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Tips to Maintain Friendships

May 14, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

​Friendship and social interaction are an important aspect in every human being’s life, no matter the age. Dementia can be very socially isolating, so it is especially important to maintain a support system to prevent loneliness.

Public Health and Dementia

May 11, 2020 | Research

Public health has much to contribute to the fight against dementia. This article summarizes the strategies outlined by the CDC and Alzheimer’s Association designed to address dementia from a public health perspective.

Possible Connections Between Dementia and Diabetes

May 7, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Although there is no cure for dementia, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk for developing dementia. Research suggests that some chronic conditions can cause the risk of developing dementia to increase. One condition that has been studied in relation to dementia is diabetes.

Brain Donation and Dementia

What is brain donation, why does it matter for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and how can someone get involved? 

COVID-19 visitor policy and patients with dementia

April 22, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

Are any visitors for people with dementia allowed in hospitals or residential care facilities?

How to get dementia support and information from home

April 20, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

See all upcoming virtual events, classes, and activities for people with dementia, caregivers, and professionals.

Coordinating Care Services

April 16, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

​There are many dementia specialists in the West Michigan area that provide dementia services, but it is often hard to understand and coordinate all the available options. Care management services are one way to help with the overwhelming amount of information available.

Dementia, Advance Care Planning, and COVID-19

April 13, 2020 | Caregiver Resources

What is advance care planning, tips for completing a plan with someone who has dementia, and how to complete documents in the time of COVID-19 social distancing.

Board Member Profile - Katie Branch

April 8, 2020 | About RDAC

Katie Branch is the Director of the Simulation Center at Grand Valley State University.

Types of Dementia: Lewy Body Dementia

April 7, 2020 | Understanding Dementia

Lewy body dementia is a type of dementia in which abnormal proteins, called Lewy bodies deposit in the brain. The protein deposits cause areas of the brain to stop working correctly.