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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...

Researcher credits Tax Checkoff Grant for work/life flexibility

I am a (mostly) stay at home mom. I spend my days playing with my 15-month-old son while simultaneously keeping our house running. We go to the library, play at parks, listen to music, read books,...

CROET head, Photo by Aaron Bieleck, Ed Comm Photography

Year in review: The most popular “On the Brain” posts of 2017

As we welcome in 2018, here’s a look back at the ten most popular posts of 2017. 1. A strong neuroscience program is about to get stronger—meet leaders and researchers at the...

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...

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Caregiver Corner: 8 ways to reduce the stress of holiday meals

  Holiday meals can be very stressful for caregivers for persons with dementia. Here are some tips to keep the meals pleasant. 1. Tell your guests about the dementia diagnosis ahead of...

Understanding frontotemporal dementia

For the past 10 years, I have had the privilege of leading a support group for family caregivers of persons with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and related disorders. The group’s creation was...

Caregiver corner: Pleasant Events tool can aid overtaxed caregivers

A demoralizing effect of Alzheimer’s disease and similar dementias is the gradual loss of ability to engage in enjoyable and meaningful activities. This loss affects the whole family and can lead...