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Although there’s a long way to go before Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are well understood, studies have shown that keeping the body and brain active throughout life may offer some protection. Happily, it’s not all work. Hobbies can be healthy. Read more →

Many people who carry the younger onset Alzheimer’s gene feel that there’s nothing they can do. This study holds out some hope. While there’s no guarantee that regular exercise will prevent the disease, Read more →

We're laughing at a situation that, if we examine it too closely, would simply bring more tears. Alzheimer's disease not only affects one's memory. It affects judgment as well as social filters. People with Alzheimer's are often extremely blunt, saying what they are feeling at the moment. Read more →

Can people find happiness – even joy – while living with dementia? That depends, of course, on one’s definition of happiness and joy. But I do believe that there can be satisfying moments for people with dementia and their caregivers. Read more →

Dear Carol: Six months ago, my husband was diagnosed with vascular dementia and soon after that with Alzheimer’s. I have health problems including osteoporosis. We’re in our late 70s. While my husband has always been a gentle man and would never have struck me, he now is, on occasion, abusive. I know that this is the disease and not him. Read more →

People don’t want to hear that they have dementia. Refusing to be examined assures that they won’t hear those words even though the reality is that living in denial can be counterproductive. Read more →

A memory box could include a piece of fabric from the past sprayed lightly with a favorite perfume or aftershave that was once worn by the person with memory issues. Fragrances worn by a spouse or parent can bring back memories, as well. Read more →