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Friendship helps protect against loneliness even when oldsters do not have dementia. It can be especially beneficial for those who do. sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.com

How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

A recent study finds that friends ought not let friends with dementia be lonely. The surprising part? Why staying friends is good for the friend without dementia as well as for the one who has it.
There are many processes that occur as a result of ‘wear and tear’ in the body. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What’s happening in our bodies as we age?

Cells and processes in our body have existed for longer and longer periods of time.
Hearing the same questions over and over again can be frustrating, but it’s important you stay calm – they’re not trying to annoy you. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Answering the same questions over and over: how to talk to people with dementia

If you care for or know someone with dementia, they've probably asked you “what are we doing today?” “who are you?” or “when are we going home?”
A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains. from www.shutterstock.com.au

How far off is a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?

Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.
President Obama awards a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt in 2012. Summit died June 28 from early-onset Alzheimer’s. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Early-onset Alzheimer’s: should you worry?

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most feared illnesses of people 60 and up. A rare type of Alzheimer's, called early-onset, can occur in people even younger. How can you tell if you are at risk?
Dementia can affect the ability to perform tasks such as dressing, showering and eating. from shutterstock.com

How Australians Die: cause #3 – dementia (Alzheimer’s)

Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia. As the population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to rise, as is the number of deaths from dementia.

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