The Best Alzheimer's Blogs of the Year

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  • Affected by Alzheimer’s

    Affected by Alzheimer’s

    Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people, including the people who have the disorder and the people who care for them intimately and professionally. The disease is associated with memory loss and neural and physical decline. But perhaps one of its most common symptoms is the feeling of deep isolation shared by people with the disease and their caregivers.

    The following blogs seek to eradicate this particularly cruel symptom. Read them regularly for the information and inspiration this difficult journey demands.

  • Alzheimer’s Reading Room

    Alzheimer’s Reading Room

    Alzheimer’s Reading Room is a one-stop resource that’s consistently voted the number one blog by notable outlets like The New York Times. Editor Bob DeMarco cared for his mother, Dotty, as she bravely fought Alzheimer’s in her final years. He continues to add to the more than 4,000 video and editorial items stored on the site. 

    Topics include just about anything that will help educate and support caregivers from those just beginning their care-journey to those who are more familiar with the course of the disease.

  • Alzheimer’s Front Row

    Alzheimer’s Front Row

    This companion site to Alzheimer’s Reading Room provides Bob DeMarco’s wisdom and wit on life with this difficult condition. Alzheimer’s Front Row touches on news and developments in the medical community. Its primary focus is the encouragement and support of caregivers and their loved ones.

    DeMarco includes inspirational videos of Dotty and the remarkable things she continued to do despite her diagnosis. The editor punctuates the site with quotes, such as: “There is no substitute for the love of a caregiver.”

  • About Alzheimer’s

    About Alzheimer’s

    About Alzheimer’s provides easy-to-read, up-to-date information on all aspects of this debilitating condition. Social worker Esther Heerema brings together news, analyses, and insights from her nearly two decades of work with patients and their families. 

    The blog features fresh information on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia like Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Parkinson’s disease. Heerema also responds to reader comments and questions.

  • Sharing My Life with Lewy Body Dementia

    Sharing My Life with Lewy Body Dementia

    Silverfox has reported on his experiences with LBD in simple, moving language since 2009. This diary isn’t just a record-keeping blog. It’s also a heartfelt and insightful look into the patient experience.  

    Where did his disease come from? Where will he and his wife of 36 years live as it progresses? And what will happen if he once again takes his poodle’s prescription medicine rather than his own? Join Silverfox as he explores these questions and more.

  • Alzheimer’s Care at Home

    Alzheimer’s Care at Home

    This blog believes patient care can — and perhaps should — be managed by keeping the person with Alzheimer’s at home for as long as possible. To that end, Alzheimer’s Care at Home offers plenty of resources.

    Training programs for caregivers include geriatric care management and Alzheimer’s/dementia-specific training. The blog provides additional information about services that support in-home care in the blog’s home state of Florida. You’ll also find information about telephone coaching for caregivers worldwide.

  • Early Onset

    Early Onset

    Blogger Linda Fisher is a long-time Alzheimer’s Association volunteer. For many years, she was also a committed caregiver for her husband. His diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s sent the couple into a spiral, but Fisher was determined that its only direction not be downward.

    Fisher applies good humor and excellent writing skills to her thoughts on the disease, loss, love, and therapeutic practices for caregivers and patients in Early Onset. Fisher has published many books and is a sought-after speaker throughout the Midwest. Her optimistic, caring tone is tonic to any reader.

  • Alzheimer’s Speaks

    Alzheimer’s Speaks

    So many patients decline into the silence of their disease. Alzheimer’s Speaks is committed to giving a voice to them and the people who love them. Blogger Lori La Bey writes with energy, enthusiasm, and experience. She compiles the latest Alzheimer’s news and medical developments, as well as moving stories of love undiminished by silence.

    La Bey’s regularly broadcast radio show, Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio, is stored on the site. And guest bloggers address the hurt and hope of the patient-caregiver experience. Check out this blog for a wide view of the personal and medical aspects of this devastating disease.

  • Memories from My Life

    Memories from My Life

    Get out your handkerchief. Memories from My Life will move you to tears with the depth of its love and commitment. Pat White has cared for her mother since an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2007 confirmed two years of concerns. 

    Several years ago, White created a poster as a memory aid for her mother. It displayed her mother’s full name and many pictures of special moments from the past. The poster collected such praise and attention from readers that White created a website where anyone can design their own “memory poster.” This kind of simple, yet generous act informs the touching tone of the blog.

  • Living in the Shadow of Alzheimer's

    Living in the Shadow of Alzheimer's

    Readers will enjoy Sherizeee on a daily basis. Pop by to read Sheri’s prolific posts about life with her husband, Bob, and his disease, “Al,” a new and unwanted visitor in their home.

    Sheri is upfront about the unpleasantness of Al coming between her and the love of her life. Loneliness is part of life for her, as it is for most Alzheimer’s caregivers. But Sheri never hesitates to count her blessings. She has the love and assistance of her two daughters and moments of sweetness with the man she won’t stop loving. 

  • Cleaning House Book

    Cleaning House Book

    A diagnosis of LBD includes Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, the proteins that are associated with Parkinson’s. This condition affects memory and mobility. Cleaning House Book offers a close view of the LBD patient and caregiver experience. 

    Joy Walker, who cares for her father, began blogging in 2009. The blog is a vast collection of information and personal insight on dementia and the caregiver’s role. It includes plenty of helpful resources and news information, and it is a must-read for the next generation of caregivers.

  • Minding Our Elders

    Minding Our Elders

    Minding Our Elders focuses on best practices in professional and personal caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients. Topics include thoughtful information on difficult subjects like when it becomes necessary to consider a care facility. Some are more difficult, like when to engage hospice services.

    Blogger Carol Bradley Bursack is a noted author of the book “Minding Our Elders.” She has also written numerous articles on Alzheimer’s, dementia, and caregiving. Her blog provides a confident, caring voice for patients and the people who love them.

  • Helping Parents Age Well

    Helping Parents Age Well

    Helping Parents Age Well isn’t just about helping our parents. The information and insight in these pages is useful to anyone who anticipates living beyond midlife. Key thoughts like “Will these actions I’m about to undertake empower or diminish?” and “Does the quick fix harm later goals?” inform all of blogger Susan’s writing. Her focus on values and long-term solutions makes for a good life-coaching guide and regular reading.

  • Alz.org

    Alz.org

    The main site of the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org presents helpful information in a regularly updated, blog-like format. The education and resources section includes everything you need to know about diagnosis, clinical trials, and caregiving tips by stages of the disease. Daily news on medical breakthroughs, health policy, fundraising information, and job and volunteer opportunities are also addressed. Patients and caregivers alike will get meaningful help from this complete site.

  • Alzheimer’s Weekly

    Alzheimer’s Weekly

    Videos are especially prominent in Alzheimer’s Weekly's collection of personal and professional information. And the word “weekly” is not entirely accurate. Every page contains much more than a week’s worth of good insight. 

    Blog editor P. Berger is determined to help patients and caregivers maintain their dignity. That commitment has driven the blog for six years. Check it out for moving short films like “Son, What Is That?” and for tips in video form like “Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down!” The blog also includes details on healthy eating and the kinds of diets that might support better brain function.

  • Truthful Kindness

    Truthful Kindness

    Some people say truth and kindness is important, but one woman changed her legal name to Truthful Loving Kindness to remind herself and others of their importance. At Truthful Kindness, Tru, a California woman in her mid-50s, documents her journey with dementia symptoms. She’s a speaker and advocate, particularly about the impact of service and therapy animals for people with dementia. If you’re also an animal lover — dogs, birds, it doesn’t matter — you’ll want to follow Tru’s writings.

  • The Long and Winding Road

    The Long and Winding Road

    Alzheimer’s affects more than just the patient, and Ann Napoletan knows it all too well. She cared for her mother as she battled the disease, and she has since become a fierce advocate for caregivers. She offers advice and resources for others caring for someone with Alzheimer’s on her blog, The Long and Winding Road. Since her mother passed in 2012, she started volunteering with others who have dementia. She’s also contributed to numerous publications about the disease and guides her followers to important up-to-date information regarding Alzheimer’s.

  • Creating Memories

    Creating Memories

    Kris from Athens, Georgia, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when she was 46 years old. Nearly 15 years later, she remains a model example of how the condition can change your life but certainly doesn’t put it on hold. Through her blog, Creating Memories, you can read how she fights back against her disease with optimism and a lust for life. As her faithful readers know, she highly recommends the book “Still Alice” as well as the film of the same title. 

  • Dementia Diaries

    Dementia Diaries

    Semantic dementia is different from Alzheimer’s, and when Cassandra Jones’ mother was diagnosed with it in 2012, she found there wasn’t that much information available. Dementia Diaries is Cassandra’s means of helping others who are patients or caregivers of people with dementia, especially those affected by frontotemporal dementia. Her posts examine all facets of living with dementia. Cassandra also formed the DEANA Foundation, which awards grants to help families pay the costs of caregiving for their loved ones with dementia.

  • Taking Good Care

    Taking Good Care

    Alzheimer’s. Dementia. Memory loss. These are haunting words for patients and the people who love them. The shock of hearing them may never wear off, but having the best resources at hand is critical. Each of these blogs is governed and guided by writers and researchers who care deeply about the fate of people with Alzheimer’s, whom they’ve devoted their lives to helping. Read and be comforted: You are not alone.

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