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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.

Can Healthy Lifestyle Reduce Risk for Cognitive Decline?

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Can healthy lifestyle changes help to protect memory and thinking in aging adults who are at risk? We’re looking for people ages 60 – 79 to participate in the U.S. POINTER study to find out.


Time to Change Attitudes on Alzheimer’s – Neurologist with the Disease Explains Why

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.

After spending 25 years caring for Alzheimer’s patients Dr. Daniel Gibbs developed the disease himself. He’s now been living with it for at least 13 years, and he’s on a mission to spread an important message.


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