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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”

Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map

NADRC Webinar: Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map – State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Register for the Webinar The 2018-2023 Road Map is informed by four Essential Services of Public Health: Assure a competent workforce Monitor and evaluate Develop policies and mobilize partnerships Educate andContinue reading “Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map”

Does Alzheimer’s Run in Your Family

From the National Institute on Aging… Families have many things in common, including their genes, environment, and lifestyle. Together, these things may offer clues to diseases, like Alzheimer’s, that can run in a family. A doctor may ask the patient to make a family health history. A family health history can help a person knowContinue reading “Does Alzheimer’s Run in Your Family”

Evanston Library Memory Café

Please join the Evanston Library, SASI, and Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness for a Memory Café. Date:     Saturday, November 17 from 1pm until 3pm  Place:   Evanston Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL  Falcon Room–3rd Floor Memory Cafés are enrichment opportunities for persons on the memory loss spectrum and their care partners. Each event will be aContinue reading “Evanston Library Memory Café”

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”

Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map Release Webinars

The Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map (RM) for Dementia will be released October 18, 2018, through a series of webinars, as well as events/presentations at American Public Health Association and Gerontological Society of America Conferences. The Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map will be present on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website ( https://www.cdc.gov/aging/healthybrain/roadmap.htm)  and the Alzheimer’s Association’s websiteContinue reading “Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map Release Webinars”

What are biomarkers and how do they help detect dementia?

From the National Institute on Aging: Biomarkers are measures of what is happening inside the living body, shown by the results of laboratory and imaging tests. Biomarkers can help doctors and scientists diagnose diseases and health conditions, find health risks in a person, monitor responses to treatment, and see how a person’s disease or healthContinue reading “What are biomarkers and how do they help detect dementia?”

Arts Camp for Brain Health

Chicago’s leading hospitals and not-for-profit arts organizations are joining together to activate artists as healers, creating a day of arts programming for those with early-stage memory loss, diminished cognitive and neuro-motor function, and those who care for them.  Attached and below is information about upcoming Arts Camp for Brain Health programs at various locations acrossContinue reading “Arts Camp for Brain Health”

Caring of Caregivers Organically (CoCO): Health Study for Latinas Caring for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

When an individual faces Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia (ADRD), those who assume caregiver roles are also affected in the trajectory of providing care. Consequently, it is crucial to also consider the caregiver’s health and well-being as they may forgo their own health to maintain the health and well-being of their loved one with ADRD.Continue reading “Caring of Caregivers Organically (CoCO): Health Study for Latinas Caring for Family Members with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia”

Banking and Financial Services for a Dementia Friendly America

Dementia Friendly America is partnering with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition on a May 30 webinar, Banking and Financial Services for a Dementia Friendly America. The webinar will explore dementia-friendly banking research, tools and resources for fostering communities that effectively serve people living dementia, their families and care partners. A hallmark of a dementia-friendly community isContinue reading “Banking and Financial Services for a Dementia Friendly America”