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What are the signs of mild cognitive impairment?

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition where people have more memory or thinking problems compared to other people of the same age. The symptoms of MCI are not as severe as those of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. People with MCI can usually take care of themselves and carry out their normal daily activities.Continue reading “What are the signs of mild cognitive impairment?”

How to Exercise with Chronic Pain

When you have chronic pain, exercising safely may help with managing your pain. In fact, being inactive can sometimes lead to a cycle of more pain and loss of function. A few things to consider when starting exercise with chronic pain: Consider a combination of different exercises, focusing on endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Talk withContinue reading “How to Exercise with Chronic Pain”

End of Life: How to be There for a Person with Dementia

Dementia is a disease that causes the gradual loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning abilities, and eventually leads to death. However, even in the advanced stages of dementia, a person can benefit from emotional and spiritual help. Two different ways to support a person with dementia are through: Sensory connections: Targeting someone’s senses, including hearing, touch,Continue reading “End of Life: How to be There for a Person with Dementia”

Blocking Hormone Improves Alzheimer’s Symptoms; Direct Link Between Brain Inflammation, Neuron Death, & Cognitive Changes in Mice; and more

Check out the latest in aging advances, research, and events from NIA: NIA statement on CMS Medicare coverage policy for approved monoclonal antibodies directed against amyloid for the treatment of Alzheimer’s — Read a statement from NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. Blocking hormone improves Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice — An NIA-supported study found that a hormoneContinue reading “Blocking Hormone Improves Alzheimer’s Symptoms; Direct Link Between Brain Inflammation, Neuron Death, & Cognitive Changes in Mice; and more”

Looking for Help With Legal and Financial Planning?

Many people are unprepared to deal with the legal and financial consequences of a serious illness such as Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Legal and medical experts encourage people recently diagnosed with a serious illness — particularly one expected to cause mental and physical decline — to examine and update their financial and healthContinue reading “Looking for Help With Legal and Financial Planning?”