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Use the following articles and guides to help you make an informed decision. Please contact your Community Resource Consultant if you have questions.

The New Breed of Service Dog: Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients 

There are approximately 5.3 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and millions more with some other form of dementia. New advancements are being made every year in the medical field to treat these conditions medically, but there are also studies behind a new form of treatment that supports the perks a “doctor” of the four-legged kind provides.

Nutrition for Alzheimer’s Disease 

While no special diet is required for people with Alzheimer’s disease—unless they have another condition, such as diabetes or hypertension or high cholesterol , that requires diet monitoring—eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is extremely beneficial. With the proper diet, your body will work more efficiently, you’ll have more energy, and your medications will work properly. This article addresses the basics of good nutrition. Please consult your physician before making any changes to your diet.

Alzheimer’s Society: Exercise and Physical Activity 

Leading a physically active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people with dementia. Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition.

Alzheimer’s: How to Pay and Plan Ahead 

Last year, Alzheimer's cost Americans billions of dollars in paid and informal care — and that number is growing. It's important to build a sound financial and legal plan.

Arts and Crafts for People with Alzheimer's 

Caregiving for dementia patients requires a lot of patience, flexibility, and sticking to a scheduled routine. It’s not easy by a longshot, but helping a dementia patient feel more relaxed and less confused is important.

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Guide 

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families, that means taking the loved one into their own home.

Alzheimer's Disease and Disaster Preparedness 

We seem to hear more and more about nature's extremes—hurricanes, tornados, forest fires, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, and more. When they cause severe disruption and threaten many people, they are natural disasters. People with Alzheimer's disease can be especially vulnerable in disaster situations. Their impaired memory and reasoning may severely limit their ability to cope. For caregivers, it is important to have a disaster plan that incorporates the special needs of the person with Alzheimer's.

Sundowning Triggers Requires Adobe Reader

An overview of sundowning in seniors.

Six Things Seniors Can Do to Improve Memory 

"What was it I was looking for in the frigde?" "What was it I was supposed to get at the store?" "What's your name again?" Most of us have had to ask questions like this, and it seems to happen more often as we get older. We can't turn back our biological clock, but there are things Seniors can do to reduce their amount of forgetting.

Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss 

A trip to the hospital with a person who has memory loss or dementia can be stressful for both of you. This brochure from the Alzheimer's Association can relieve some of that stress by helping you prepare for both unexpected and planned hospital visits.

Free Comfort Care Guide by the Alzheimer's Association 

The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased offer this free resource, Encouraging Comfort Care: A Guide for Families of People with Dementia Living in Care Facilities. This 21-page booklet provides useful information to families and long-term care facilities personnel about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, particularly care issues related to the late and final stages.

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease Requires Adobe Reader

Early detection matters. Please review the following list from the Alzheimer's Association to determine whether you or your loved one needs help.

Warning Signs of Alzheimer's 

How to determine the difference between the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and normal behavior.

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