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

From ‘liquid biopsies’ to precision medicine, these five developments will change cancer care in the next decade. Learn more.

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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

AARP Is Good for Your Brain Health

Take Control of Your Brain Health With Staying Sharp

Our program uses the latest science to help strengthen your brain and sharpen your memory

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Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: Which Is It?

How to understand the difference — and why it matters

Exercising and Brain Health

Aerobic Exercise Boosts Brain Health 

Study shows improvements in adults at risk for dementia

Scientist holding a petri dish with a brain scan illustrating research into dementia, alzheimers and other brain disorders.

The Next Wave of Brain Research

The Dementia Discovery Fund has already invested in 16 companies seeking new approaches


‘Outside the Box’ Alzheimer’s Research

New directions include diagnosis by eye scan, brain training and gene editing

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Government Funds 2 New Alzheimer's Research Centers

The National Institute on Aging plans to reinvigorate drug discovery efforts

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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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AARP's New Frontier: Finding a Cure for Dementia

Brain Health Fund invests $60 million in dementia and Alzheimer's disease research


Look to the Global Council on Brain Health for Trusted Info

Get the latest scientific insights about what older adults can do to maintain their brain health

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Migraines May Increase Risk for Alzheimer's

Study found significant association between history of migraines and the disease

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