January 18, 2011 |
When Sargent Shriver was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2003, he seized the moment as an opportunity to tell the public and help raise awareness of the disease. Shriver died Tuesday at 95. The longtime architect of social change and his wife, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Profiles in Courage Awards that have been presented at the Alzheimer's Assn.'s annual galas since 2004. The association says of his death: "The Shriver family continues to raise awareness about Alzheimer's by contributing to an increased dialogue about the disease among Americans and by encouraging the government to increase their focus on Alzheimer's disease, including vocal support for the National Alzheimer's Project Act, an Alzheimer's Association-supported landmark act signed into law by President Obama in early January.
January 3, 2011 |
Anyone who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease knows the heartbreak and frustration of caring for Mom or Grandpa. Now nursing homes with Alzheimer's patients are trying novel approaches that add a heavy dose of TLC to the equation. This Newport News Daily Press story profiles one Virginia facility that encourages patients to cook, iron or perform other household tasks if they so choose. "What we're really trying to do is create home," Barbara Dearmon, Riverside Health System's memory support adviser, says in the story.
May 1, 1988 |
Sometime in the fall of 1986, Joyce Beauchene began thinking about the interstate highway that slices through the family farm in South Dakota. I'm going out on that interstate, she would tell her husband, Cecil. I'm going to step in front of a big truck. She talked of a terrible pain in her head. Like someone was in there with a hot iron, Cecil recalls. Month after month, Cecil Beauchene watched Alzheimer's disease corrode his wife's mind--while doctors assured him there was nothing he could do.
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April 28, 1988 |
Most of a Beverly Hills woman's $20-million estate--contested by her husband, who was cut out of her will just two days before her suicide--will go to a Jewish anti-drug program in Los Angeles and two other charities under a settlement reached Wednesday. Attorneys for the husband, wealthy real estate developer William Weinberg, 59, agreed to the settlement despite the fact that he and their two teen-age children, Marc, 18, and Elizabeth, 17, get no money.
March 18, 1990 |
Don't sugarcoat this. It ain't easy for any of us. --Samuel Kaplan Mollie Kaplan can remember half a century ago when she was 12 and met her husband, Samuel, at a Halloween party in the Bronx. She can remember elementary school penmanship classes, when she changed her name from the Molly on her birth certificate to Mollie because she had a bad habit of writing the "y" below the line. What she can't remember is whether she had breakfast, so sometimes she eats it twice.
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March 14, 1988 |
They were two little old ladies living together. One sister was 86, the other 84. Now one is dead. Police said Sunday that Edna Lamont, a piano teacher and widow with two children, is suspected of bludgeoning her older sister, Mary McBride, to death. No charges have been filed, pending the results of an autopsy, said Los Angeles Police Cmdr. William Booth. No motive is known. Lamont told police that she found the bleeding body of her sister on the floor about 5 a.m. Saturday, according to Booth.
July 31, 1988 |
Every morning, just around 10 o'clock, a haunted-looking woman descends from the elevator at the Essex House. Her eyes scan the lobby, seeing everything and nothing. Looking disheveled, in clothes that are shabby and sometimes outlandish, she stands out in this bastion of sedate business people and well-heeled tourists. Sometimes she stops to talk to a child. But adults who would like to speak to her are dismissed with a vacant stare and barely a word.
December 27, 2007 |
On a warm autumn afternoon, toward the end of a daylong barrage of PowerPoint presentations, a white-haired, gentlemanly fellow named Michael Merzenich faced a room full of neuroscientists and pharmaceutical executives and declared that, really, they could all pack up and go home. He thought he could stop Alzheimer's disease by doing nothing more than sitting old people down for a few months in front of computer screens and retraining their brains. What was odd about Merzenich's pronouncement was that it hardly seemed odd at all. He had been preceded to the stage -- and was followed the next day -- by a procession of researchers who offered widely variant prescriptions for confronting the disease, many as complicated as Merzenich's was comparatively simple.
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April 11, 1988 |
Memory problems in rats caused by chronic alcohol intake can be mostly reversed with brain tissue transplants, and such therapy may someday help alcoholics and victims of Alzheimer's disease, a researcher said. "I think that really means there's hope, if you blow your mind with too much whiskey, maybe we'll be able to repair it with transplants," or similarly ease mental deficits in Alzheimer's, said Jeffrey Gray of the Institute of Psychiatry in London.
March 30, 1988
The Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Hotline, (800) 992-1660, operates 24 hours a day and accepts calls regarding elder abuse from victims, concerned citizens and potential or actual abusers. Calls can be made anonymously and are referred to local Adult Protective Services offices. For information or referral, Los Angeles County's Area Agency on Aging can be reached at (213) 857-6466, Los Angeles City's Area Agency on Aging at (213) 485-4402.