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Falls may be sign of future Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive decline

Cognitively normal older adults with evidence of early brain changes typical of Alzheimer’s disease fell more often than did their peers without these brain changes, a new study reported online in Neurology. The results suggest that declines in mobility may precede the symptoms of cognitive decline found in Alzheimer’s disease.

Understanding Memory Loss


What’s the difference between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory problems? Find out about memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and how to get help for serious memory loss.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease


Learn about Alzheimer's, a brain disease that causes memory loss and other symptoms. Find out when to see the doctor and what treatments are available.

2014-2015 Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report


Read about the latest Alzheimer’s and dementia research funded by NIA, part of NIH. The report describes advances in brain science and research collaboration.

Alzheimer’s Disease in People with Down Syndrome


Many people with Down syndrome develop Alzheimer’s when they get older. Learn about memory changes and other symptoms and participating in research.

Assessing Cognitive Impairment in Older Patients


Get practical information and tips for assessing patients with memory loss or other signs of cognitive impairment with brief, easy-to-use tools.

NIH-supported clinical trial finds antidepressant reduces Alzheimer’s agitation

NIH-funded researchers are testing interventions to alleviate psychiatric conditions and symptoms, such as agitation, that distress people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The goal is to identify treatments that are safer and more effective than the currently available antipsychotic drugs that are linked to increased risk for stroke and excessive sedation. Agitation, a syndrome that includes anxious, disruptive, or aggressive behavior, is common in the later stages of dementia and often leads to placing a loved one in residential care.

The Dementias


This NIH guide is an overview of research on Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, mixed dementia, CTE, frontotemporal disorders, Lewy body dementia, and more.

Latest NIH Alzheimer’s research progress report available

A new online report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) highlights recent progress in NIH-supported Alzheimer’s disease research.

Prepared annually by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH, the latest report -- 2011-2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Intensifying the Research Effort -- describes new investments and summarizes research in several areas:

Communication and Behavior Problems: Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Improve communication skills and manage sundowning and other behaviors with these resources for Alzheimer’s caregivers.

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