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Caregiver Stories: Tales from the Frontlines of Alzheimer’s and Dementia (A Call for Submissions)

If you’re a caregiver, even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you probably have a story to tell. You don’t have to tell your loved one’s whole history, just an anecdote, something that shows just a piece of who they are and how this disease affects them and those around them, especially the caregivers.

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Dementia – five natural things you can do right now to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

DEMENTIA symptoms include memory loss, confusion and swift mood changes. But, you can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life by following these five lifestyle tips.

Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms that are linked to ongoing brain function decline, according to the NHS.

Alzheimer’s disease is a […]

Crystal Noles: What not to say to someone with dementia

For somebody living with dementia, language and communication can become more difficult over time. How and when language problems develop will depend on the individual, as well as the type of dementia and the stage it is at. While the person living with the condition may have issues with recall or finding the right word, […]

Toy dolls offer therapy for Alzheimer’s patients

A new therapy is making a difference for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. The treatment is inexpensive and does not require drugs.

Nurse Angie Filipiak introduced doll therapy at SSM Health St. Clare-Fenton.

“The more life-like they look, the better,” Filipiak said. “Patients seem to take to that.”

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Should Your Aging Parent Move In With Your Family?

As a parent struggles to live independently, your generous first inclination is to open your home. “Come live with us, Mom,” or “We’ve got plenty of room, Dad,” is an offer many adult children make. It’s a loving gesture to help keep your parent safe and return at least some of the care that you […]

How to have the conversation about “taking the car keys away” from an aging parent

One of the biggest rites of passage into adulthood is getting your driver’s license!

Do you remember the stress and anxiety you felt when your teenagers began to drive? Were they ready? Could they handle all the steps for changing lanes? Were they likely to be distracted by peers and mobile devices?

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Number Of Americans With Alzheimer’s Expected To More Than Double By 2050

More and more families across America are seeing their loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease — 5.7 million Americans are currently living with the disease and that number is expected to increase to 14 million by 2050.

It’s an increase that health officials have expected for years, as the population continues to age.

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Alzheimer’s, dementia care costs continue to grow

For the second year in a row, the cost of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia will top a quarter of a trillion dollars. The $277-billion dollar cost, from new Alzheimer’s Association data, is an increase of nearly $20-billion dollars over last year.

And with an aging population, Alzheimer’s officials say the numbers are […]

Dementia symptoms: Six signs that could entitle you to a council tax exemption

DEMENTIA symptoms may appear slightly different from case to case and can massively impact on a person’s life. But did you know anyone with a “severe mental impairment” can receive a council tax discount or even an exemption? This is how you could become entitled.

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Vigorous exercise in middle age could help prevent dementia, study finds

A high level of physical fitness during middle age may significantly reduce the risk of dementia, new research suggests.

The findings, which were published this month in the scientific journal Neurology, showed that women with a high level of cardiovascular fitness during middle age had a nearly 90 percent lower risk of dementia than women […]