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November 2023

Aging Gracefully is now published six times per year, in the odd-numbered months. But you can always find aging-and-dementia-related resources on our web page.


Study of prevalence and modifiable risk factors for dementia in persons with intellectual disabilities

Source: Alzheimer's Research and Therapy Forum

This study was about dementia risk in people who have intellectual disabilities (ID) but NOT Down Syndrome. People with ID are presumed to be at higher risk of developing dementia. But, although the results of this study did find a prevalence of dementia in people with ID that was higher at a younger age than in the general population, the same results suggested that adequate education, prevention of head trauma and stroke, and treatments of hypertension and depression may reduce the risk of dementia. These may be potentially important modifiable risk factors for the prevention of dementia in these people.

Read the full article here

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Study Finds Slower Walking Could be Linked to Dementia


  • A declining walking pace or speed could be an early indication of cognitive decline and dementia, according to a recent study.
  • Those who walk more slowly and show declining cognitive function like memory loss are at a higher risk of developing dementia.
  • Slow walking speed can be a tool used to indicate obesity, diabetes and an accumulation of chronic diseases in the brain.
  • Experts say if you notice a loved one declining in walking speed, it’s recommended to go visit the doctor for a cognitive function screening.

Click here for the full article.

Graphic to the right accompanies article.

Two older women walking in open field

Featured Healthy Aging and Caregiving Tips

Tips to Prevent Alzheimer's Agitation

People who have Alzheimer’s often go through changes in their emotions and behavior as the disease progresses. Agitation is very common. They may be restless and worried at times, both because of physical changes in their brain and also as an expression of frustration and anxiety about their condition. It can be disruptive and hard on you as a caregiver. But there are ways you can prevent it and manage it when it happens.   


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Read the full article here.

Older woman observing confused-looking old man holding colored bags outside store
Young woman embracing older woman
Older Black man wearing headphones and leaning back on pillow

How a "Brain Dump" Can Help You Relieve Stress

woman shown from chest down writing in spiral notepad at desk with laptop

Source: Graphic above accompanies article.

A brain dump is a freewriting session where you unload anything on your mind onto a blank page. This may include anxieties, items on your to-do list, future planning, nagging decisions, work deadlines, and emotions. The idea is that by getting these running thoughts out of your head and onto the page, you will experience some freedom from the stress they often induce.  Click here to read the full article.

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy -

How Perceptions of Aging Affect Our Later Years

Source: Mather Institute

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right."

- Henry Ford

Scrabble tiles spelling Attitude and other tiles scattered in background

Perceptions of aging, or attitudes toward one’s own aging, have important implications for the health and well-being of older adults (Levy, 2009). Throughout the life span, people encounter many positive and negative stereotypes of older adults and the aging process. Some stereotypes portray common age-related changes, whereas others promote misconceptions about aging. As people grow older, age stereotypes become increasingly self-relevant; these stereotypes are reflected inward and they become incorporated into older adults’ self-perceptions of aging (Levy, 2009). Self-perceptions of aging tend to influence thoughts and behaviors without people being consciously aware that this is happening.

Click here to read the full document.

Activities for a Healthy Brain

and Healthy Aging:

Fall and the Great Outdoors

Sure, November has its good and bad moments, being a fall month - but there are all sorts of fantastic outdoor things to do. There still may be some leaves left on the trees, the good outdoor smells are still present and the animals are out and about getting ready for winter. The birds are arriving from their summer residences in Canada to spend the winter here in Northwest Ohio. And, college, pro football, basketball and hockey are in full swing.

Three Black women walking a Toledo Metroparks trail

Here are some articles about the benefits of being in the great outdoors. ( a dementia focus) 

Click here for some suggestions for "outdoorsy" things to do, as well as things to do in the Toledo area in the Autumn in general. The two pictures seen here are from the Toledo Metroparks web site.

Small girl looking through telescope and boy looking through binoculars at sunset
Banner with Fall Theme Announcing Activities and Trainings for Seniors and Caregivers

Find more resources these organizations offer at the Senior Committee page of the Lucas DD web site.

Successful Public Health Approaches in Dementia Caregiving

Virtual Roundtable Series

Hosted by the Public Health Center of Excellence in Dementia Caregiving

Next Session November 7, 2023,

beginning at Noon Eastern Time on Zoom

Information, Registration link, and QR code for Successful Public Health Approaches in Dementia Caregiving Roundtable series

Each episode in the series highlights the story of one individual state's statewide and integrative approach to dementia caregiving goals, with time for Q and A.

The November 7 episode will highlight Washington State.

To register, click here or here.

National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices logo

Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia

December 11 - 15, 2023

12:30 to 4:30 Eastern Time


This is a virtual, interactive workshop based on the NTG's evidence-informed model curriculum. It covers the basic concepts of care of an adult with IDD and dementia, and is appropriate for any staff in disabilty-related, health care, and aging-related agencies who have care responsibilities for older adults with IDD.

The first four half-days are a Foundation Workshop. The fifth half-day is an optional "Train-the-Trainer" sesssion. Those who participate can become NTG Affiliated Trainers and use NTG training materials.

Click here for more information and to register.

Click here for the complete workshop schedule.

For questions about workshops contact Kathleen Bishop.

For questions about registering contact Kathryn Pears.

Dementia Friends of Ohio Training Sessions

Hosted through the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health

Remaining Sessions

November 9 and 28, and December 14 and 26.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Ohio SIBS SibTalk on Grief and Loss, November 30

Click here to learn more about this and other SibTalks (mostly virtual)

Check out these local senior organization calendars

for some exciting upcoming events!

Northwest Ohio Area Office on Aging Events Calendar

Virtual and In-Person Support Groups, Workshops, and More, through the end of 2023

MemoryLane Care Services Events Calendar

Virtual and In-person Caregiving Workshops and Caregiver Support

through September

We wish you a great Thanksgiving, November 23!

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Aging Gracefully is published and edited by the

Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (LCBDD or Lucas DD) Senior Supports Committee.

Click here for the Senior Support Committee web site page.

Learn about:

  • How we can help providers and families support someone who is aging, or has dementia, or is at risk for dementia
  • How we can help siblings and other relatives of the individual take on caregiving responsibilities as the individual's parent ages
  • Activities and tips for healthy aging
  • Webinars, trainings, and everyday tips related to aging, DD and dementia, offered by outside community partners
  • Caregiver support networks

This additional page of the LCBDD web site can help you locate sources of financial help for various needs (for all ages).

The Senior Committee includes LCBDD staff, as well as providers and

families who have experience with aging and dementia.

Click here to find past issues of the newsletter.

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