Finding joy in joyrides

December 1, 2019
Mom, caregiver son celebrate time together by going on adventures Joy as defined in the dictionary is “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” The definition of joyride is “a ride taken for pleasure (as in a car or aircraft).” ...

‘Death by slow trickle’

September 1, 2019
Family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease In 1906, a German doctor named Alois Alzheimer described a peculiar disease of the brain that would later carry his name. He set a new standard for understanding deteriorating brain disorders by establishing a unique ...

‘I need to fix my brain’

October 1, 2018
Osakis family shares their Alzheimer’s story If you have a brain, you should be concerned about Alzheimer’s. Because it’s a disease of the brain, it causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms can vary, but sometimes the first problem ...

Ask the Expert: Can I reduce my risk of cognitive decline?

September 1, 2018
Answers provided  by Katrice Sisson,
Alzheimer’s Association Q:  What are some ways to reduce my risk of cognitive decline? Research is still evolving, but evidence is strong that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle ...

Ask the Expert: Alzheimer’s or normal age-related changes?

August 1, 2018
Answers provided  by Katrice Sisson,
Alzheimer’s Association Question: What are some signs of Alzheimer’s/dementia compared to normal age-related changes? Memory loss that disrupts daily life One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is ...

Memory loss support

December 29, 2015
Group helps families affected by life-changing, debilitating diseases As with many illnesses there seem to be more and more families being affected by life-altering diseases, and one of those diseases is Alzheimer’s along with other forms of dementia-related diseases. Two ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Is it a normal part of aging, or early onset?

August 31, 2015
Do you ever think you may have early signs of dementia? In this edition of the Senior Perspective, I wrote a story regarding the Brainerd Lakes Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held in Brainerd on Sept. 26. I ...

Dementia: A life changer

January 23, 2011
As the Alzheimer’s disease began to progress, an elderly woman who lived alone forgot about her thermostat to heat her apartment. Instead she used the oven to heat her home. The oven also stored her hot pads.     This was a ...