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Alzheimer’s Deaths Spike During COVID Pandemic: Study

October 17, 2021

Alzheimer’s-related deaths increased by more than 16% during the COVID pandemic, compared to the average number over the last five years. The New York Daily News explains the challenges facing families affected by Alzheimer’s relating to COVID-19 and resources available to help caregivers.

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Creating a Long-Term Care Team

Volume 16, Number 1

Having a care team—even an informal one—is beneficial in the long run. Here are steps to know about building an effective team.

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See Inside the Dementia-Friendly Home Created by the Alzheimer’s Foundation

August 13, 2021

A specially created studio in AFA’s headquarters is designed to model ways to help people with dementia feel reassured, calmer, confident or safer.

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Changing Places

Volume 16, Number 1

When is the “right” time to move a family member to a care community? This article explains the factors families should consider.

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5 Common Misconceptions About Dementia

Volume 16, Number 1

Although Alzheimer’s and dementia are more common than ever before, many misconceptions still exist. This article details five of the most common myths and stereotypes followed by the truth.

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Why Can’t My Loved One See That They Need Help?

Volume 16, Number 1

It seems obvious to others when a loved one needs help. Why would a loved one not only refuse help but refuse to recognize that help is even needed? Or that there are self-care steps they need to take? One possibility is a medical condition called anosognosia, where individuals genuinely cannot recognize their own impairment. This article describes anosognosia and tips to help someone experiencing it.

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Take a Tour of This Dementia-Friendly Home Aiming to Help People With Alzheimer’s

July 16, 2021

Family caregivers often struggle with the idea of leaving their loved one with dementia home alone for safety reasons, yet want to help them preserve their independence to the greatest practical extent. This Today story explores a new “dementia-friendly” model apartment which shows caregivers how to make a home safer for someone with dementia.

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Latinos Have Greater Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s, But Less Likely to Get Help

July 10, 2021

Latinos are 50% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than non-Latino whites, yet they are far less likely to seek treatment or help. PBS Chicago explores why Latinos may be more susceptible to Alzheimer’s and steps they can take.

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Technology And Innovative Ideas At Center Of Alzheimer’s Foundation Of America’s New Dementia-Friendly Apartment

June 2, 2021

Virtually every aspect of a residence can play a role in the safety and quality of life for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. This CBS New York story highlights steps families can take to make a home safer and more dementia-friendly.

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Some war veterans are at higher risk for dementia. They and their families can learn more

May 30, 2021

Veterans may be at a higher risk for dementia based on their military experiences. A column in the Miami Herald discusses how veterans can, and should, be proactive about their brain health.

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What Kids With Aging Parents Should Know About Dementia

April 20, 2021

After Mark and Donnie Wahlberg announced the death of their mother, Alma, who suffered from dementia, experts want to help people with aging parents learn to spot early signs of the disease. This Good Morning America story highlights the warning signs of dementia and how to get a free memory screening.

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6 Steps to Reduce Caregiver Stress

April 4, 2021

Finding ways to manage and reduce stress is of paramount importance for every Alzheimer’s caregiver. Untreated stress can lead to physical, mental and emotional caregiver burnout. As part of National Stress Awareness Month (April), this article provides six steps caregivers can take to manage and reduce stress.

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Foundation Awards Grant to NYU Langone to Conduct Innovative Alzheimer’s Research

March 3, 2021

New efforts to expand Alzheimer’s research are under way on Long Island, and it’ll be utilizing a different approach than some others, using a $250,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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Don’t Overlook Alzheimer’s Affect on Eyesight

Volume 15, Number 4

Alzheimer’s impact on eyesight is a change that may be overlooked–changes that are different from normal changes in vision due to aging. This article explains impairments caregivers should watch for and ways they can help.

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Combatting Dementia Among Veterans

Volume 15, Number 4

Increased risk of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) make memory screenings even more important for veterans. This article details why.

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COVID Vaccine Advised for Alzheimer’s Patients, Their Caregivers

January 26, 2021

Individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers are urged to get the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they are able to do so, according to AFA’s Medical, Scientific and Memory Screening Advisory Board. This article explains why.

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Pandemic Isolation Detrimental to Those with Alzheimer’s

January 23, 2021

Staying active and engaged, both mentally and physically, during the COVID-19 pandemic is critically important for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their family caregivers. This story highlights how people can utilize free, daily therapeutic and activity programming for free through the AFA Teal Room.

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Don’t Put a Hold on Health

Volume 15, Number 4

Cognitive impairments, dementia and other health issues don’t go away because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article explains the importance of continuing to look after your overall health and how to use telehealth.

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Public Health Crisis: Loneliness in Older Adults

Volume 15, Number 4

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders and visitation restrictions dramatically increased the prevalence of loneliness among senior citizens. This article explores the issue and offers ways to combat this public health crisis.

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Brain Health: Get Memory Screenings

December 11, 2020

AFA President & CEO Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. shares the importance of memory screenings and early detection of memory problems.

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November 2, 2020

AFA shares things everyone should know about Alzheimer’s disease: it’s not a normal part of aging, early detection matters and lifestyle choices can make a difference.

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How to Talk to Children About a Relative Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

October 19, 2020

Chicago Tribune discusses AFA’s children’s book, Dancing With Granddad, a teaching tool to help adults explain Alzheimer’s disease to children, with AFA Board Member Luisa Echevarria.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Cognitive Test! Here’s Why Doctors Say You Should Get a Memory-and-Thinking Screening

October 9, 2020

AFA’s President & CEO Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. discusses why memory screenings are important for everyone.

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