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Alzheimer's Disease Rarely Diagnosed Or Recognized In Indian Country

In Indian Country Alzheimer's is often not seen as a disease needing special treatment. Nicole Lomay travels to the Arizona tribes as community outreach representative for Banner Alzheimer's Institute.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Alzheimer's Caregivers

In honor of National Family Caregiver Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Jan Dougherty shares important insights about Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Self-absorbed millennials? Not the ones who are caregivers for their elders.

Nearly one-quarter of America’s adult caregivers are between 18 and 34, part of a rising generation expected to shoulder more responsibilities as their parents and grandparents age.

Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. We’ve collected essential resources on Alzheimer’s caregiving below, including information on taking care of yourself.

Memory Loss? What's Expected and What You Can Change

Explore a new report about normal cognitive aging and how to stay sharp as you age. Learn from researchers about ways you can strengthen your cognitive abilities.

Caregiver Wisdom

Becoming a caregiver for someone with dementia demands learning a new way to be with that person. At some point most caregivers encounter challenges resulting from the disease. This can be a difficult time in the caregiving experience. Many caregivers learn effective strategies and techniques to address these obstacles. The knowledge and expertise of implementing successful strategies and adaptations result in CAREGIVER WISDOM.

Men as Caregivers

When most people hear the word "caregiver," a woman usually comes to mind as the tasks of "caregiving" are often associated with the female gender. However, men are taking on caregiver roles in increasing numbers. About 45% of husbands provide care for wives with dementia while another 30% of sons are also involved in caregiving efforts. It is not uncommon to see brothers, in-laws and grandsons also providing care. However, most male caregivers say they feel unprepared to step into this role.

Millennials Can Change the Face of Alzheimer's

Jan Dougherty, director of Family and Community Services at BAI, shares how millennials can make a difference in the care of a loved one with Alzheimer's, especially to benefit the women who disproportionately fill the exhausting role of caregivers.

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Caring for Alzheimer’s: How Three Couples Cope

The Wall Street Journal interviews three caregivers of spouses suffering from Alzheimer's who share the physical and emotional toll as the disease progresses.

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Ask the Expert: Caregiving Cost

Our expert this month is Ronald C. Petersen, PhD, MD, Director of Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. An internationally recognized expert on Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Petersen is a member of the World Dementia Council. He also chairs the Advisory Committee on Research, Care and Services for the National Alzheimer's Project Act and serves on the Executive Committee of the Alzheimer's Prevention Registry.

Dear Dr. Petersen,

My wife and I have seen how Alzheimer's disease can financially drain families. The cost is alarming, especially when you consider that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's is expected to grow. What can we do as individuals, and as a nation, to increase research funding for Alzheimer's disease?

Sincerely,
Patrick