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"You just never know what fate will deal you."

John Mann, lead vocalist and principal songwriter of Canadian band Spirit of the West (known by two generations of university froshes for "Home For A Rest") has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 8, 2014 - 17 comments

"the Embuggerance is finally catching up with me"

I have been putting off writing this announcement for quite some time and on good days thought I wouldn’t have to write it at all. However, it is with great reluctance that I have to tell you all that I will not be able to attend the upcoming Discworld Convention in Manchester. I am very sorry about this, but I have been dodging the effects of PCA and have been able to write for much longer than any of us ever thought possible, but now The Embuggerance is finally catching up with me, along with other age-related ailments. I know people will have already made plans far in advance and some will be travelling a long way, but this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry. They say time marches on, and it does, even though I have been running very fast to keep one step ahead of it. I really was looking forward to seeing your smiley, happy faces. Have fun everyone. Yes, on this occasion, have lots of fun.
After the happy news Tuesday that sir Terry Pratchett was well along with the fifth Tiffany Aching novel, it came as a shock to hear only a day later that he he had to cancel his appearances at the Discworld con because of his Alzheimer's disease. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Jul 4, 2014 - 44 comments

everyone was aware of the fact that tuesday was the deadline

how a woman's plan to kill herself helped her family grieve
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Jun 24, 2014 - 55 comments

Doctor.

On Monday, journalist Conor Dougherty tweeted a picture of a transcript from a 1984 deposition where, upon being asked if his mother preferred to be addressed as "Miss" or "Mrs.", she responded, "Doctor." It was retweeted more than 2000 times. Here's the backstory.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 18, 2014 - 64 comments

it seems... familiar, somehow.

Alz is a flash-game/short-film about what it's like to live with Alzheimer's. (SLNG, via)
posted by tybeet on Mar 30, 2014 - 7 comments

"Americans whisper the word Alzheimer's because their government...

...whispers the word Alzheimer's." Seth Rogen (yes, THAT Seth Rogen) gives a moving speech about funding for Alzheimer's research.
posted by Kitteh on Mar 26, 2014 - 65 comments

Watching the Lights Go Out

I have Alzheimer's disease.

I’ve probably had it for about two years, but it’s still pretty early in the illness. Most other people don’t notice my illness yet, although my memory is starting to move from a normal “bad memory” that lots of older people have to an abnormal “there’s-something-wrong-with-his-memory.” I don’t feel abnormal, at least not yet. But, in addition to the memory problem, I’m certainly slowing down. As a retired physician who hass seen his share of mentally declining patients, I know what’s most likely in store as the disease gets worse: A long, progressive mental decline (to the point, for instance, where I don’t recognize my family), nursing home care, and early death from complications of the disease. I’m writing because it may be helpful for people to know what one person’s process is like from inside the diseased mind....
[more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Apr 2, 2013 - 29 comments

Gerry Anderson, MBE, S.I.G, F.A.B, R.I.P

Gerry Anderson, creator of many 1960's puppet series (shot in Supermarionation) has passed away. He was responsible not just for Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and many others, but also the creator of the 60's live action shows UFO, Space 1999 and Space Precinct. Anderson suffered from mixed Alzheimer's in recent years died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday lunchtime.
posted by Webbster on Dec 26, 2012 - 65 comments

DARK, ISN'T IT?

What happened next is that Pratchett collapsed. “I had to kneel on the back seat of the taxi and give him CPR,” Rob says. “It was fingers down throat stuff. He nearly died.” -- Extracts from an interview by Laurie Penny of Terry Pratchett reveal he nearly died and is planning to leave the Discworld in the hands of his daughter, Rhianna Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 14, 2012 - 84 comments

UNDONE

Undone: a short, stop-motion film by Hayley Morris. [via]
posted by brundlefly on Sep 4, 2012 - 6 comments

"Well, I guess Cab Calloway was my number one."

Alive Inside is an upcoming documentary exploring how listening to music can briefly return memories to patients who previously seemed completely lost to Alzheimer's. An excerpt can be seen here.
posted by gilrain on Apr 10, 2012 - 22 comments

Dementia be Damned

Dementia be Damned [via mefi projects] With dementia and brain related links, personal stories about good and trying times, and information about the latest research, it's a fascinating read about a woman with lots of personality and her amazing Mom. [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Feb 22, 2012 - 10 comments

Losing track of words

Can vocabulary analysis detect the onset of Alzheimers Disease in writers? In 2004, a team at UCL demonstrated that Iris Murdoch's last novel had simpler sentence structure and a smaller vocabulary than her earlier books. Now a team at the University of Toronto has corroborated that research, and suggests that Agatha Christie too suffered from the disease at the end of her career.
posted by Sonny Jim on Nov 3, 2011 - 37 comments

Pat Summitt diagnosed with early onset dementia; will continue to coach Lady Vols

University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history (men or women) has been diagnosed with early onset dementia. Regardless, she plans to continue coaching the Lady Vols for the 2011-12 season.
posted by The Gooch on Aug 23, 2011 - 16 comments

"I'm open to joy. But I'm also more cynical"

Before anybody gets a heart attack, he aten't dead. The Guardian has a new interview with Terry Pratchett, talking about his writing and state of health. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Sep 3, 2010 - 46 comments

Terry Pratchett ready to be test case for suicide law

Sir Terry Pratchett, the popular comical fantasy author who in 2007 revealed that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, will present today his ideas about having a tribunal set up to help those with incurable diseases end their lives with help from doctors.
posted by Jeremy Banks on Feb 1, 2010 - 39 comments

"I live in hope I can jump before I am pushed."

Terry Pratchett: I'll die before the endgame
posted by Artw on Aug 3, 2009 - 74 comments

The Alzheimer's Project

The Alzheimer's Project. HBO is streaming online a four-part documentary on Alzheimer's Disease. The Memory Loss Tapes focuses on the experience of people who have the disease themselves, Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am? tells the stories of children whose grandparents have the disease, Momentum in Science looks at the state of research into the disease and advances in treatment, and Caregivers follows the sacrifices and joys of those who care for people with Alzheimer's. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 17, 2009 - 14 comments

Ow! My brain hurts!

How will Alzheimer's researchers ever reconcile this study and this study? Pardon me while I go find something to munch on while I ponder my options. [more inside]
posted by stonedcoldsober on Jan 28, 2009 - 27 comments

It started out with mom not knowing how to use the telephone and progressed from there.

New research suggests that low blood pressure is a symptom, not a cause, of Alzheimer's Disease. While the cause of the disease is still unknown, some research suggests stress exacerbates its progression. Also, the problem is growing across the globe. So, while you never forget the challenges and revelations of those living with the effects of Alzheimer's, try to laugh and smile a little more.
posted by Panjandrum on Oct 14, 2008 - 20 comments

Match it for Pratchett

Match It For Pratchett is a campaign to match Terry Pratchett's donation of $1 million (half a million pounds) to the UK charity, the Alzheimer’s Research Trust. Since they started on March 15, they've raised over $34k. [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam on Mar 18, 2008 - 11 comments

Terry Pratchett diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's

Terry Pratchett diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Turns out last month's stroke was a symptom of a greater illness. While there's still some time to go before we have to worry about Discworld substitutions, it has been a pretty tough year for fantasy authors. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Dec 12, 2007 - 113 comments

tales of music and the brain

Musicophilia. Metafilter's own digaman interviews Oliver Sacks on his forthcoming book and a lifetime's worth of loving music and studying its effects on the human mind. [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Sep 26, 2007 - 52 comments

Down syndrome and Alzheimer's

Down syndrome and Alzheimer's. People with Down syndrome are much more likely to develop Alzheimer's, and at a much earlier age: three-quarters of them will get it by the age of 65, compared with one-tenth of the general population. This Globe and Mail article looks at a relatively new phenomenon due, in no small part, to longer life expentancies among those with Down syndrome.
posted by mcwetboy on May 5, 2007 - 12 comments

Snoezelen

A snoezelen room is a multi-sensory environment that provides comfort for people with severe mental disabilities. They tend to incorporate a combination of visual, aural, and tactile stimulii, but can take many different forms. The rooms generally offer soothing, non-directive therapy, but the effects are hard to quantify. While mostly used with children, some think the snoezelen can help those with alzheimer's or dementia.
posted by jtajta on Mar 20, 2007 - 16 comments

Something advertorial

Sometimes the best of the web is just moments. Previously linked comic hitting harshly where it hurts.
posted by Sparx on Jan 28, 2006 - 41 comments

Could Alzheimer's be a form of diabetes?

Could Alzheimer's be a form of diabetes?
Well, I'm not looking forward to taking those insulin shots....via Medgadget
posted by lilboo on Nov 30, 2005 - 11 comments

Old men, take a look at their lives

I saw Assisted Living and asked, what if it was my grandmother on screen? It's funny, but troubling. Old people think they are talking to heaven on the telephone, and then there's the monkey scene. The director says, "if I made a porn movie and inserted images from the Alzheimer's ward into the film, it would be morally terrible." Some critics liked it, some didn't. Maybe bodily decrepitude isn't wisdom.
posted by oldleada on Mar 4, 2005 - 10 comments

Is there anything it can't do

It seems that marijuana may have yet another medicinal purpose. A recent study has shown that cannabinoids may slow the development of Alzheimer's. With so many states voting in medicinal and/or decriminalization laws, can legalization be that far away?
posted by Mr_Zero on Feb 23, 2005 - 38 comments

Big heads wobbling on wee necks?....

Nootropics ("smart" drugs) - all wish to be smarter, correct ? And - while exercise, nutrition, learning, travel, and social interaction (the last 3 via release of neurotrophins) effectively do this, Nootropic drugs have been researched since the 1950's and have been shown to cause at least short term cognitive function enhancement. Piracetam, the first of this drugs, shows promise in the treatment of Alzheimer's and Attention deficit Disorder. Alas, as with poor little Algernon, the effect seems temporary. Nootropics can be a little difficult to acquire in the US. Beer is not a nootropic, but sex on the other hand.....
posted by troutfishing on Mar 5, 2004 - 20 comments

Well, what about pain?...

No Brainer - I've eaten a lot of Tofu in my day and was concerned about "brain-shrink". Then I found about this, and stopped worrying - Is your brain really necessary? Apparently not:

"...The student in question was academically bright, had a reported IQ of 126 and was expected to graduate. When he was examined by CAT-scan, however, Lorber discovered that he had virtually no brain at all." I'm hungry...where's that tofu?...
posted by troutfishing on Jun 28, 2003 - 48 comments

Is soy safe?

Is soy safe? As an ardent herbivore, I was pretty shocked to learn that tofu can shrink your brain. In a major ongoing study involving 3,734 elderly Japanese-American men, those who ate the most tofu during midlife had up to 2.4 times the risk of later developing Alzheimer's disease. [...] higher midlife tofu consumption was also associated with low brain weight. (a dissenting opinion)

Could it be that little ole bean, found in over half of the food on supermarket shelves, is bad for you? [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie on Jun 27, 2003 - 37 comments

Prom, other activities jazz up life for Alzheimer's patients.

Prom for the young at heart. A Milwaukee woman raises awareness about Alzheimers using a high school theme and some creativity.
posted by Macboy on Apr 21, 2003 - 4 comments

Losing the memories of a life

Losing the memories of a life. A staff writer for the Washington Post Magazine tells what it's like to watch his mother slip away to the unknown world of Alzheimer's disease. There's a little bit about possible causes and the science of the disease, but mostly it's a very personal story, and it's stayed with me since I read it. Excerpt: "He changed the subject before the fury came. When she became angry or terribly disoriented, she sometimes told him he needed to go home; that her husband would be arriving soon, and that he better be gone. I am your husband, he would say, smiling. She would yell: Go. Go home."
posted by GaelFC on Jan 15, 2003 - 19 comments

Collective Memory

Collective Memory. A collection of sites which are creating collective memory on the web. A personal favourite is TimeSlips, a storytelling project with people with Alzheimer's.
posted by plep on Nov 15, 2002 - 5 comments

Holocaust survivors with Alzheimer's are forced to relive Auschwitz.

Holocaust survivors with Alzheimer's are forced to relive Auschwitz. "At Baycrest's Apotex Centre, Jewish Home for the Aged in Toronto, 50 per cent of patients with dementia are Holocaust survivors for whom the loss of short-term memory condemns them, once again, to the death camps."
posted by mcwetboy on Sep 21, 2002 - 20 comments

Charton Heston has symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's

Charton Heston has symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's But he plans to continue to hold the position of NRA President, at least until the dementia means he can no long aim effectively.
posted by djfiander on Aug 9, 2002 - 81 comments

New Starbucks Slogan: "For Your Health"....

New Starbucks Slogan: "For Your Health".... new research shows that three cups of coffee or more every day might reduce risk of alzheimers by 60%. I'm sure dedicated coffee drinkers really need another reason....
posted by LuxFX on Jul 15, 2002 - 14 comments

Alzheimer's gene screened out from newborn.

Alzheimer's gene screened out from newborn. Doctors successfully made sure that the mother's Alzheimer's gene wasn't inherited by her baby. This is big news for prospective parents with hereditary diseases.
posted by costas on Feb 27, 2002 - 16 comments

"Maybe all this is why I'm so tired of other white folks trying to sell me bullshit like: 'I don't have a racist bone in my body,' or 'I never notice color.' See, MawMaw would have said that too. And she would have meant well. And she would have been wrong."
posted by sudama on Mar 8, 2001 - 65 comments

Use MetaFilter to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Use MetaFilter to prevent Alzheimer's disease. It seems that a love of reading may help reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
People with more education, in contrast, seem at lower risk of Alzheimer's. A study presented Sunday of Swedish twins where one twin had Alzheimer's and the other was healthy suggests a love of reading [metafilter.com], as a child and adult, might be protective.

posted by DragonBoy on Jul 9, 2000 - 0 comments

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