Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease

It is important to know that you are not alone in your battle against Alzheimer’s Disease or the many other cognitive impairments as we age. There are many community resources available to help you in your battle.

This month on Call the Doctor, our goal is to get you in touch with the resources throughout the region. We will share personal stories from those whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, and talk with a variety of local doctors, clinicians, and representatives from organizations prepared to help you in your battle.

To learn more about dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900 or click here


The Pennsylvania Aging & Disability Resources Center has a toll-free number to call for more information when dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. The number to call is 800-753-8827.


Episode 2: Support & Actions
Episode 1: Diagnosis & Resources
Insights from Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimers - Impact of Dementia on Pennsylvania

Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses dementia's impact on Pennsylvania

Alzheimer's - Research Advancements

Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses research advancements

Alzheimer's - Largest Funder of Nonprofit Research

Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses the association's status

Alzheimer's - Reasons for Hope

Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses reasons for hope

Alzheimer's - Legislation

Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses legislation

Alzheimer's Disease Support

7 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease (provided by our partners at NextAvenue)

The purpose of this list is to alert the public to the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.

If someone has several or even most of these symptoms, it does not mean they definitely have the disease.

It does mean they should be thoroughly examined by a medical specialist trained in evaluating memory disorders, or by a comprehensive memory disorder clinic, with an entire team of experts knowledgeable about memory problems.

  1. Asking the same question over and over again.
  2. Repeating the same story, word for word, again and again
  3. Forgetting how to cook, or how to make repairs, or how to play cards — activities that were previously done with ease and regularity.
  4. Losing one's ability to pay bills or balance one's checkbook.
  5. Getting lost in familiar surroundings, or misplacing household objects.
  6. Neglecting to bathe, or wearing the same clothes over and over again, while insisting that a bath has been taken or that the clothes are clean.
  7. Relying on someone else, like a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions they previously would have handled themselves.
From NPR Health

From NPR Health

Experimental Drug Provides New Approach To Fighting Alzheimer's

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A new experimental drug is designed to slow down Alzheimer's by protecting brain cells from toxins associated with the disease. That's a different approach from other Alzheimer's drugs, which have tried to eliminate those toxins.

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As A Father's Alzheimer's Progresses, Family Learns To Love Him As He Is

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As his disease advances, Greg O'Brien finds his personality shifting, too. "I know I can't go back to who I was before," he says. "I've got to learn to live with the new me."

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As Alzheimer's Symptoms Worsen, Hard Conversations About How To Die

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Six years after he was diagnosed with both cancer and Alzheimer's, Greg O'Brien is beginning to talk to his doctor, and to his family, about his "exit strategy" for the final years of his life.

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Treatment From Brain Tissue May Have Spread Alzheimer's Protein

Last Updated by Jon Hamilton on

Eight people who received growth hormone treatments made from human brains died decades later from a rare disease. Some also had brain damage similar to that seen in Alzheimer's, autopsies reveal.

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When Alzheimer's Steals Your Appetite, Remember To Laugh

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Fresh grilled swordfish now tastes like rolled newspapers to Greg O'Brien, an unexpected effect of his Alzheimer's. And shopping without a grocery list is futile. But summer barbecues are still sweet.

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From NextAvenue
Alzheimer's: Causes and Diagnosis

Alzheimer's: Causes and Diagnosis

Factors linked to Alzheimer's and how doctors diagnose the disease

Legal and Financial Planning for Those With Alzheimer's

Legal and Financial Planning for Those With Alzheimer's

How to help someone with Alzheimer's put their affairs in order

From PBS NewsHour
Alzheimer's Disease: Your Questions Answered

Alzheimer's Disease: Your Questions Answered

More than five million Americans now suffer from Alzheimer's disease and related...

Assessing Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Assessing Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

A new study shows that Americans spent as much as $215 billion on care for dementia...

Alzheimer's Disease: Signs, Symptoms and Planning

Alzheimer's Disease: Signs, Symptoms and Planning

Call the Doctor explores signs & symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease, and how to plan for it

Alzheimer's: Acceptance & Care

Alzheimer's: Acceptance & Care

Call the Doctor explores acceptance of Alzheimer's Disease, and how to care for it

Dr. Lauren Hazzouri

Image - hazzouri.jpgDr. Lauren Hazzouri graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a major in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she was an Evan Pugh Scholar.  She completed her Master of Arts degree in psychology and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Marywood University, Scranton.

Currently, Dr. Hazzouri is owner and Licensed Psychologist at Hazzouri Psychology, Scranton, where she treats a full range of emotional and behavioral difficulties that occur in various settings and completes full educational and psychological test batteries. Her research interests include attachment, unhealthy relationship patterns, self esteem, and addiction interaction. In addition, Dr. Hazzouri is on the public education committee of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Visit Dr. Lauren Hazzouri's website here


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