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In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are ‘just winging it’ on potentially sensitive issues. (Shutterstock)

Seniors have a right to express their sexuality in long-term care homes, but staff need guidance

In the absence of guidelines or training regarding sexual expression in long-term care homes, most staff are 'just winging it' on potentially sensitive issues.
Isolation and segregation create and reinforce another kind of barrier to those with dementia: stigma. (Shutterstock)

How communities can fight the stigma that isolates people with dementia

'Dementia friendly' communities seek to support people with memory loss, recognize them as equals, celebrate their contributions and enable them to live with purpose in welcoming communities.
Currently, the only approved drugs for Alzheimer’s merely alleviate some of the symptoms — partially and temporarily — but do not stop the disease from progressing. (Shutterstock)

Why don’t we have a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?

It was first officially described 115 years ago, but we still do not have a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The human brain is extremely complex, and Alzheimer’s is its most complex disease.
A new study says African Americans with dementia carry a higher risk for COVID-19 than whites with dementia. kate_sept2004/Getty Images

Dementia patients are at greater risk for COVID-19, particularly African Americans and people with vascular dementia

Because dementia patients are more likely to acquire COVID-19, and because so many live in close-quarter facilities – like nursing homes – it's critical to vaccinate them as quickly as possible.
Air pollution exposure during mid to early life may be more important to developing Alzheimer’s disease than doctors realized. Cecilie Arcurs via Getty Images

Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here’s what we’re learning from brain scans

The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.
Continuing to engage in mental challenges keeps the brain from deteriorating in early retirement. Westend61/Getty Images

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

A study of a retirement program in China found that people who retired early suffered significant cognitive decline that put them at risk of early onset of dementia.

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