Therapy animals can provide comfort during illness and help speed recovery.
Persistent nervousness, worry and other anxiety symptoms can put you at risk of serious health problems. Take steps to ease your mind sooner rather than later.
Your loved one's sleep is important — and so is yours. Here's help getting a good night's sleep.
Coping and support
Is an adult day service right for your loved one? Get the facts about adult day services.
Celebrating the holidays with a loved one who has Alzheimer's? Consider your loved one's needs, but don't forget about your own.
So busy caring for a loved one that you fail to care for yourself? Try these tips for preserving your own health and well-being.
Long-distance caregiving requires careful planning. Understand what you can do to help your loved one from afar.
When Alzheimer's begins in middle age, misdiagnosis may be more likely. This rare form of Alzheimer's affects work, finances and family.
Lifestyle and home remedies
Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.
Are you caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease in your home? Find out how to help your loved one avoid accidents.
What role does genetics play in developing Alzheimer's? Are you at risk?
Take control of your mood and health. Explore the many depression treatment options and learn coping skills.
Diabetes may increase your risk of Alzheimer's. Reduce this risk by controlling your blood sugar. Diet and exercise can help.
Alzheimer's and depression have some similar symptoms. Proper treatment improves quality of life.
Alzheimer's disease can last more than a decade. See what types of behaviors are common in each of the stages as the disease progresses.
Tests and diagnosis
A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.
How is Alzheimer's diagnosed? Why is it important to get a diagnosis of memory problems?
MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.
An Alzheimer's diagnosis can have a ripple effect throughout the entire family. Consider ways to share the news of a loved one's illness.
Treatments and drugs
If your loved one has Alzheimer's, you probably have many questions — and limited time with his or her doctor. Here's help making the most of medical visits.
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