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Understanding the Blood Pressure-Dementia Link

New data suggests controlling hypertension has greater impact than diet and exercise

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Healthy Lifestyle May Reduce Dementia Risk

Eating right, exercising may overcome some genetic predisposition to the disease

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Dr. Oz Reveals His Mother Has Alzheimer's Disease

Well-known physician and television host says he 'missed the clues' of dementia

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Sleep Medication Linked to Dementia

Regular use may be harmful to brain health, new research says

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One Step Closer to a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s

Prototype shows promise in detecting one of the disease's major markers

    

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What's Behind Women's Increased Risk of Alzheimer's

Research shows how men's, women's brains may experience it differently

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AARP-Backed Investment Fund Aims for Dementia Drugs

Our $60 million contribution is fueling new clinical trials to slow or stop the disease

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Falling for Fraud Might Be An Early Sign of Alzheimer's

Study examines the link between scam susceptibility and dementia

Supporting Family Caregivers

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Need Help Caring For a Loved One With Dementia?

Our care guide offers tips and tools for the unique challenges of dementia caregiving

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Memory Cafes Offer Activities for People With Dementia

Meeting spots provide comfortable spaces for caregivers and their loved ones

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Don’t Go it Alone: Connect with Other Caregivers

Join our online community for advice, practical solutions or just a shoulder to cry on

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Filmmakers Capture Alzheimer's Stories

They found almost all patients, families experience stigma and isolation in the health care system

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Handling the Other Symptoms of Dementia

The challenge of treating things like sleeplessness and anger — for caregivers and doctors alike 

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Caregivers Confront the Stigma of Dementia

Help family and friends have better understanding of the illness

Video Spotlight

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Giving an African American Face to Alzheimer’s

Brian wants to raise awareness of the increased Alzheimer's risk for African Americans

Jane Krakowski Opens up About Her Father's Dementia

The actor hopes that her late father’s story will bring comfort to others and promote further research

Dementia Doesn’t Stop This Travel Enthusiast

Laurie is an avid adventurer fighting dementia. Find out how she overcomes everyday obstacles

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Does Your Doctor Ask to Test Your Memory?

Report finds fewer than half say cognitive assessment is standard for patients 65 and older

Exercising and Brain Health

Aerobic Exercise Boosts Brain Health 

Study shows improvements in adults at risk for dementia