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A Family Caregiver’s Death Watch

This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post. Re-posted with Jacobs’ permission. You stare at me for a moment, then ask in a tentative, lowered voice as if already speaking of the departed, “How will my father’s Alzheimer’s disease kill him?” Shifting in your chair, you look away as if unsure you really want […]

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‘Silver Tsunami’ Sweeps U.S. As Dementia Rates Rise

BY DANIEL GAITAN | The nation is already facing negative effects from the “Silver Tsunami” – and it’s going to get worse. Currently, more than five million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. As the massive baby boomer population ages, the number of those facing cognitive decline will […]

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‘Dragonfly’ Explores Dementia

Art imitates life in female-led indie film BY DANIEL GAITAN | Some films are crafted for pure entertainment. “Dragonfly” wasn’t. The female-led indie drama explores the complicated relationship between a frustrated Chicago artist and her ailing mother, recently diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Viewers are extended a bit of insight into the cruel impacts […]

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Preparing For The Coming ‘Silver Tsunami’

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Aging nation lacks safety net, policies and workforce needed to care for millions of seniors There aren’t enough caregivers to care for the giant baby boomer population, according to Dr. Christopher Callahan. Callahan, the founding director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, has been named the 2016 recipient […]

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