Links We Like-August 30, 2013

| By Jodi Horton

First, the bad news. There’s a looming caregiver crisis, and we don’t know what’s going to happen yet. Experts are predicting a shortage of caregivers by 2030. Read more: Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, report says

Now, the inspiring news. Being an Alzheimer’s caregiver is no easy task. Now imagine being a little kid trying to understand why Grams doesn’t recognize you. Max Wallack was six years old when his great-grandmother was diagnosed. The early experience with Alzheimer’s has inspired the rest of his life, and now the 17-year-old Boston University student is studying neuroscience and wants to pursue Alzheimer’s research. In the meantime, he founded a nonprofit that distributes puzzles to patients in nursing homes with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and he wrote a children’s book to teach little kids about Alzheimer’s. Read more: Great Grams inspires teen to hunt for Alzheimer’s cure

And finally, the feel-good, heart-melting news. The death of a loved one never comes easy, and it could not have been easy for this man, Fred Stobaugh, when his wife of nearly 73 years died. He wrote a song for his wife Lorraine after she died, even though he’d never written a song before. And then he entered into a local songwriting contest that he read about in the paper. The studio received his handwritten entry in the mail, and were so touched by Stobaugh’s story, they offered to record and produce the song for free. Read and watch more: Man, 96, enters song contest to pay tribute to love of his life

Editor’s note: There will be no Links We Like on Friday, September 6. It will return on Friday, September 13.

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