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People in the early stages of dementia should be supported to make as many decisions as possible to ensure their future care and support best matches what they would want. Care planning is an important conversation to have, and it should be an ongoing discussion. Proper planning can help to ensure that the wishes of the individual affected will be honored, and to provide peace of mind for loved ones during a difficult time.

Here are a few resources that can assist families with the advance care planning process:

American Bar Association Toolkit for Health Care Advance Planning >
This toolkit contains 9 separate documents, each designed to help you with a specific part of the advance health care planning process.

Advance Care Planning in Early Stage Dementia >
This comprehensive resource provides valuable insight and guidance on how to begin the process of advance care planning when you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia.

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The Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital is a world-wide leader in the fight against Alzheimer's. We are dedicated to developing breakthrough treatments for Alzheimer's disease through cutting-edge research into early detection and treatment.

Our research and future breakthroughs depend on the participation of people with normal memory who may be at risk for dementia and those who are already experiencing memory loss, as well as the support of committed community partners, supporters and volunteers.

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DIAN is currently enrolling study participants who are biological adult children of a parent who carries a genetic mutation known to cause a rare, early onset form of Alzheimer’s disease.


What This Past President of Alzheimer’s Association RI Wants You to Know

Susan Saccoccia-Olson and her father, pictured just a couple of months before his passing in 2018. Saccoccia-Olson lost both her father and her mother to Alzheimer’s disease.

Susan Saccoccia-Olson of Cranston, RI knows a lot about Alzheimer’s. She lost both her parents to the disease after spending 15 years as caregiver to them while also raising her own daughter; years when her own well-being was the last thing on her list.


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