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What Is Dementia?

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Dementia is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory and thinking skills.

Lapses forced dementia nurse to face her own diagnosis

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Psychiatric nurse practitioner Kathleen O'Brien talks about her life after being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.

Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference

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A conference that unites people impacted by dementia for a day of education, information and support.

Live Well

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Take control of your health and wellness by focusing your energy on the aspects of your life you find most meaningful.

Vascular Dementia

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Mixed Dementia

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Make a Difference

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Resources

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Safety

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Safety is important for everyone, but the need for a comprehensive safety plan becomes vital as dementia progresses.

Know What to Expect

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Take an empowering first step by learning more about the changes you may experience, and what to do next to move forward with your life.

50 Activities

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Life After Diagnosis

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Learn how to get support and live your best life after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's.

Technology 101

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Check out this run-down of common tracking technologies and information about emerging trends.

Overcoming Stigma

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Favorite Links

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Web links related to Alzheimer's.

If you have Alzheimer's

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If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia, you are not alone.

Conferences & Seminars

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Join us at one of our upcoming conferences and seminars.

Care Consultations

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Helping you and your family develop a road map to navigate through the many thoughts, emotions, and questions you may have about memory loss and dementia.

Treatment Horizon

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A worldwide quest is under way to find new treatments to stop, slow or even prevent Alzheimer's.

Daughter uplifts mom with dementia through holidays

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Katherine Batchelor of Fairport, New York, cares for her mother Dorothy Kane who lives with vascular dementia.

Safety Services

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The Cleveland Area Chapter promotes the use of safety services as a way to maintain independence and peace of mind.

Challenging Conversations About Dementia

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An education program for healthcare professionals on November 14, 12 noon - 3:30 p.m. CME/CEU credits available.

Helping You

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Find local support groups, education programs, and resources.

Professionals

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Resources for professionals

Community Dementia Programs

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Programs for people with dementia and their care partners

Wellness Retreats

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Wellness retreats are held around the Hudson Valley for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Just Diagnosed

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Daily Care Plan

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Get tips on organizing the day, planning activities and creating a daily plan.

Food and Eating

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If eating and nutrition have become a challenge, try these strategies to simplify mealtime.

Bathing

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Read about ways to make bathing less difficult and safe for those with dementia.

I Have Alzheimer's

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You can live well with Alzheimer's by empowering yourself with the right information and resources.

I Have Alzheimer's

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You can live well with Alzheimer's by empowering yourself with the right information and resources.

If You Live Alone

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Suspicions and Delusions

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Suspicions and delusions — firmly held beliefs in things that are not real — may occur in middle- to late-stage Alzheimer's.

Activities

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Learn how to modify activities to enhance quality of life.

Anxiety and Agitation

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A person with dementia may become restless or upset in certain places when focused on specific details.

Plan for Your Future

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Putting legal, financial, and end-of-life plans in place is one of the most important steps you can take.

Art and Music

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Learn how music and art activities can provide enrichment and self-expression.

Working With the Doctor

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Learn how to plan ahead to get the most out of medical appointments.

First Responders

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Paramedics, police, firefighters and other emergency personnel responding to situations involving individuals living with dementia.

Dressing and Grooming

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Helping a person with dementia maintain his or her appearance can promote positive self-esteem.

Paying for Care

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A number of financial resources may be available to help cover costs of care.

Get Educated

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Prevention

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Promising research is under way to find a treatment for Alzheimer's, delay its onset and prevent it from developing.

In a Disaster

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Disaster situations can be especially confusing for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Here, you'll find tips on planning in a disaster.

Traveling

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Traveling with persons with Alzheimer's or other dementias requires planning. Get tips on how to travel safely with them.

Earlier Diagnosis

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What if we could diagnose Alzheimer's before symptoms started?

Glossary

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Abuse

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Those with Alzheimer's and other dementias are vulnerable to abuse and neglect. Learn types and signs of abuse and how to report an incident or concern.

Glossary

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Depression

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Identifying depression in someone with Alzheimer's can be difficult, since dementia can cause some of the same symptoms.

Dementia and Driving

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Guidance on driving safety related to dementia, vision & older drivers. Includes videos, tips & resources to help you deal with this difficult topic.

Professional Care Providers

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Professionals caring for individuals living with dementia in health care settings or long-term and community-based settings.

Helpline

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Our free 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance.

Helpline

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Our free 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance.

Publications

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Downloadable brochures, topic sheets and reports.

Publications

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Downloadable brochures, topic sheets and reports.

Clinical Trials

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Individuals with dementia, caregivers and healthy volunteers are all urgently needed to participate in research.

Clinical Trials

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Individuals with dementia, caregivers and healthy volunteers are all urgently needed to participate in research.

Clinical Trials

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Individuals with dementia, caregivers and healthy volunteers are all urgently needed to participate in research.

Clinical Trials

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Individuals with dementia, caregivers and healthy volunteers are all urgently needed to participate in research.

Reducing Stress

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Resolving Family Conflicts

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Dealing with Alzheimer's can bring out many strong emotions. Get strategies to help your family cope.

The Holidays and Alzheimer's

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With planning, your celebrations can still be happy, memorable occasions.

About TrialMatch

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Dementia Care Consortium

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Experts in dementia care provide insight and strategies for caregivers and professionals

Events

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The Mississippi Chapter participates in two signature fundraising events; The Longest Day and The Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together we will #ENDALZ

Family & Community Education

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Classes to learn more about dementia

Sleep Issues and Sundowning

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Like changes in memory and behavior, sleep changes somehow result from the impact of Alzheimer's on the brain.

OH-Cleveland

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Planning Ahead for Legal Matters

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While it's important for everyone to plan for the future, legal plans are especially important for a person with Alzheimer's.

Winston Flowers

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GIV Mobile

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Daily Care

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A person with dementia will eventually need assistance with daily living. Routines and activities can be adpated as needs change.

Management

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Home Safety

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Home safety is critical for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Learn about potential safety hazards and get home safety tips.

Repetition

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In most cases, a person with Alzheimer's is probably looking for comfort, security and familiarity when repeating information.

Communication and Alzheimer's

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Get strategies to help both you and the person with dementia communicate and connect.

Medical Tests

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From mental status testing to imaging, learn how Alzheimer's is diagnosed.

Why Get Checked?

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Read about the benefits of receiving an early diagnosis.

Research

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The Alzheimer's Association has been involved in every major advancement in Alzheimer's and dementia research since the 1980s.

Professional Researchers

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Scientists investigating the causes, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Professional Researchers

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Scientists investigating the causes, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Dental Care

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Read about how to help a person with dementia maintain good oral health.

MedicAlert + Safe Return

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Learn about our 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer's.

Aggression and Anger

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Aggressive behaviors can occur suddenly, with no apparent reason, or result from a frustrating situation.

Medicare

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Get the latest updates on Medicare coverage for Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Research and Progress

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This is a time of unprecedented promise in the race to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Research and Progress

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This is a time of unprecedented promise in the race to end Alzheimer’s disease.

Stages and Behaviors

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Learn about what to expect and what resources are available for each stage of Alzheimer's disease.

Incontinence

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Learn about causes and how to respond to this common issue in the later stages of Alzheimer's.

Community

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Legal Planning

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Helping You

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The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter has been serving Greater Houston and the Southeast Texas area for over thirty years.

Support for People with Dementia

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If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another dementia, you are not alone.

Support Group Facilitators

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Volunteer support group facilitators lead meetings for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or other dementia.

Support Groups

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Get the emotional support you need. Find a support group in your area.

Healthy Living

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Science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age.

Alzheimer's forums bring together community members and decision-makers

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The Alzheimer's Association, Rochester and Finger Lakes Region held two community forums on Alzheimer's, dementia and memory loss.

Research Funding

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Direct Connect Rapid Referral

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Physicians - help your patients connect with us.

Professional Education

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We are committed to helping professionals improve their knowledge and skills, build stronger teams and deliver better care to people with dementia.

Downloadable Resources

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Print and email are educational materials to your patients and caregivers.

Caregiver Stress

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Learn 10 symptoms of caregiver stress and get tips to avoid burnout.

News

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Care Training Resources

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Our free, online programs offer information and practical advice.

Home

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Journals

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Browse our leading, peer-reviewed journals.

Improving Care

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Health Care Professionals

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Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals caring for patients with Alzheimer’s or another dementia in a primary care or clinical setting.

Guidelines Index

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Care Planning

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Be a Healthy Caregiver

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Learn how to stay physically and emotionally strong.

Visiting Your Doctor

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Get questions to ask and learn what to expect at a visit for symptoms.

Programs and Support

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Our programs and services connect you with peers and professionals to help you live your best life for as long as possible.

Tax Deductions and Credits

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If you pay out-of-pocket care costs for a person with Alzheimer's, you may qualify for tax benefits.

Middle-Stage Caregiving

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During the middle stages of Alzheimer's, the person living with dementia will need a greater level of care.

Late-Stage Caregiving

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The late stage of Alzheimer's usually requires intensive care. As caregiver, your role focuses on preserving quality of life and dignity.

Early-Stage Caregiving

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Early-stage Alzheimer's and related dementia symptoms are mild and the main role of a caregiver is support.

Planning for Care Costs

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Learn about common care costs and financial documents you'll need.

Diagnosis

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Learn what to expect when visiting a doctor for symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Caregiver Health

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The best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is stay physically and emotionally strong.

Insurance

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Medicare, private insurance, or a group employee or retiree plan may provide coverage.

Changes to Your Relationship

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As Alzheimer's progresses, there are still ways to connect.

Early Stage Programs

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with early stage dementia or experiencing changes in memory, involvement in early stage programs can be very helpful.

Education

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The Alzheimer's Association offers a variety of education programs to increase knowledge and to support those facing Alzheimer's disease.

New statement to medical community demands a dignified diagnosis of dementia

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New statement to medical community demands a dignified diagnosis of dementia | Alzheimer's Association

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION AWARDS PRESTIGIOUS ZENITH FELLOWS GRANT TO SCIENTIST AT MCGOVERN MEDICAL SCH

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Professor of neurology at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston awarded a Zenith Fellows research grant.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION AWARDS PRESTIGIOUS ZENITH FELLOWS GRANT TO BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE SCIENT

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Dr. Joanna Jankowsky, associate professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, awarded a Zenith Fellows research grant.

Baylor College of Medicine experts present latest Alzheimer’s research

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Baylor College of Medicine co-hosted its annual “Update on Alzheimer’s Disease” in partnership with Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter

Helping You

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If you, or someone you love is experience Alzheimer's or a related dementia, the New Mexico Chapter is here to help. 1 (800) 272 3900.

In Brief News Sign Up

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Sign up to receive updates of the latest clinical guidelines, studies, resources and Alzheimer's news.

Conferences

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Medicare Part D Benefits

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Learn about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan and coverage for Alzheimer's medications.

Wandering

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Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it.

Wandering

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Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it.

Medicaid

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Learn about Medicaid eligibility and long-term care coverage.

Caregiving

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Caregiving

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Support Groups

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Support groups create a safe, confidential and supportive environment. Find a support group near you.

Conferences & Forums

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Learn the latest in Alzheimer's support services and education

Grief and Loss as Alzheimer's Progresses

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It's normal to have feelings of loss as your life is changed by Alzheimer's.

Funded Studies

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Search abstracts from studies funded through our grants program.

For Librarians

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Resources for librarians.

Online Catalog

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Search our collection.

How to Borrow

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Three easy ways to get materials.

Search Databases

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Find studies, articles, reports and other data.

Ask a Librarian

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Expert answers to your questions.

About the Library

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Learn how we can help you.

Go Mobile

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Useful library apps.

Resource Lists

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Chosen by our staff and reviewed by experts in the field.

Facts and Figures

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Learn how Alzheimer's and dementia impacts individuals, caregivers and the nation.

Residential Care

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Different types of facilities provide different levels of care, depending on the person's needs.

Adult Day Centers

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In-home Care

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In-home care allows a person with Alzheimer's to stay in a familiar environment. It also can be of great assistance to caregivers.

Caregiver Depression

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Learn about symptoms, treatment, coping tips and when to see a physician.

Brain Facts

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Stay Mentally and Socially Active

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Science suggests staying active, both mentally and socially, may support brain health.

End-of-Life Planning

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After diagnosis of Alzheimer's or other dementia, care and end-of-life planning can be difficult. Get facts on hospice, DNR and more to help you plan ahead.

China ADNI

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Japan ADNI

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Korea ADNI

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European ADNI

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Argentina ADNI

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Australia ADNI

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Biomarker Consortium

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A gathering of key researchers, clinicians, and industry, regulatory and government leaders in Alzheimer's disease.

Taiwan ADNI

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Virtual Library

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The Green-Field Library is the nation's oldest resource center devoted to knowledge about Alzheimer's.

Social Media Tools

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Social bookmarking and cataloging.

About WW-ADNI

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World Wide Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI)

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This global effort fosters collaboration and knowledge sharing among brain imaging researchers.

Classroom Education

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Join us at one of our upcoming free educational programs near you.

Diversity Outreach

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We seek to be inclusive of the millions of people currently affected by Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers and the communities in which they live.

CME Activities

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Stages of Alzheimer's

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Alzheimer's disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages.

Educational Programs

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Free to the community, class topics include general information about Alzheimer's disease, legal and financial concerns, and communication and behavior.

Legal Documents

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Learn about important legal documents, including guardianship, power of attorney and living wills.

Care Options

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Deciding on care can be a tough decision. We have information to help.

Memory Loss and Confusion

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Those with Alzheimer's may not remember familiar people, places or things in the later stages of the disease.

Brain Tour

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Early Alzheimer's in parent exacts heavy toll on young adult children

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In the News | Alzheimer's Association

Julianne Moore and her upcoming movie role about Alzheimer's

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In the News | Alzheimer's Association

Many with Alzheimer's never get the diagnosis

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In the News | Alzheimer's Association

Sandy's story: Fighting Alzheimer's

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In the News | Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Disease Falls More Heavily on Women Than on Men

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In the News | Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Association Mourns Death of Country Music Legend Glen Campbell

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In the News | Alzheimer's Association

Big Financial Costs a Part of Alzheimer's Toll on Families

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In the News | Alzheimer's Association

What Is Alzheimer's?

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Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

Respite Care

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Hospice Care

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Keep Up With Alzheimer’s News and Events

The first survivor of Alzheimer's is out there, but we won't get there without you.

Donate Now

Learn how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain.

Take the Brain Tour

Don't just hope for a cure. Help us find one. Volunteer for a clinical trial.

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