Caregiver Corner: Introducing a formal caregiver

Article originally published in the Summer 2019 Alzheimer’s Update Family members often ask us for tips on how to introduce a formal caregiver to their family member who has dementia. At some...

Confessions of a Research Junkie

Below is Ed Parker’s story about being a research participant. Reprinted with permission from 3550 magazine.  Article originally published in the Winter 2018 Alzheimer’s Update. Have you ever...

Caregiver Corner: Get by with a little help from friends

Article originally published in the Winter 2018 Alzheimer’s Update We sent our daughter off to college in August, and I’ve been reflecting on her schooling to date.  When she was in middle...

Luvaas grant expands Alzheimer’s research

Updated from an article originally published in the Winter 2018 Alzheimer’s Update Alzheimer’s Disease causes irreversible brain degeneration, taking with it the thinking skills and memories...

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A small bet, at the right time and place

I arrived at OHSU in 2013, a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Knight Cardiovascular Institute. I had just completed my...

The caregiver perspective: Jennifer’s story

My husband, Charles, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010. He was 65. Over the next six years, my role changed as his disease progressed: I went from supportive care partner to supportive...

Brain donation at OHSU

If a patient has a brain disease, usually the family will donate the brain for study after death for a couple of reasons. The first is to find out the final diagnosis. The second is to understand...

Caregiver Corner: Holiday travel tips

As the holidays approach, many of us look forward to traveling to visit friends and family. Many families ask me about traveling with family members with dementia. Here are my top tips. Plan...