Planning holidays and other celebrations is challenging when a loved one has dementia. Adam Rowe shares his experience with planning his parents' 50th anniversary while accommodating limitations caused by his mother's frontotemporal dementia.
A mother's voice is the first thing we hear from the time we exit the womb. And its the voice we continue to hear throughout our lives. We model our mother's voice when we first learn to talk. The same voice guides us as we begin to walk. It warns you of potential harm and radiates warmth when you need consolation. It's because this voice commands such power, that it's even more devastating when Alzheimer's disease quiets it. Or silences it completely.
Have you ever wondered why the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) puts such a premium on partnerships? It’s because we know that when we team up with other forward-thinking foundations we increase our funding power and our combined expertise—ultimately, ensuring that we can get to a cure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias faster.
When 49ers inside linebacker Chris Borland announced his early retirement from the NFL after just one season, the league and fans reacted with shock. But as a father, a neuroscientist and a geriatrician, I can imagine all too well the immense relief that Borland's parents likely felt knowing they would no longer have to watch their son take a beating on Sunday afternoons.