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Dementia: Signs, Symptoms, Stages & Treatment Skip to content

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Don't Be Taken In by Dementia 'Pseudomedicine'

How to spot the flimsy science behind things like 'memory-saving' supplements

Mature couple sleeping, right before waking up. Woman looks stressed.

Study Links Sleep Apnea and Signs of Alzheimer’s 

Do you stop breathing while you sleep? You may be at greater risk

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Is It Alzheimer's Disease ... or LATE?

How the just-defined brain disorder that mimics Alzheimer's could be key to treating both one day

Doctor and Patient

Americans Nearing Senior Years Worry About Dementia

But most don't ask doctors for best ways to maintain brain health, poll finds

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Falling for Fraud Might Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's

Study finds link between scam susceptibility and dementia

    

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Treatment Options: Why Early Diagnosis is Key

There's no cure and current medicines are limited, but researchers believe they could work better

Doctor and mature patient talking and looking at a digital tablet.

Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: Which Is It?

How to understand the difference -- and why it is so important

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Study Links Midlife Activity Levels to Future Dementia Risk

Physical and mental engagement in your 40s may protect the brain decades later

Supporting Family Caregivers

Hands of a male caregiver providing medication to someone.

Need Help Caring For a Loved One With Dementia?

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

Changing Roles Caregiving, Veney Family

"There’s not one thing wrong with my mother but dementia"

A daughter makes sure her mother stays active and engaged

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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

Changing Roles Caregiving, Garcia Family

"I’m not sure how I do it all while having a full-time job”

A young mother works and takes care of her mother’s basic needs

Young woman consoling depressed mature woman.

Handling the Other Symptoms of Dementia

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

Changing Roles Caregiving, Smalls Family

"Knowing that I’m doing what I can makes me feel good"

Keeping track of the little things is a big job for one caregiver

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

Staying Sharp

AARP Is Good for Your Brain Health

Take Control of Your Brain Health With Staying Sharp

Use the latest science to help protect and strengthen your brain, and sharpen your memory and focus

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Bring on the Veggies! Eating Healthy is Good for Your Brain

AARP Global Council on Brain Health finds that nutrition and mental sharpness go hand in hand

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New Blood Pressure Tipping Point for Dementia

Research shows lower systolic blood pressure helps preserve your brain

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