Ann Napoletan

About Ann Napoletan

As a freelance writer, Ann combines her passion for eldercare with her love of the written word. Having lost her mother to Alzheimer's Disease, she is a passionate advocate for research and awareness. Ann graduated with honors from Franklin University with a degree in Business Administration and works as a finance professional for a Fortune 500 company. Her interests include blogging, photography, reading, and travel.

Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials: Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials: Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

One of the biggest hurdles in the fight against Alzheimer’s and related dementias is finding willing participants for clinical trials. These studies are critical to developing viable treatments, but they obviously require dedicated subjects in order to move forward. It’s something I definitely think about – would I be willing to participate in a study […]

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National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s: What’s the Latest?

National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s: What’s the Latest?

The Department of Health & Human Services recently released their first major update to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. The Plan went into effect in May, setting a lofty national goal of effectively treating or preventing Alzheimer’s by the year 2025. 12 Month Progress Check of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s This […]

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The Power of Alzheimer’s: Turning Life Upside Down

The Power of Alzheimer’s: Turning Life Upside Down

When a family receives an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, life is never the same. Our worlds change dramatically, in ways not a single one of us can imagine until we’ve walked that path. When Alzheimer’s enters, we become different people, gaining an unexpectedly crystal clear perspective of just how fragile life is. Mom’s Story My mom retired […]

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After Alzheimer’s: Facing the Grief

After Alzheimer’s: Facing the Grief

There’s a fine edge to new grief, it severs nerves, disconnects reality and there’s mercy in a sharp blade. Only with time, as the edge wears, does the real ache begin. — Christopher Moore Warning: Sharp Turns Ahead Somewhere along the line, an article I read suggested that grieving might get more difficult before it gets […]

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Dementia and Wandering: How to Combat Wandering Worries

Dementia and Wandering: How to Combat Wandering Worries

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander at some point. Our first experiences came when Mom was still living independently; we were so bound and determined to keep her happy by allowing her to stay in her house that we narrowly escaped disaster several times. Dementia and Wandering Woes Fortunately […]

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Saying Goodbye: An Ongoing Process

Saying Goodbye: An Ongoing Process

One thing about Alzheimer’s is that it always keeps you guessing. Just when you think you have their triggers figured out, they change. Think you’ve got the agitation under control? Guess again. Sleep patterns? Rarely the same two nights in a row! Through the Years Perhaps appropriate then, that the single, solitary point I was […]

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Alzheimer’s Stages: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Alzheimer’s Stages: Looking Back, Looking Forward

“What if I see you, and I don’t know that you’re my daughter, and I don’t know that you love me?” “Then, I’ll tell you that I do, and you’ll believe me.” — Lisa Genova, Still Alice In the simplest of terms, Alzheimer’s alters lives. Forever. As I think about what life was like ten years […]

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Alzheimer’s Myths: They’re Already Gone

Alzheimer’s Myths: They’re Already Gone

The greatest impediment to communicating with people with Alzheimer’s disease is the illusion of knowledge that the person is already gone. — Michael Verde, founder of Memory Bridge. There seems to be this notion that people with advanced Alzheimer’s are nothing, but a shell of the person they once were. Even more tragic is the fact that […]

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