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Proof that Positive Age Beliefs Can Protect Against Dementia

posted Fri, Feb 9, 2018   by PLOS ONE

A recent study now offers proof that positive age beliefs can have a substantial impact on a person’s risk of developing dementia. The study's results show a 50% reduced risk among older adults with a positive attitude toward aging compared to those with negative age beliefs. This statistic includes those who carry the ε4 variant of the APOE gene, which is one of the strongest known risk factors for the disease. These findings help make the case for implementing public health campaigns against ageism to combat negative age beliefs.

A Quest to Become Dementia-Friendly

posted Mon, Feb 5, 2018   by U.S. News & World Report

Many communities are looking for insight on becoming more accessible to people with dementia and their caregivers. This article from U.S. News & World Report looks at Minnesota's ACT on Alzheimer's, a model for those seeking to establish dementia- and Alzheimer's-friendly communities. Already adopted by a number of states across the country, the initiative seeks to equip communities with tools to accommodate residents with dementia. The article also looks at the impact of specific dementia-focused changes to public spaces in destigmatizing cognitive impairments, making the community more friendly to people of all abilities.

 

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