Hosting the Holidays When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

You've always held a holiday party at your house, but now Mom has been diagnosed with dementia. Should you skip it this year?

Dementia Care the Musical Way

Music offers powerful emotional, intellectual and even physical benefits for people with memory loss. But experts caution that this therapy needs to be tailored to the person.

Six Reasons to Tell the Doctor About Memory Problems

Many seniors who notice problems with memory and thinking are inclined to downplay the situation. Here's why that's not a good idea.

Seven Stress-Busting Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.

Experts Say the Rate of Dementia Is Declining

The number of seniors living with Alzheimer's continues to climb—yet the percentage seems to be trending downward. What's behind this unexpected but welcome news?

Preserving Social Connections When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.

Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Ask: "Am I at Risk?"

Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."

Online Buzz: The Overall Benefits of Dance

Dancing offers physical, mental and social benefits, which makes it a great form of brain exercise.

Activities to Encourage Engagement in People With Dementia

Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?

Older and Wiser?

Online games go viral to help researchers dispel myths about aging brains.

Five Brain Health Reminders for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers do so much for their loved ones that they sometimes neglect their own health—and that could put them at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Mental Exercise Helps the Brain "Work Around" the Damage of Alzheimer's Disease

Brain imaging shows that despite the presence of physical changes normally associated with dementia, some people remain mentally sharp.

Online Buzz: Exercise Your Brain After Retirement

We've long heard that physical fitness contributes to improved overall health, but scientists are now proving that your brain needs its own fitness program, especially if you are retired or over 65. Neurobiologists use the term "neurobics" to describe the mental exercises that help prevent memory loss and sharpen brain function. Neurobics includes brainteasers, puzzles and other cognitive exercises.

Dementia and Its Costs Soar Worldwide

September is World Alzheimer's Month. Alzheimer's Disease International sponsors this recognition event to call attention to the global impact of Alzheimer's, which knows no boundaries.

Online Buzz: Peanut Butter May Help Detect Alzheimer's

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler may soon be a common tool for helping detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease. The Journal of the Neurological Sciences recently published a University of Florida study that used peanut butter to test for loss of smell in patients with suspect cognitive and memory impairment.

Berry Power!

Berry shortcake is a Fourth of July favorite. Did you know these delicious little fruits are full of health-protective nutrients?

Little-Known Type of Dementia Affects 1.3 Million Americans

The STARZ Channel series "Boss," starring actor Kelsey Grammer, was the first time many Americans had ever heard of Lewy body dementia. In his Golden Globe-winning performance, Grammer portrayed the fictional Mayor Tom Kane of Chicago, who was struggling with the effects of the disease.

Could Poor Sleep Rob You of Your Independence?

When you were a small child, you probably complained to your parents at bedtime: "Why do I have to go to sleep? It’s a waste of time!" Most of us spend about one-third of our life sleeping—but sleep remains a mystery to us. We don't think much about it until we encounter a sleep problem.

Does Forgetting Words Signify the Beginning of Alzheimer's Disease?

Has your memory failed you today, such as struggling to recall a word that's "on the tip of your tongue?" If so, you're not alone.