("Alzheimer's Assn. Spends a 'Night at Sardi's,' " Nov. 23) indicating that Alzheimer's disease "makes you feel helpless because you can't do anything for this person you love." As a resident about to become 85 of Leisure World, with its many stimulating activities and with a highly competent and effective social service department working to promote healthy, useful lives of an increasing older population, I think it is obvious that improving environmental social circumstances helps prevent the impairment of our physical and mental capacities.
December 19, 1990 |
There were no searchlights at this Columbia premiere--no stretch limos, no mugging celebs, not one autograph hound. But the excitement was there just the same for Orange County's benefit preview of "Awakenings" last week at Edwards South Coast Plaza Theatre. The movie starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro had hundreds of supporters of the South Coast Institute for Applied Gerontology and the Alzheimer's Assn. applauding, guffawing and weeping shamelessly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2000 |
A local chapter of the Alzheimer's Assn. has received $42,000 from various groups to provide expanded services to Ventura County residents. Oxnard awarded the county chapter $5,000 for an education program that will pay for a series of presentations to families and professionals at senior centers throughout the city.
July 28, 2008 |
For PEOPLE already diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, waiting for research breakthroughs is disheartening. But life can still be lived with hope, says Wantland J. Smith, 69, a retired architect who was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's at age 66. Smith, of Los Angeles, takes medications to treat his symptoms, attends support-group meetings and even does volunteer advocacy work for the Alzheimer's Assn. in Los Angeles. However, his best therapy, he says, is traveling with his wife, playing a guitar, attending music camps, singing in a choir, reading and meditation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2000 |
For more than a decade, the Alzheimer's Assn. of Orange County has been helping seniors with the disease reconnect themselves to their past through art. The program, Memories in the Making, uses artistic expression--painting, sculpting, collage making and drawing--to help patients remember their past and help relieve stress. Alzheimer's patients typically suffer from profound memory loss, disorientation and speech difficulty. There is no cure.
March 15, 2011 |
An estimated 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease. That leads to … 14.9 million unpaid caregivers, $183 billion in annual costs. So begins the latest report from the Alzheimer's Assn. The report, 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures , sheds more light on the toll the disease takes on not just patients but caregivers. "Unpaid caregivers are primarily family members, but they also include other relatives and friends," the report says.
August 23, 2011 |
Pat Summitt says she has early onset dementia -- Alzheimer's type -- but isn't going to let that keep her from what she loves doing: coaching women's basketball at the University of Tennessee. In a heartfelt interview with the Washington Post, the winningest coach in college basketball explained that she had received the diagnosis but that it took her a while to accept it. Early-onset Alzheimer's can be a difficult diagnosis to face. It sets in well before the age of 65, the Mayo Clinic explains, the typical lower limit for standard Alzheimer's disease, and thus affects people when they're still in their prime, often with elderly parents or young children to care for as well.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2000 |
Nearly all of the speakers who helped open the Alzheimer's Assn. Center at Cal State Northridge on Friday have been deeply affected by the degenerative disease. Actress Shelley Fabares, who starred in the television programs "The Donna Reed Show" and "Coach," lost her mother eight years ago to Alzheimer's. Former Pasadena Mayor Katie Nack's husband is in the latter stages of the disease. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky watches a close relative struggle with some symptoms.
August 17, 2009 |
People may be able to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to two recently published studies that are the latest in a long line of research. But does that hold for everyone? And by how much can you lower the risk? Here's a look at the facts. Alzheimer's afflicts 5.3 million Americans and that number is predicted to grow to nearly 8 million in the next 20 years, according to a 2009 report by the Alzheimer's Assn. Because the disease has no cure, medical researchers continue to focus on preventing or delaying the disease.