AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 16, 2021: Learn and Teach about Dementia

In this age of the internet where health information is everywhere, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine which information is credible among a sea of misinformation. This spring, the National Institute on Aging launched a new website, www.alzheimers.gov, to educate and support people whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It includes information for healthcare professionals like you, as well as information you can share with your patients and their family members.

The website is simple to navigate and provides information that users can trust. It includes:

  • Resources for health care providers, community and public health workers, and researchers
  • Information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Tips and resources for caregivers and people living with dementia
  • Updates on what the federal government is doing to address Alzheimer’s and related dementias
  • Clinical trials and studies that people with dementia can join to help advance ways to treat and prevent dementia

As healthcare professionals, we want to heal our patients. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease does not yet have a cure. But what we can do is learn, teach and encourage those who are living with it. The more that you and your colleagues know about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, the better you can care for your patients. You can teach them and their family members about the disease, what to expect, and what they can do to make things easier as it progresses. You can make a difference.

Have a great week!

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