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Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term to refer to cognitive impairment of various types that interfere with a person’s day-to-day function. Researchers project that half of the adults over the age of 85 will be impacted by some form of dementia. In addition, a significant portion of the U.S. population will be affected by the disease either as a caregiver or a person with the diagnosis. To learn more about the different types of dementia, please review the Types of Dementia web page hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, please review the following:

The Alzheimer’s Association website has a library of videos available about Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Brain Research. Topics include: Alzheimer’s disease research, mild cognitive impairment, inside the brain, and much more.

Memory Loss and Aging

It should never be assumed that dementia is a normal part of aging and that once a person’s memory function declines nothing can be done to reverse it. Memory impairment can be related medication side effects, infections or stressful life even such as the death of a spouse. For more information, please review Forgetfulness: Knowing When To Ask For Help by the National Institute on Aging.

Caregiving

If you are the caregiver of a person with dementia, please visit our resource page for the caregivers of people with dementia.

Interested in reducing your risk of developing memory loss?

Please read New Year Challenge: Never Say ‘Senior Moment’ Again to learn more.

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