Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

About Alzheimer's Disease: Living with Alzheimer's

Child's drawing with her grandparentAs 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 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.

Featured Research

The image of hands holding puzzle pieces shadowResearchers at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis conducted a study to examine short-term changes in depression and anxiety after receiving a dementia diagnosis. They found that for most people receiving a diagnosis of dementia does not prompt a strong negative reaction and may even provide relief because it explains symptoms and makes patients feel less helpless. Read more »