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Are Latinos at Higher Risk for Alzheimer’s?

The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases for everyone with age. For Latinos—the fastest-growing group of older adults in the United States—some risk factors seem to matter more than for others. The National Institute on Aging supports studies to identify these risk factors—and use that information to improve Latinos’ odds against Alzheimer’s. Besides older age,Continue reading “Are Latinos at Higher Risk for Alzheimer’s?”

Read the Latest Aging and Alzheimer’s News from NIA

Looking for the latest updates on COVID-19? Visit to learn how to prepare and protect yourself and what to do if you get sick. Check out these articles for the latest in aging advances and research happening at the National Institute on Aging at NIH: Combination of healthy lifestyle traits may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk —Continue reading “Read the Latest Aging and Alzheimer’s News from NIA”

Safe Eating and Alzheimer’s Disease

In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, people’s eating habits usually don’t change. When changes do occur, living alone may not be safe anymore. Look for these signs to see if living alone is no longer safe for the person with Alzheimer’s: The person forgets to eat. Food has burned because it was left on theContinue reading “Safe Eating and Alzheimer’s Disease”

3 Steps For Finding Long-term Alzheimer’s Care

Sometimes you can no longer care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease at home. Choosing a long-term residential facility may seem overwhelming. Here are some steps you can take to make your search easier: Decide what care option might work best for you and your family member. Options include continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, groupContinue reading “3 Steps For Finding Long-term Alzheimer’s Care”

A Message from the NIA:

Help us shape the 2020 Dementia Care & Caregiving Summit Courtney Wallin, Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of the Director (OD).Elena Fazio, Health Scientist Administrator, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR). Millions of Americans and their caregivers are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias now, and that number will continue to grow. AsContinue reading “A Message from the NIA:”

Caregiver Tip: How to Create an Emergency Kit for Someone with Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s disease can be especially vulnerable during disasters like severe weather, fires, floods, earthquakes, and other emergency situations. Caregivers should prepare emergency kits and store them in a watertight container. A kit for a person with Alzheimer’s may include: Incontinence undergarments, wipes, and lotions Pillow, toy, or something the person can hold onto Favorite snacks andContinue reading “Caregiver Tip: How to Create an Emergency Kit for Someone with Alzheimer’s”

Planning activities for people with Alzheimer’s

Here is some information from the National Institute on Aging that may be of help. Doing things we enjoy gives us pleasure and adds meaning to our lives. People with Alzheimer’s disease need to be active and do things they enjoy, too. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble deciding what to do each day, whichContinue reading “Planning activities for people with Alzheimer’s”

New Website for Older Latino Adults with Cognitive Concerns and Caregivers

Below is a message from Yadira Montoya, MSPH, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center Here is information about a new bilingual resource that may be helpful for the Latino older adults and caregivers. Health professional who works with this population may also find the website useful as it lists events and blogContinue reading “New Website for Older Latino Adults with Cognitive Concerns and Caregivers”