We’d like to share some of our favorite articles on the topics of assisted living, Alzheimer’s and aging.

Picking a Nursing Home Shouldn’t Be Trial and Error

By Jane E. Brody

“The important message to families: It’s not a sign of weakness — more likely a sign of strength — to move a loved one with advancing dementia to a nursing home. But it isn’t easy to find a place that offers the services and environment that the patient needs.”

Denmark’s ‘House Of Memories’ Re-Creates 1950s For Alzheimer’s Patients

By Sidsel Overgaard

“A living history museum usually conjures up images of butter churns and anvils. At Den Gamle By (The Old Town) Museum in Aarhus, Denmark, you’ll find all that. But tucked away in one corner of this museum, there’s also something different — an entire apartment straight out of the 1950s. The “House of Memories” is not usually open to the public, and it’s not aimed at schoolchildren sent to learn about a distant and exotic past. Rather, this exhibit is intended for visitors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. And the history they’ve come to experience is their own.”

Women’s Brains Appear More Vulnerable To Alzheimer’s Than Men’s

by Jon Hamilton

“There’s new evidence suggesting that women’s brains are especially vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease and other problems with memory and thinking.”

Julianne Moore: Alzheimer’s Makes Us Question ‘Our Essential Selves’

By NPR Staff

“‘It’s not like you have a disease and you disappear, you go away, and that’s it. There’s so many people who are living with this disease, you know, it’s a progressive disease. So it’s about how do you stay present? How do you stay with the people that you love? How do you keep the life going that you value?’”

As Aging Brain’s Internal Clock Fades, A New Timekeeper May Kick In

By Rae Ellen Bichell

“We all have a set of so-called clock genes that keep us on a 24-hour cycle. In the morning they wind us up, and at night they help us wind down. A study out Monday inProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those genes might beat to a different rhythm in older folks.”

Making Sense of Alzheimer’s at School

By Jenny Brundin

“Greg goes to a private school in Denver, Graland Country Day School, which has developed a multi-subject curriculum for seventh-graders focused around dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, in part because the disease is widespread in the U.S. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and it can be confusing to younger generations who may not understand what’s happening to their grandparents.”