Many people are surprised to learn about the individuality of the Alzheimer’s or dementia journey. It varies tremendously from one person to the next simply because symptoms develop differently for everyone.
Each year, Healthline searches for blogs that beautifully and truthfully illustrate this range of perspectives from people living with or caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. We hope you’ll find these online resources educational, inspiring, and empowering.
Caregivers helping people living with Alzheimer’s will find accurate, relevant information designed to offer support and recognition for their role. This comprehensive blog features contributions from people who understand what it’s like to be a caregiver and serves as a resource for the entire Alzheimer’s community.
Primary caregivers for people living with early onset Alzheimer’s will find compassion, calm advice, and even humor on Linda Fisher’s blog. She began her online journal in 2008 following her husband’s diagnosis, when she assumed the role of primary caregiver. She continues to write about their experiences with insight and grace.
This personal and occasionally heart-wrenching blog documents one man’s experience with Lewy body dementia, which presents with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s. Since 2009, he’s written frankly about the changes to himself, his family, and his life, documenting the highs and lows and sharing details about medications and symptoms.
The staff at Elder Care at Home shares tips and advice for caregivers and those helping family members living with Alzheimer’s and other memory conditions. The information is thoughtful and relevant and includes tips designed to help caregivers manage their own mental health.
Lori La Bey’s personal experiences as a caregiver make her a valuable resource for others. Encouraging, assisting, and engaging those in need is the goal of Alzheimer’s Speaks, a platform designed to give back the voice that can be lost to the disease.
Sheri’s blog documents her life with her husband, who received a diagnosis of early onset dementia and frontal lobe dementia in 2008. She created a character, “Al,” to represent how Alzheimer’s has touched their lives, and her blog includes resources and products for other caregivers, as well as Sheri’s own poetry.
People searching for the most current information on Alzheimer’s disease prevention, treatment, and caregiving will find it here. The site offers free online courses for high school, college, and medical school students and neurology residents. These are designed to help users learn more about stages, diagnosis, and the latest research-backed ways to reduce risk through lifestyle changes and physical and cognitive activities.
Family caregivers will appreciate Kay Bransford’s grace and humor about what it’s like to care for her parents as they moved through varying stages of memory loss and dementia. She details how she solved practical issues — like accessing assets to pay for her parents’ care — and offers helpful advice gleaned from her own experiences.
Anyone looking for medical updates, research, networks, and a way to get involved in finding a cure will find this a valuable resource. Visitors can share their personal stories, sign a petition, contact lawmakers, learn about early detection, and much more.
The blog of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, the only charity solely focused on finding drugs for Alzheimer’s, is a useful place for anyone actively seeking advances and developments in the fight against this disease. Information on the blog includes details about clinical trials, personal stories, different types of dementia, and potential cures.
This is a valuable online resource for caregivers and others affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. The site is committed to sharing only the most accurate and useful information about these brain diseases. Topics vary from caregiver tips and relevant research to diagnosis and medications.
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Jessica has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. Following the birth of her first son, she left her advertising job to begin freelancing. Today, she writes, edits, and consults for a great group of steady and growing clients as a work-at-home mom of four, squeezing in a side gig as a fitness co-director for a martial arts academy. Between her busy home life and mix of clients from varied industries — like stand-up paddleboarding, energy bars, industrial real estate, and more — Jessica never gets bored.