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Alzheimer’s Association Program Explains Basics of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a progressive and fatal brain disease that is the most common form of dementia. In the United States alone, more than 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s and 16 million are serving as their unpaid caregivers.

The disease is a global crisis that […]

Handling Alzheimer’s or dementia around the holidays

How you handle your busy late-December plans can drastically change if someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. WBFO’s Nick Lippa talked with Western New York Alzheimer’s Association Care Consultation Director Katie Keith-Badeau to discuss some helpful tips on how to make the holiday season jolly for all.

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Virtual reality used to help people better understand those living with Alzheimer’s

Virtual reality is big in the gaming word. But now, the technology is being used to help better understand Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the World Health Organization, 50 million people around the world suffer from Alzheimer’s, and that number is growing rapidly. By 2050, it’s expected to double.

“It can be challenging, right? Because there […]

What you need to know about “Caregiver Burnout”

Caregivers play a vital role in helping seniors maintain their health and independence. Although caregiving is rewarding, its demands can have a negative effect on the health and well-being of the caregivers themselves–especially concerning emotional impact. For example, caregivers of stroke survivors and individuals with dementia are at higher risk for depression and anxiety disorders.

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Montana cares for Alzheimer’s families

Every day you hear about the growing epidemic of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. It wreaks havoc on all in its wake, ruthlessly claiming memories, abilities, relationships, resources and ultimately, lives. Research is underway, but as yet we have no way to prevent, treat or cure this disease, so it continues. And it grows […]

Senior Life: Promoting Senior Wellness: Dementia Friendly Holiday Traveling

Holiday lights, wood burning stoves and traditions are all things that remind us that the holiday season is upon us. This is also the time of year when most families make a point to gather together to celebrate. But for families of someone with dementia, this time of year can be challenging and stressful, even […]

Q&A: National aging expert talks about how to avoid developing dementia in old age

Even genetics aren’t set in stone when it comes to dementia, which is good news for America’s more than 46 million seniors ages 65 and older. Choices do make a difference, with nutrition, exercise and sleep all playing a role in healthy aging. And it’s never too late to start.

Dr. Timothy R. Jennings, board-certified […]

Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers: What you need to know

Peggy Lavender, 63, of Brookhaven, Georgia, knew her life would change when her husband, Jim, 66, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, but she never expected it to be this challenging.

Following Jim’s diagnosis in 2014, Lavender managed to balance her career as a fifth-grade teacher with caregiving responsibilities, but as her husband’s caregiving […]

Alzheimer’s Q&A: As a caregiver, how can I avoid the ‘holiday blues’?

The day-to-day responsibilities of Alzheimer’s caregiving can take its toll, and during the holidays, the range of emotions can run amuck and cause depression or “holiday blues.”

As a caregiver, you should be especially attentive in recognizing your own expectations for a perfect holiday, expectations that are often unrealistic.

You might find it difficult to […]

Holidays can be challenging for those with Alzheimer’s

For most people the holiday season is a joyous time to spend with family and friends. For the 94,000 people in Minnesota who live with Alzheimer’s, this time of year is different.

“During the holiday season people who suffer from Alzheimer’s go through a really challenging time,” said Kendra Lund, program manager of the […]