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December 6, 2017
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Marital status associated with dementia risk
People who are married may have a lower risk of developing dementia compared to single people, new research suggests. The researchers cautioned that the study doesn't demonstrate a causal relationship between marital status and dementia risk but simply a correlation. The possible protective effect is most likely linked to lifestyle factors, such as an overall healthier lifestyle or increased social activity, which may result from living with a spouse or partner.

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Encourage safe and useful gifts for a person living with Alzheimer's
Some holiday gifts may be unusable or even dangerous to a person living with Alzheimer's or another dementia. If someone asks for gift ideas, suggest items the person needs or can easily enjoy, such as comfortable clothing, music, videos or photo albums.
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Caregivers may have to assist with dental care
An individual living with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia may forget how to brush his or her teeth or forget why it's important. As a caregiver, you may have to take a more hands-on approach. Proper oral care is necessary to prevent eating difficulties, digestive problems and infections.
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