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AARP Michigan Dementia and Brain Health Resource Page

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Information and Michigan-specific resources for individuals and families about brain health and living with dementia.

You can find a lot of information about dementia on the internet, and many helpful resources exist for individuals and families, often in your own community. However, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s why AARP developed this simple guide to help you and your family navigate the dementia care journey.

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Click here for a downloadable copy of the Michigan Dementia Resource Guide for Families.

Learn more about Demystifying Dementia and Brain Healthy Living, a presentation, also available for viewing here.

Warning signs of Dementia
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Learn the warning signs, symptoms and leading causes of dementia and where to find help if you're a family caregiver here.

What do you need to know about dementia?
Dementia is a general term describing a loss of cognitive and behavioral function in an adult that is severe enough to interfere with the person’s daily life and activities. Alzheimer's is one type of dementia. Learn more about dementia here.

How can you improve your brain health?
Regardless of our age, we can reduce the chance of
age-related diseases & optimize our chance of maintaining
cognitive health. Download this one-page document for tips.

Community Resource Finder

The Alzheimer’s Association & AARP Community Resource Finder is a comprehensive online tool to help individuals and families find dementia and aging-related services in their community. It is free to use and searchable by zip code. It includes a glossy of common terms, tip sheets to help guide decisions regarding providers and services, and links to online caregiver communities.

The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) is an independent collaborative, created to provide trusted information on how you can maintain and improve your brain health. Visit the website for the latest research and findings to improve brain health.

Led by AARP Michigan, the Alzheimer's Association Michigan, and the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Michigan Dementia Coalition is a group of organizations and individuals working together to improve quality of life for people living with dementia and their families. Visit the Michigan Dementia Coalition online to learn about ongoing efforts to make Michigan a "dementia capable" state.

Recent Events

Inside Dementia Minds
Originally aired on July 15, 2021.
What does it feel like to have dementia? Hear from people currently living with dementia who will share their experiences and tips for living well with dementia. What adjustments have they had to make? What does "brain fog" feel like? How can we fight back against stigma? The program is available with this link.


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Women and Brain Health: It's Time to Act.
Originally aired on December 3, 2020.
Why does Alzheimer’s disease affect more women than men? Are there things we can do to improve brain health for women?
Sarah Lenz Lock, Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health and other professionals in the field of women’s brain health and wellness joined us for a live virtual discussion. Watch the program with this link.

Presentations and resources referenced during this event include:

Women and Brain Health - It's Time to Act

Presentation by Sarah Lenz Lock
The Science Behind Gender Disparity in Dementia and Brain Health

Presentation by Dr. Kate Zhong
A Foundation of Wellbeing for Family Caregivers

Presentation by Laura Rice-Oeschger
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As referenced during the event, Chapter 4 of The XX Brain by Lisa Mosconi, PhD, discusses how hormones and menopause impact brain health.


Disrupting Disparities in Dementia & Brain Health.
Originally aired on October 1
An expert panel discussed racial & ethnic disparities in the prevalence of
dementia, stigma issues, access to services, social determinants of health.
Watch the program here, or view and/or download presentations from the experts.

Presentations shared during this event include:

Disrupting Disparities in Dementia & Brain Health

Presentation by Dr. Edna Andrews-Rose
Disrupting Disparities in Dementia & Brain Health

Presentation by Dr. Irving E. Vega
Dementia Care & Asian Americans

Presentation by Dr. Fei Sun


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