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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”

NIA-Supported Research Shows Tooth Loss in Older Adults Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia

Older adults with tooth loss have a higher risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, and this risk increases with each missing tooth, recent NIA-supported research shows. Researchers led by a team at New York University analyzed results from several long-term studies on the link between tooth loss and the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia.Continue reading “NIA-Supported Research Shows Tooth Loss in Older Adults Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia”

Keeping Active With Dementia

If you are living with dementia, participating in activities you enjoy and getting exercise may help you feel better and maintain a healthy weight. Try these tips for a healthy and active lifestyle: Be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most or all days of the week. Aim for a mix of exerciseContinue reading “Keeping Active With Dementia”

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”

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”

Check out the NIA’s New Infographic: Different Types of Dementia

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning — thinking, remembering, and reasoning — to an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and everyday activities. There are several conditions that cause dementia, and a person’s symptoms can vary depending on the type. View the infographic to learn about the different types of dementia. YouContinue reading “Check out the NIA’s New Infographic: Different Types of Dementia”

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”