‘Death by slow trickle’

September 1, 2019
Family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease
(Front) Walter and Beverly with their children, (back L to R) Roger Deterding, Mark Deterding and Rita Strickler. Walter suffered from Alzheimer’s during his retirement years (age 60-80). He passed away in 2013. Contributed photo

‘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
Melissa Maranell (left), social worker for Marshall Avera who sometimes facilitates the support group. Also pictured are Robin Moon and Karen Hurst, both of Marshall. Both have spouses affected by Alzheimer’s. Contributed photo
Group helps families affected by life-changing, debilitating ...

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 ...