Patient, Family and Caregiver Resources

The resources provided on this website are designed for patients, family members, and caregivers who are seeking reliable information on daily issues associated with having memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or caring for a loved one with AD.  The materials provided are intended to be used in conjunction with advice provided by your medical care professional.  If someone you know is experiencing memory changes and is having trouble with activities that were previously easy, please consider scheduling an appointment for a memory diagnostic workup. A specialist with experience in memory disorders can evaluate your loved one and provide treatment and follow-up care as needed.

“It’s estimated that more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease — a devastating disease that causes people to lose memory, personality and even the ability to care for themselves.

Because baby boomers are living longer, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that number will triple by the year 2050 — however, researchers say they are confident that new diagnostic techniques and medications now in development will improve the quality of life for patients and their families.”

— Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Accent Health


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As you age, you may find yourself worrying about your memory. Where did I put those car keys? What time was my appointment? What was her name again? With more than 41 million Americans over the age of 65 in the United States, the question becomes how much (or, perhaps, what type) of memory loss is to be expected as one gets older and what should trigger a visit to the doctor.
Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory addresses these key concerns and more, such as…
· What are the signs that suggest your memory problems are more than just part of normal aging?
· Is it normal to have concerns about your memory?
· What are the markers of mild cognitive impairment, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases?
· How should you convey your memory concerns to your doctor?
· What can your doctor do to evaluate your memory?
· Which healthcare professional(s) should you see?
· What medicines, alternative therapies, diets, and exercises are available to improve your memory?
· Can crossword puzzles, computer brain-training games, memory aids, and strategies help strengthen your memory?
· What other resources are available when dealing with memory loss?

Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory is written in an easy-to-read yet comprehensive style, featuring clinical vignettes and character-based stories that provide real-life examples of how to successfully manage age-related memory loss.

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