Category: Dementia

The basics of heart health have been drilled into our brains: Eat less saturated fat. Keep moving. Know your “numbers” for cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI. But what about that brain itself? Although life expectancy has more than doubled since…

Post-Its had become an essential tool for Dale Rivard. As a veteran assistant state’s attorney in Grand Forks, N.D., Rivard found that he was increasingly relying on the sticky notes to track the multiple details associated with his job as…

Illustrator Nancy Carlson vividly remembers the spring day in 2007 when she simultaneously felt like “the happiest person in the world” while at the same time experiencing an odd sensation that everything was about to change. “My husband Barry was…

Faye Kirtley doesn’t appreciate it when store clerks talk down to her and act as if “I don’t know what I’m doing,” she said. “It’s embarrassing, and I don’t know why they think it’s okay to treat an older person…

A multimedia program first developed to help calm children with autism is now proving to be of great help to older adults with anxiety or dementia. Called “LifeMoves,” the sensorimotor program incorporates simple, gentle arm movements with soothing music. Participants…

Next Avenue published nearly 1,000 stories in 2018. Below are the 10 our visitors read the most. Discover something you might have missed or enjoy a previous favorite. Thank you for reading and supporting Next Avenue in 2018. We hope you’ll…

(Advances in science and public health are increasing longevity and enhancing the quality of life for people around the world. In this series of interviews with the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, 14 visionaries are revealing exciting…

(This article appeared previously on the Diverse Elders Coalition website.) “LGBT and Dementia,” a recently released report by the Alzheimer’s Association and SAGE, outlines the unique challenges facing LGBTQ older adults living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their caregivers.…

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