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University of Chicago Hosting Symposium on Healthy Aging, Thursday, October 20

NORC and the University of Chicago are hosting an upcoming all-day event on Thursday, October 20 in Hyde Park at the Chicago Theological Seminary: The Symposium on Healthy Aging. Registration is free. Drs. William Dale and Patricia Boyle will be keynote speakers, and there will also be three panels that cover cutting edge research onContinue reading “University of Chicago Hosting Symposium on Healthy Aging, Thursday, October 20”

Midlife Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels May be Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s disease

Previous studies have explored whether known risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adults 55 years and older — including diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol — are linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In this study, NIA-funded researchers found that abnormal cholesterol and glucose (or blood sugar) levels in people as young asContinue reading “Midlife Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Levels May be Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s disease”

RUSH Researchers Receive Grant to Study Dementia Therapy Device

Researchers at the RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center have been awarded a half million dollars in funding from the National Institute on Aging to help study a portable device aimed at providing emotional comfort to people with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias. The device, Memesto, allows caregivers, family and friends to record and schedule musicContinue reading RUSH Researchers Receive Grant to Study Dementia Therapy Device

Tips to Manage Forgetfulness

Many people worry about becoming forgetful as they age. Mild forgetfulness, such as losing things from time to time or missing a monthly payment, can be a normal part of aging. Consider these techniques to help manage forgetfulness and changes in memory: Find more tips to help manage forgetfulness.

What Types of Care are Available for a Person With Dementia?

A person with dementia will need more care as symptoms worsen over time. Problems with memory, thinking, and behavior often present challenges for those with dementia as well as for their family members. Whether the disease is in early or late stages, there are support systems, resources, and services that can help. Several different typesContinue reading “What Types of Care are Available for a Person With Dementia?”

What is Frontotemporal Dementia?

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), sometimes called frontotemporal disorders, is a rare form of dementia that tends to occur at a younger age than other dementias. About 60% of people with FTD are 45 to 64 years old. It is caused by a group of disorders that gradually damage the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes. This damageContinue reading “What is Frontotemporal Dementia?”

Extend the Healthy, Active Years of Life With These Tips

Many different factors influence healthy aging. Research in this area suggests that certain actions can help you manage your health, live as independently as possible, and maintain quality of life as you grow older. For example, try to: Find more steps you can take to promote healthy aging as you grow older.