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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”

Feeling lonely? These Simple Steps May Help You Feel More Connected

Everyone needs social connections to survive and thrive. As people age, they often find themselves spending more time alone. Loneliness and social isolation have been associated with higher rates of depression, a weakened immune system, heart disease, and an increased risk of dementia. However, there are things older adults can do to stay connected. WatchContinue reading “Feeling lonely? These Simple Steps May Help You Feel More Connected”

Alzheimer’s Disease in People With Down Syndrome

Many but not all people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s disease when they get older. People with Down syndrome are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, which carries a gene that produces a specific protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). Too much APP protein leads to a buildup of protein clumps called beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Disease in People With Down Syndrome”

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”

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”

Symptoms of Vascular Dementia

The second most common type of dementia diagnosis is vascular dementia. It’s caused by conditions that damage blood vessels in the brain and interrupt the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. As a result, symptoms can depend on the size, location, and number of damaged brain areas. People with vascular dementia may experience:Continue reading “Symptoms of Vascular Dementia”

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”