Tag: Dementia

Photographing the Beauty of My Mother’s Decline

DURHAM, N.H. — My mother has vascular dementia. Her brain, damaged from a slow decline in circulation, has left her with memory loss. At 81 years old, she can climb stairs and sign her name. Knitting has fallen away, as has her use of a spoon. She can count hay bales in the field but […]

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After Decades of Service, Five Nuns Die as Virus Sweeps Through Convent

CHICAGO — Our Lady of the Angels Convent was designed as a haven of peace and prayer in a suburb of Milwaukee, a place where aging, frail nuns could rest after spending their lives taking care of others. Songbirds chirped in the sitting area. A courtyard invited morning prayers and strolls for the several dozen […]

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Dementia Patients Aren’t in Their ‘Perfect Mind.’ Then Again, Who Is?

In her 70s, Iris Murdoch began documenting the fraying of her memory in her journals. “Find difficulty in thinking and writing,” she noted. “Be brave.” She would write one more novel, “Jackson’s Dilemma,” before receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 1997. Drafts of a letter from that year were later discovered among her papers. “My […]

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Peter Beard’s Family Confirms His Death

The family of Peter Beard, the artist and wildlife photographer who disappeared last month from his ocean bluff property on Long Island’s East End, said that a body found on Sunday in Montauk was Mr. Beard’s. After a 19-day search, the East Hampton Town Police released a statement on Sunday afternoon saying it discovered “the […]

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When Dementia Meets the Coronavirus Crisis

As the coronavirus advances, it is taking a particularly harsh toll on the many who are caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. According to a report by the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 16 million Americans are providing unpaid care for those with Alzheimer’s or other types […]

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Moderate Drinking Tied to Lower Levels of Alzheimer’s Brain Protein

Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with reduced levels of beta amyloid, the protein that forms the brain plaques of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Korean researchers studied 414 men and women, average age 71, who were free of dementia or alcohol-related disorders. All underwent physical exams, tests of mental acuity, and PET and M.R.I. […]

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Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You

Do I know I’m at risk for developing dementia? You bet. My father died of Alzheimer’s disease at age 72; my sister was felled by frontotemporal dementia at 58. And that’s not all: Two maternal uncles had Alzheimer’s, and my maternal grandfather may have had vascular dementia. (In his generation, it was called senility.) So […]

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