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New to Caregiving? Start Here.

Caregiving can be overwhelming for anyone. If you’re new to caregiving, take a deep breath, then tackle one task at a time. Consider these tips when getting started: Assess your loved one’s needs. Figure out what types of help the person you are caring for needs. Ask family members and friends to share caregiving tasks.Continue reading “New to Caregiving? Start Here.”

New Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the buildup of a protein called beta-amyloid, which forms sticky plaques on the brain and can cause brain cells to die. Testing for the presence of these amyloid plaques on the brain is an important part of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and research. A study, funded in part by NIA, found thatContinue reading “New Blood Test Can Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease”

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?”

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”

Cataract Removal Linked to a Reduction in Dementia Risk

An NIA-supported study found that undergoing cataract removal was associated with a lower risk of developing dementia among older adults. Researchers analyzed data from a subset of participants from the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. Participants were 65 years or older, dementia-free at the start of the study, and diagnosed with cataracts before theContinue reading “Cataract Removal Linked to a Reduction in Dementia Risk”

🎵“You gotta keep your head up” | Andy Grammer to Keynote MHA’s 2022 Annual Conference

Mental Health America (MHA) is excited to announce that multi-platinum pop artist Andy Grammer will take the main stage at our 2022 Annual Conference: Forward Together: Recovery, Healing, Hope, June 9-11. Andy Grammer has carved out a prolific pop presence with an impressive catalog of bona fide platinum hits — including “Honey, I’m Good,” “KeepContinue reading “🎵“You gotta keep your head up” | Andy Grammer to Keynote MHA’s 2022 Annual Conference”