Meryl Comer – Guiding Her Husband Through Alzheimer’s

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. One of our speakers, Meryl Comer’s recent best-seller about dementia caregiving: “Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer’s,” was recently reviewed by Jane Gross, a retired reporter for The New York Times, and the originator of its blog “The New Old Age.”

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Ms. Gross highlights three major points of the book:
1.  Ms. Comer takes you down the black hole [of Alzheimer’s] where she has lived for 20 years, with no end in sight.

2. Ms. Comer argues persuasively that we can’t “age-proof our lives” and that this disease, “the dark side of longevity,” is a “looming health catastrophe” for us all.
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Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon – Darryle Pollack on Huffington Post

In a recent Huffington Post article, Darryle Pollack paid tribute to Barbie Ritzco who signed up to be a Marine, to be on the front lines fighting America’s battles, not on the front lines fighting breast cancer. In February 2011, she was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Breast Cancer, four months after being deployed to Afghanistan.

On September 26, 2014, cancer swallowed up Barbie Ritzco at age 39, cutting short a remarkable life. Her loss has hit hard. It’s hard to accept that even for the toughest and worthiest warriors, battle metaphors don’t quite fit the truths of cancer.

Barbie taught other truths of cancer along the way.
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8 Hours of Sleep May Not Be Ideal!

Is seven hours of sleep ideal? What about eight? There is a growing body of research that suggests the ideal amount of sleep may in fact be at the very low end of that range. A number of studies indicate that 7 hours—not 8—may be the most healthful amount of nightly sleep. Read Dr. Michael Breus blog, the most widely read sleep blog on the web, where he recently wrote that there is no broad consensus about this among sleep experts—but there’s an increasingly compelling case that’s being made by studies that for many people, 8 hours may be more sleep than they need, or than that’s healthy for them.
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