2013 ALTY Awards - Assisted Living Today
Best Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care Articles – 2013 ALTY Awards

Winning Article

The winner of the 2013 ALTY Award for “Best Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care Article” is:

Alzheimer’s Communication — Touching Foreheads and Kindnessby Bob DeMarco, The Alzheimer’s Reading Room

Congratulations to our winner, Bob DeMarco! You can grab a winner’s badge here.

Runner-Up Article

The Best Gift of All!by Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks

Congratulations to our runner-up as well. Nice work! Get your runner-up badge here.

Finalist Articles

And hats off to all the finalists as well, whose articles stood out from hundreds of blog posts in the senior care space.

Dementia in General…by Patricia Grace, via AginginPlace.com
Why Leave a 1400 Square-Foot House for a 40-Foot Sailboat? Read the Story, and You’ll Understandby Erica, Walk To End Alzheimer’s
United States Lags in Alzheimer’s Supportby Judith Graham, The New Old Age on NYTimes.com
How Books, Puzzles Might Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s by MyHealthNewsDaily staff

Congratulations to our finalists. Nice work! Finalists can get a finalist badge here.

Final Voting Results

Here’s a look at how all the blogs fared in the public voting.

  • Alzheimer’s Communication — Touching Foreheads and Kindness (40%, 12 Votes)
  • The Best Gift of All! (23%, 7 Votes)
  • Dementia in General… (17%, 5 Votes)
  • Why Leave a 1400 Square-Foot House for a 40-Foot Sailboat? (13%, 4 Votes)
  • United States Lags in Alzheimer’s Support (3%, 1 Votes)
  • How Books, Puzzles Might Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations again to the winner, the runner-up and all the ALTY finalists.

 


Nominated Article Descriptions

The following is a full list of all nominees for the 2013 ALTY Awards for the “Best Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care Articles” category.

Dementia in General…by Patricia Grace, via AginginPlace.com

It’s a broad title, but the meat of the article narrows down some ideas of prevention when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Using a whole-body approach, Patricia Grace connects the mind to the heart, the liver, the entire vascular system and more to show the relationship between a healthy overall lifestyle and a healthy brain. Alzheimer’s remains scary, but she provides good insight to wellness and prevention.

United States Lags in Alzheimer’s Supportby Judith Graham, The New Old Age on NYTimes.com

Alzheimer’s is not only an individual’s concern, but as our population ages, it’s a national concern. Caregiving costs, research, public policy–there are a multitude of reasons why our government needs to factor Alzheimer’s into the national plan. Judith Graham compares the U.S. to other countries who are developing strategies for dealing with a growing population of elderly residents, including Japan, Australia, France and Britain.

Alzheimer’s Communication — Touching Foreheads and Kindnessby Bob DeMarco, The Alzheimer’s Reading Room

The world needs more kindness, and Bob DeMarco, founder of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room shares a bit of his kindness in “Alzheimer’s Communication — Touching Foreheads and Kindness.” A learned technique from direct care of his mother with Alzheimer’s, he describes how he was able to combat the mean things his mother was saying with a positive and peaceful gesture.

How Books, Puzzles Might Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s by MyHealthNewsDaily staff

Like brushing the plaque off your teeth, researchers say that reading a book, doing a puzzle or engaging in other mental activities actually reduces the plaque in your brain. Cognitive activity helps to scrub away the harmful protein scientists have identified at beta-amyloid, linked to memory Alzheimer’s patients. Studies show a lifelong pattern of engagement is the best defense, though there’s no downside to picking up the habit later in life.

Why Leave a 1400 Square-Foot House for a 40-Foot Sailboat? Read the Story, and You’ll Understandby Erica, Walk To End Alzheimer’s

In a way, this is two blogs in one. Delivered with a very personal note, two sisters handle their mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s in different ways. They challenge their readers to think, “how do I want to live my life?” all the while advocating for Alzheimer’s support.

The Best Gift of All!by Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks

To some people’s chagrin, Lori La Bey has revised her take on what constitutes a holiday gift. No longer a present-giver, she feels that gratitude is the biggest gift a person can both give and receive. Prompted to this decision through her mother’s dementia, La Bey shares ways and reasons to be a giver of gratitude.

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