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

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AARP-Backed Investment Fund Aims for Dementia Drugs

Our $60 million contribution is fueling new clinical trials

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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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New Report Pans Supplements for Brain Health

AARP collaborative council finds little value — but lots of expense — in would-be memory boosters

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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Older Adults With Cancer May Have Lower Brain Risk

Researchers find less cognitive decline both before and after cancer diagnosis


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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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Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: Which Is It?

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

N I H Director of the National Institute on Aging Doctor Richard Hodes

Dr. Richard J. Hodes Leads Federal Research on Dementia

What to know about the National Institutes of Health's point person

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

'How to Forget: A Daughter's Memoir' book cover and author Kate Mulgrew

Q&A: Kate Mulgrew on 'How to Forget: A Daughter's Memoir'

Actress details her emotional journey caring for ailing mother battling Alzheimer's

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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

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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