Elaine Pfender still has her quirks, and she flashes a smile without much coaxing. One December day at Senior LIFE in North Franklin Township, the adult day care program she attends weekdays, she wore a floppy “Christmas cook” hat and playfully asked a photographer to take her picture.
Dolores DeSantis died on June 25 after battling Alzheimer's and several health issues for nearly 20 years. Her husband George, who will turn 90 in January, took care of Dolores, bathing, dressing and brushing her teeth, cooking dinner and taking her to doctor's appointments.
The Observer-Reporter staff reflects on “No Longer Me,” the nearly year-long Alzheimer's and dementia staff series, in this video.
The decision of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Californian with terminal brain cancer, to end her life on Nov. 1 in Oregon has sparked a national debate on whether states should offer terminally ill patients the right to die on their own terms.
Having lost her husband to dementia rooted in Parkinson’s Disease and seeing a grandmother’s cognition erode under an onslaught of mini-strokes, Patricia Lyle is all too aware of the need to keep mind and body healthy.
Marlene Oreski said she welcomes breakthrough research this year by Harvard stem-cell scientists, something that offers hope for treating Alzheimer’s disease. But it wouldn’t benefit her mother.
All Jay Briggs knew when his wife, Sandy, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia 10 years ago was that the prognosis was not good.
Some retirees head to a local senior citizen center for lunch, exercise, bingo or card games, or just to chat. But some senior citizens in Washington, Greene and Fayette counties, through the Area Agency on Aging, had the opportunity a few years ago to participate in the research of a precur…
Planning end-of-life treatments for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia can be a torturous process for their loved ones, but those decisions should be made in the earliest stages of the disease, if possible, experts say.
For decades, Sunday afternoons were a time the Uram family devoted to volunteer work in their East Washington home, and that work often meant stuffing envelopes for mailings.
Cathy Glumac can visualize her mother opening a box designed to jog old and treasured memories, and handling her old bread pan, discolored and misshapen after years of daily use. She can only imagine the long conversations the two would share as a result.
How can you communicate with a loved one who has lost touch with reality? When there's bewilderment on both sides of the relationship, yelling, confrontations and arguing will lead to frustration. Avoiding each other may not be much of a solution.
Kara Berringer, an art therapist at Presbyterian SeniorCare's Woodside Place, recalled the day a resident suffering from Alzheimer's disease accompanied her to the Carnegie Museum of Arts and marveled at a piece of artwork in an international exhibit.
WAYNESBURG – There's no place like home, but for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's, remaining at home may no longer be a viable option.
We're not talking about small potatoes when a group of ladies get together to raise more than $1,000 in just two years to aid those who have Alzheimer's disease and families.
Sharon Szamanda was surprised when her mother, Kathleen Smith, 90, announced that she wanted to move to Country Meadows of South Hills after visiting a friend there on Easter Day three years ago.
When the Washington County Health Center planned to expand its secure memory unit two decades ago, designers were given a difficult task: How do you create a “home-like” atmosphere that caters to the needs of people with dementia but also keeps them safe?
RICES LANDING – Before she was robbed of her dignity and mind 13 years ago by a cruel, crippling disease called Alzheimer's, Dolores Jackson was an extremely outgoing woman who loved life, traveling and shopping.
For the last 20 years, Nancy Haney has operated a personal care home in Rices Landing, Greene County, caring for people who can't care for themselves.
Short of equipping him with an ankle monitor, the family of 90-year-old George Pochiba is doubtful that his June disappearance, and his subsequent death, could have been prevented.