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Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Learn about new and featured studies below or search for clinical trials and studies near you with the Clinical Trials Finder New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details and contact information. Caregiving Cognitive Training and Exercise Drugs SpeechContinue reading “Volunteers Needed for Studies to Advance Dementia Research”

Tips For Avoiding Falls and Fractures

The risk of fall-related health issues rises as people age. If you fall and break a bone, it could lead to more serious problems, such as a hospital visit or disability. However, taking care of your overall health may lower your risk of falling. Here are a few tips to help you avoid falls andContinue reading “Tips For Avoiding Falls and Fractures”

How is Dementia Diagnosed and Treated?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of neurological conditions affecting the brain that get worse over time. It is the loss of the ability to think, remember, and reason to levels that affect daily life and activities. Different types of dementia can share similar symptoms — and a person can have moreContinue reading “How is Dementia Diagnosed and Treated?”

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: Explore more ways you can help with end-of-lifeContinue reading “End of Life: How to Be There for a Person With Dementia”

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?”

Happening Now: Woodson Regional Library’s “Love Your Heart” Workshop

Happening Today!!! Check out the Woodson Regional Library’s new program “Love Your Heart.” Held the first Friday of every month from 10 AM – 3 PM, this event will offer attendees free blood pressure screenings and educational workshops on heart health.

Lifestyle Changes that May Help Lower Your Risk for Dementia

Many factors may influence your risk of dementia, including your genes, environment, and lifestyle. You can’t change some factors, but as with many diseases, there may be steps you can take to help lower your risk of dementia. Consider incorporating these healthy behaviors into your lifestyle: Eat a healthy diet. Aim for a mix ofContinue reading “Lifestyle Changes that May Help Lower Your Risk for Dementia”

Loss of Smell Linked to Alzheimer’s Impairment and Biomarkers

A decline in sense of smell is connected to faster buildup of Alzheimer’s disease-related pathology seen in brain scans, according to new research by NIA scientists. This study focused on older adults who live outside of nursing homes; specifically, 364 participants from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), over an average period of aboutContinue reading “Loss of Smell Linked to Alzheimer’s Impairment and Biomarkers”