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8 Frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. To learn more, explore answers to frequently asked questions below. What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Alzheimer’s disease isContinue reading “8 Frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease”

Living with Dementia: Four Tips for Everyday Tasks

As the symptoms of dementia get worse over time, even simple, everyday activities can become difficult. However, there are steps you can take to help manage these changes and make daily tasks easier. Consider these tips: Write down to-do lists, appointments, and events in a notebook or calendar. Set up automated bill payments or haveContinue reading “Living with Dementia: Four Tips for Everyday Tasks”

Activities to do with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease

It’s important to spend quality time with a family member or friend who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. This can help improve their quality of life and manage behavior changes that may come with the disease. It can also help grow and strengthen their connection to you. Shared activities are a great wayContinue reading “Activities to do with a Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s Disease”

New Funding Opportunities From NIA

Read about the latest NIA Funding Opportunities (published in December 2021) by clicking on the links below: PAR-22-077: NIA Renewal and Revision Cooperative Agreements in AD/ADRD Research (U54 Clinical Trial Optional) PAR-22-093: Research on Current Topics in Alzheimer’s Disease and Its Related Dementias (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) PAR-22-094: Research on Current Topics in Alzheimer’s DiseaseContinue reading “New Funding Opportunities From NIA”

State Representative Fights Dementia Stigma in Latino Community

Borrowed with permission from the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. Read the full story here. JANUARY 26, 2022 BY KATHERINE STEWART “Latino families do not call it what it is,” says State Representative Barbara Hernandez of the 83rd District. She says that many minority communities accept Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as a normal part of aging. “I would getContinue reading “State Representative Fights Dementia Stigma in Latino Community”

Alzheimer’s Disease May Be More Prevalent and Manifests Itself Differently Among African Americans

A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center reviews research that suggests that the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease among older African Americans may be two to three times greater than in the non-Hispanic white population and that they differ from the non-Hispanic white population in risk factors and disease manifestation. The studyContinue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease May Be More Prevalent and Manifests Itself Differently Among African Americans”

11 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It’s important to distinguish the facts from the myths, especially when it comes to finding information online. A few common myths about Alzheimer’s disease include: Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the same thing. Dementia refers to impaired memory, thinking, reasoning, and behavior,Continue reading “11 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease”

Check Out NIA’s Top 5 Healthy Aging Articles of 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, NIA invites you to explore some of the most popular health information topics from this past year: Four Types of Exercise Can Improve Your Health and Physical Ability — Research has shown that it’s important to get all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Each one hasContinue reading “Check Out NIA’s Top 5 Healthy Aging Articles of 2021”

Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren. It is important to talk to them about what is happening. How much and what kind of information to share depends on the child’s age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer’s. For Alzheimer’s books and other material,Continue reading “Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer’s Disease”

Get Help With Dementia Care

A person with dementia will need more care as their disease progresses due to changes in their memory, thinking, and behavior. It can be challenging for caregivers or family members to help manage these changes. Whether the disease is in its early or late stages, there are resources and services that can help! Types ofContinue reading “Get Help With Dementia Care”