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Exercise: Being Active While Living with a Chronic Condition

Staying active and fit is essential, especially for those with a chronic condition such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, epilepsy or heart disease. Incorporating exercise into your daily routine not only strengthens your body and allows you to maintain an active lifestyle -- it also strengthens your mind.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s

When you’re a caregiver for a loved one with a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s hard to know what any given day will be like. Some days are better than others. Life is grand when your loved one is feeling strong and healthy, ready to take on the world. But the challenging days come hard and fast.

Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

In the beginning, increasing forgetfulness or mild confusion may be the noticeable first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. When experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s, some may notice that they are having abnormal difficulty arranging thoughts or remembering simple things.

The Alzheimer’s Association has outlined the warning signs and symptoms that are attributed to disease:

Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's 

Alzheimer's Caregivers -You Are Not Alone

Navigating the challenge of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be overwhelming and physically exhausting. The Alzheimer's Association offers support and a variety of resources that guide people caring for individuals living with Alzheimer's. 

TheAlzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline is available for clinical, emotional and financial support. Those that seek help will have the support of master-level clinicians on a wide range of topics, such as:  

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Improve Your Brain Health

Today, more than 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease. As we grow older, the development of Alzheimer’s may become a heightened concern, possibly more so if there is a known family history of the disease. 

While there is no guarantee to avoid an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the Alzheimer's Association 10 Ways to Love Your Brain can help reduce some risks:

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