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Early Warning Signs: Is a Change in Personality a Symptom of Alzheimer's?

Some early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease aren’t as obvious as others. While many people associate Alzheimer’s with forgetfulness and confusion, other signs of the disease are easier to overlook. A change in behavior is one.

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What Is Parkinson's Disease Dementia?

Actor Michael J. Fox has been on a mission to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and how it impacts an adult’s life. He was diagnosed with PD at just 29 years of age. Since then, he has shared his challenging journey through personal appearances and his work with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, which has helped many learn more about the condition.

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What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

When the topic of dementia is raised, most people think of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s does account for the majority of cases of dementia, but other types can also be life-altering for older adults and their families. One of them is Lewy body dementia (LBD).

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How to Talk with Friends and Family about a Loved One's Alzheimer's Diagnosis

When a senior loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can leave families feeling worried and overwhelmed. Even for spouses and adult children who knew the diagnosis was likely, having it confirmed can be heart-wrenching.

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How to Adapt Social Outings and Activities to Include a Friend Who Has Alzheimer's

When a senior family member or friend has Alzheimer’s disease, helping them continue to feel connected to their social circle is important. Some researchers even believe that socializing and staying as engaged as possible may help slow the progression of the disease.

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Protecting Dignity and Safety When a Senior Has Alzheimer's

Family caregiving can be a very rewarding experience. The role of caregiver gives loved ones an opportunity to bond and create memories. One aspect of caregiving that adult children and other family members struggle with, though, is personal care.

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Caring for the Caregiver Helps Protect the Health of a Senior with Dementia

Much has been written about the need for family caregivers to protect their own health, and for good reason. Caregivers are more likely than their non-caregiving peers to experience a wide range of health issues. These include back problems, high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety.

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How to Respond When a Senior with Alzheimer's Expresses Anger

If you are the caregiver for a friend or family member who has Alzheimer’s disease, one challenge you might encounter is what to do when they express anger. Loved ones are often intimidated by a sudden angry outburst or by escalating aggression. It can feel like the senior is deliberately being difficult.

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