Dementia

The number of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias continues to grow. Regardless of setting, LeadingAge members of all provider types, are striving to improve the lived experience of individuals with dementia, and their care partners. While we hope for a cure, our focus is on developing services and supports that meet the needs of those living with the diseases now. As the aging services field and demographics change, people living with dementia are advocating for new kinds of housing, services and supports that allow them to continue to thrive in the setting of their choice, long after diagnosis.

Throughout our work, you’ll find person-directed resources, and a focus on the true experts—those living with dementia.

Recent Activity

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  1. What Have We Done for You Lately? - March 2018

    If we had to choose one word to describe our March 2018 activities at LeadingAge, it would be “clamorous.” As winter turned to spring, we raised our voice about a variety of issues that members care about. We’re happy to report that, in several important instances, our voice was heard loud and clear. Click the links to learn more about our work for you in March.

  2. Treating Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia Without Drugs

    This article was written by Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue and is used here with permission. Most people think of dementia as affecting memory and cognition, and it certainly does. But some of the ...

  3. CAST Case Study: Connecting Older Adults with Memory Loss to High School Students

    A recent LeadingAge CAST case study, “Creating a Real-Life Video Experience for Individuals Facing Memory Loss,” describes an innovative partnership that brought together a memory support center, ...

  4. Community Connections: How to Help Make Your Community Dementia-Friendly and Age-Friendly

    LeadingAge and its members are engaging in a variety of ways with 2 important national initiatives, one for creating cities and communities receptive to residents of all ages, the other aimed at largely doing the same for those with dementia. The Age-Friendly Communities movement and Dementia Friendly America offer obvious overlaps ...

  5. What Happens When We See Dementia as a Disability?

    Kirsten Jacobs, associate director of dementia and wellness at LeadingAge, imagines how our attitudes and actions might change if we looked at dementia as a disability, not an illness.