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Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (CADRD)
Alzheimer’s Association
Caregiver resources, support groups, and information and educational opportunities about AD
Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation
Information and resources about AD for patients and families.
National Institute on Aging/National Institute of Health
Excellent overview of AD
The AlzRisk Database & Alzheimer Research Forum
Comprehensive collection of epidemiologic reports that evaluate environmental (that is, non-genetic) risk factors for AD in well defined study populations.  Includes exclusive short films from “The Alzheimer’s Project,” sponsored by HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.
Music and Memory (not-for-profit organization)
Information for family caregivers, nursing home staff and other elder care professionals to help persons with AD or other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories.  Note: Be sure to view the trailer of the documentary film about Music & Memory, which was featured at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Helpful educational information about health and nutrition.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY (Alzheimer’s Project & Programs)
Guides on making the arts accessible to people with dementia.  Also interviews with experts in the field of art, aging, and Alzheimer's disease; findings from an evidence-based research study on the MoMA dementia program; and review guides for creating arts-related programs in various settings.
MoMA Making Art Accessible to People with Dementia:  Guide for Families (a free download) Remember Better When I Paint-Alzheimers
I Remember Better When I Paint: Art and Alzheimer's: Opening Doors, Making Connections (book)
Paperback, 2012, by Berna G Huebner.  
Conveys scientific information on how Alzheimer's and other dementias affect the brain and how art and creative therapies are often able to bypass the limitations imposed by those changes and reach areas of emotion, creativity, and expression. In this story about the remarkable transformation undergone by Hilgos, a woman with Alzheimer's, her family, friends, caregivers, and doctors reflect on the role of art in helping her regain her self-esteem and connect once again with those she loves. Includes chapters written by Robert Butler, MD, founder of the National Institute on Aging, Gene Cohen, PhD, founder of the Center on Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University, and the individual art students who worked with Hilgos. Filled with practical information and resources for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Illustrated with the delightful paintings and sculptures that Hilgos created before and after developing Alzheimer's.
I Remember Better When I Paint: Treating Alzheimer's Through Creative Therapies (DVD)
DVD / feature length international documentary film, 2009, available via French Connections Film, $30.
See description of book, above.
AD Education Consultants, Inc.
On how to fight memory loss, ask the experts section, and physician-recommended brain-stimulating activities.

Healthy Brain Aging

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7th Annual Scientific Conference on Healthy Brain Aging:
Alzheimer's Disease Risk & Protective Factors
James T. Dove, MD Conference Center at Prairie Heart Institute
Springfield, IL
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Online Registration
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Healthy Brain Aging - A Community Education Program
James T. Dove, MD Conference Center
Prairie Heart Institute
Springfield, IL
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Memory Loss Conference 2014

Friday, Nov 21, 2014
for professionals

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014
for family care partners, general public

Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL