(NIA) As Americans live longer, more will develop dementia in their older years. New knowledge and techniques are helping doctors detect signs of the disease earlier than ever before. An earlier diagnosis gives people with the disease and their families more time to get the right treatment and to plan for the future.
More and more resources are available to help people with early-stage dementia cope with their feelings and the practical aspects of everyday life. The NIH organization,, the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center offers information about coping with dementia as a person with the disease or a caregiver; referrals to helpful organizations, support groups and services; and ways to get involved in research that may help others in the future.
If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you are not alone. Use available resources to help empower you to stay active in your care and decision making for as long as possible. Try to keep a positive outlook and to stay engaged in family and social activities, hobbies and pastimes, and creative interests that you can continue to enjoy. In doing so, you can take an active role in making the years ahead as rich and fulfilling as possible, despite the challenges.
- Commemorating people with Alzheimer’s disease: The Story Corps memory loss initiative
- Driving and dementia: Health professionals can play important role
- Earlier AD diagnosis creating demand for early-stage support groups
- Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers
- End-of-life legal instruments
- Legal and financial planning for the AD patient: How the health care team can help
- Taking technology home: Researchers test new methods to detect cognitive change
View videos and other resources from THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT, a collaborative effort of the National Institute on Aging/NIH and HBO Documentary Films.
- Alzheimer’s Disease in People with Down Syndrome
- Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know
- Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet
- Participating in Alzheimer’s Research: For Yourself and Future Generations
- Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet
- Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss
- Home Safety: Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips
- Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging
- Older Drivers
- What Happens Next?
- Protección en el hogar para las personas con la enfermedad de Alzheimer
National Institute on Aging