February is Black History Month — an important time to highlight the fact that African-Americans are twice as likely to develop dementia as whites and less likely to have a diagnosis. African-Americans are also greatly underrepresented in clinical trials, which are critical to finding methods of prevention, treatment and eventually, a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Home safety is a concern for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, especially during the winter months when increased time spent indoors can reveal new hazards. To assist, the Alzheimer’s Association® offers tips to make your home a safer environment:
Food is one of the special pleasures and traditions of the holiday season. But for those living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, holiday meals can also be an additional challenge. To help make these special gatherings enjoyable for all, the Alzheimer’s Association® offers the following tips:
November is National Family Caregivers Month, and this month — and every month — the Alzheimer’s Association® is committed to supporting caregivers with a range of resources.
The Alzheimer’s Association has chapters in communities nationwide, providing face-to-face support groups and educational programs for people living with the disease and their caregivers. To find a chapter near you, visit alz.org/findus.
Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Researchers are racing to accelerate progress and find methods of treatment and prevention. But without the participation of people like you, finding a cure is nearly impossible.
Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® is a free, clinical studies matching service for individuals living with dementia, caregivers and healthy volunteers. TrialMatch is easy to use ― it takes only minutes to create a confidential user profile. As a result, you’ll receive a customized list of studies that may be a match for you.
Risk factors for vascular disease (problems with blood circulation) — like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke-related dementia. Because Hispanics are more likely to have vascular disease, they may also be at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
Brain-Healthy lifestyle can help reduce risk for cognitive decline
While there is still no way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, research shows that key lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of cognitive decline. The Alzheimer’s Association® offers 10 Ways to Love Your Brain — tips that may reduce risk of cognitive decline.
For many, the fun of summer includes vacation travel and day trips. With planning and simple tips, people living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them can continue to enjoy traveling.
The disease advances over time, and travel plans should reflect this progression. Early on, someone may be able to fly independently with an airline escort to and from their gate. As needs change, a person may require wheelchair transport through an airport and the constant presence of a caregiver. The following tips can make traveling less stressful and more rewarding:
May brings Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate the women who inspire us. It’s also an opportunity to learn how Alzheimer’s disproportionately impacts women as people living with the disease and caregivers.
Women are at the center of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, almost two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s are women. Even more shocking: In her 60s, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk of developing the disease is one in six; for breast cancer it is one in 11.