I remember hearing Charlton Heston 's booming voice in "Planet of the Apes" as a young girl. I didn't watch the classic movies he made - "Ben Hur" or "The 10 Commandments" - until later. And there are still some movies that are sitting in my online Netflix queue, waiting to arrive at my home. The news reports that followed Heston's death fleshed out the person who had that memorable baritone voice. I find that like most people, I agreed with some of his stands on political issues, but opposed other issues that he supported. But I think the most important issue he took a stand on happened on August 9, 2002 when he announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease . Thanks to CNN's archives, I was able to find the transcript of the tape Heston made to announce his disease. Reading this, I found it very touching, and wanted to share it with you: My Dear Friends, Colleagues and Fans: My physicians have rece...
Jim Nantz Jr., the father of CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz III, died Saturday, June 28. The Houston Chronicle reported that Mr. Nantz, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1995, died with his son by his bedside.
I had heard about Mr. Nantz's struggle with Alzheimer's during interviews given by Jim Nantz III this past spring. When asked by U.S. News and World Report what the most difficult aspect of his father's demise had been, the son said, "When it came time to move him out of the family house into a facility in 2000. That was the hardest decision I ever had to make. I'd had this dream that I was going to have my dad out there on the road with me, with a purpose. This magical three-event journey (calling Super Bowl XLI, the Final Four, and the Master's golf tournament in 2007) in 63 days-that would've been the greatest father-son road trip ever. But he has no recognition of anyone or anything in the word around him."
The U.S. News and World Report also noted the heartbr...
Research continues to show that these family members spend more
time on care and are more stressed than relatives of those with
other illnesses. A study, for example, by the Metlife Mature Market
Institute shows that caregivers of those with Alzheimers
disease or other dementias commit an average 47 hours per week to
personal care activities and other tasks, versus 33 hours by
caregivers of those with physical impairments. Activities of daily
living, which includes eating, bathing, dressing, and going to the
bathroom, demand additional time.
Caregivers of individuals with Alzheimers disease may find
caregiving less stressful if they learn how to best handle their
loved ones personal care needs. When caregivers face
roadblocks with these activities, they should explore possible
underlying problems in order to find solutions. For instance,
difficulty using silverware, a fear of being poisoned, or a dental
condition might make a person stop eating. Medical problems, an
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