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May 23, 2018
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Financially challenged seniors may have an increased risk of developing dementia
Poverty later in life may be associated with an increased risk of dementia, new research suggests. According to the researchers, many factors could be involved in the study's findings. For example, financial status may be a stand-in for a poorly managed diet and unhealthy lifestyle, both of which are linked to increased risk for dementia. Access to good health care and making healthy lifestyle decisions may have a significant impact on dementia risk.

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Nutritious meals may be a challenge for people living with Alzheimer's
As a person's cognitive function declines, he or she may become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or have difficulty using utensils. Proper nutrition is important to keep the body strong and healthy. For a person living with Alzheimer's or another dementia, poor nutrition may increase behavioral symptoms and cause weight loss.
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Planning ahead can help with the financial costs of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's can take a financial toll on the person living with the disease and their family. Putting legal, financial and end-of-life plans in place is one of the most important steps a person with Alzheimer's can take. It allows them to participate in making decisions that help family and friends know their wishes.
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