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Virtual reality may improve empathy and understanding for older adults with dementia

Virtual reality technology gives high school students greater insight into what it’s like to be Alfred — a 74-year-old African American man with suspected mild cognitive impairment (MCI), plus age-related vision and hearing loss, or Beatriz, a middle-aged Latina, as she progresses through the continuum of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The struggles of Alzheimer’s disease

Memory troubles can be fairly common after reaching a certain age, but when Alzheimer’s disease is mentioned as the possible culprit, the anxiety can be overwhelming.

In order to understand Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to consider its associated umbrella term, dementia, which has to do with memory loss caused by physical changes in the brain. […]

Providers to share dementia-care insights at new roundtable

Dementia care providers and thought leaders from across the country will share insights and advice Thursday in Chicago during a first-ever Dementia Care Provider Roundtable.

A major emphasis for participants will be facilitating implementation of the Alzheimer’s Association 2018 Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, which were released in January.

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Synthetic marijuana, bright lights could help dementia patients

Synthetic marijuana and brighter lights could help improve the lives of people with dementia, according to new research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago.

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are best known for the breakdown in cognitive abilities. But a host of other symptoms — including agitation, anxiety, depression, and insomnia […]

The Cost Of Caregiving: Meet The Millennials Taking A Second (Unpaid) Shift

At the tender age of 14, Angelina, an earnest and soft-spoken middle schooler, began caring for her mother, who suffered from a debilitating bone disease. Years later, upon graduating from high school, Angelina didn’t get to “go off to college.” She had to stay at home so she could care for her mother, who also […]

Tips for traveling with someone who has Alzheimer’s

If you’re planning to travel with someone who has Alzheimer’s, there are a few things you should consider.

First, your decision to travel and the planning depends on the stage of the disease.

“As the disease progresses, it gets more challenging to travel,” said Charles Fuschillo Jr., CEO of Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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Philanthropists Step Up With $109 Million For Alzheimer’s Research

Philanthropists nationwide answered the call to accelerate the pace of Alzheimer’s research by giving an unprecedented $109 million to the Alzheimer’s Association for research, it was announced today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC®) 2018 in Chicago. Private philanthropy has enabled the Association to increase the pace of innovative research funding commitments to $160 […]

ARK of SC provides support for Alzheimer caregivers

What does the ARK of SC do?

If you or someone you know is the caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia, take comfort in knowing that one of the most specialized support programs in the Lowcountry is ready to help. The ARK of SC provides hope and relief to […]

Opinion: Why dementia should be treated like all other NCDs

Dementia is one of many conditions within a very large group of noncommunicable diseases that, until recently, has not been given the focus it deserves within this cohort. There are an estimated 50 million people currently living with dementia and a new diagnosis of dementia globally every three seconds. The World Health Organization also states […]

Many Americans With Dementia Don’t Know They Have It: Study

Many older Americans with dementia don’t know they have the disease, a new study indicates.

A review of data from 585 Medicare recipients with probable dementia found nearly 6 out of 10 were either undiagnosed or unaware of their diagnosis.

Those who had less than a high school education, who went to medical visits alone […]