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Does Alzheimer’s Disease Run in Your Family?

Did you know that Thanksgiving is also National Family Health History Day? Many people worry that if a family member has Alzheimer’s, then they will, too. Having a family history of Alzheimer’s disease does not mean that you will develop it. However, your chances of developing Alzheimer’s may be higher if you have certain genesContinue reading “Does Alzheimer’s Disease Run in Your Family?”

Video: How does Alzheimer’s Disease Change the Brain?

Scientists continue to unravel the complex brain changes involved in the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. It seems likely that changes in the brain may begin a decade or more before memory and other cognitive problems appear.  This four-minute video, How Alzheimer’s Changes the Brain, shows how Alzheimer’s affects the brain and looks at promisingContinue reading “Video: How does Alzheimer’s Disease Change the Brain?”

Exercising with Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias

Being active and getting exercise may help people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias maintain a healthy weight and have regular toilet and sleep habits. If you are a caregiver to a person with dementia, consider exercising together to make it more fun and help maintain your own physical and emotional health. Check out these tipsContinue reading “Exercising with Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias”

Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet

Dementia is the loss of thinking, remembering, reasoning, and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Read NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet to learn the basics and get answers to common questions. Fact sheetContinue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet”

Adapting activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease need to be active and do things they enjoy. Plan activities that the person with Alzheimer’s enjoys in your daily routine, and try to do them at a similar time each day. He or she can be a part of the activity or just watch. Here are some daily activities thatContinue reading “Adapting activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease”

Alzheimer’s disease and Down Syndrome

Alzheimer’s disease disproportionately affects individuals with Down syndrome. In fact, estimates suggest that 50% or more of people with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s disease as they age. Adults with Down syndrome typically begin to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in their 50s or 60s. Scientists are working hard to understand why people with DownContinue reading “Alzheimer’s disease and Down Syndrome”

Advance Planning Advice for People with Alzheimer’s

Are you or a loved one dealing with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis? Check out this advice from the National Institute on Aging to make sure appropriate legal and financial plans are in place: Start discussions early. The rate of decline differs for each person with Alzheimer’s disease, and his or her ability to be involved in planning will declineContinue reading “Advance Planning Advice for People with Alzheimer’s”