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After being diagnosed with dementia, it's important to plan for the future as soon as possible

Preparing for Your Future After an Early Onset Dementia Diagnosis

A diagnosis of dementia can be devastating no matter your age. However, older adults, especially those over the age of 65, tend to be more aware of the possibility of dementia, and know that their risk statistically increases each year. But for younger adults, being diagnosed with dementia between the ages of 30 and 60 is not only upsetting—it can be outright shocking.

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By Julie Hayes | 03/15/2022

Age-friendly communities can help older adults live active, vibrant lives with local support

Advocating as a Caregiver for the Creation of Age-Friendly Communities

Creating age-friendly communities can be beneficial to the well-being of not only older adults, but also those who care for them, regardless of age. These communities can provide older adults with the means to age in place with the support of family and friend caregivers. As we care for loved ones, we can also be part of the movement to promote age-friendly communities and advocate for change.

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By Branka Primetica | 03/15/2022

A caregiver embracing her older loved one

Your Loved One Receives a Dementia Diagnosis: Now What?

You’ve worried, wondered, and second-guessed. You may be scared and nervous. Now you find yourself in the doctor’s office with your loved one. Following multiple assessments and a battery of tests, all things point to a diagnosis of dementia. Your emotions race everywhere. At first, you may be shocked or frightened – and maybe even a little relieved to have answers or explanations. Ultimately, even though you admit to having seen signs and symptoms for some time, the official diagnosis can leave you feeling unprepared and confused about what to do next.

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By Cathy Franz | 03/15/2022

The Financial Fatigue of Caregiving: When Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

This informative webinar is for family and friend caregivers or supporters of persons with dementia. This webinar discusses the effects caregiving has on your finances, and how to effectively manage your finances while balancing multiple responsibilities. We cover how to have difficult conversations about taking on the financial role of caring for a loved one, estate planning and how to make sure your loved ones are protected against financial exploitation.

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By Tiffany Taylor | 03/03/2022

A clock drawn by an older adult with numbers in the incorrect order. This suggests that the older adult may have dementia

What to Know About Dementia Screening and Assessment Tools

If you’re a family member, friend or caregiver who suspects a loved one might have dementia, it’s important to know about cognitive screening and assessment tools. Since there is no one biological marker or blood test to pinpoint dementia, cognitive tests help doctors evaluate the state of your loved one’s memory, recall, language recognition and ability to follow instructions. If you plan to bring your loved one to a doctor, a combination of tests may be used to screen your loved one for dementia. And, if you are hesitant to consult a doctor just yet, many of these tests include questions that you can try asking your loved one yourself to help you confirm your suspicions. 

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By Julie Hayes | 02/15/2022