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National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, and people all over the country are joining efforts in educating the community and making a local impact.

Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disorder that destroys your thinking skills, memory, and, eventually, the loss of ability to care for yourself.

Almost 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. Most of us know at least one person who has been impacted by Alzheimer's, but not everyone understands what it is and what they can do about it.

Some mild to moderate memory loss is normal as we age, but Alzheimer's disease is not a part of the aging process. The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) commemorated November as a time to take better care of our bodies and brains and to take part in early intervention screenings, especially if you are at risk.

Experts estimate a skilled physician can diagnose Alzheimer's disease with more than 90% accuracy. The first step in following up on symptoms is finding a doctor you feel comfortable with. Many people contact their primary care physician or internist about their concerns regarding memory loss, and primary care doctors often oversee the diagnostic process themselves.

It's time to consult a doctor when memory lapses become frequent enough or sufficiently noticeable to concern you or a family member. If you get to that point, make an appointment as soon as possible to talk with a primary physician to have a thorough physical examination. Your doctor can assess your personal risk factors, evaluate your symptoms, eliminate reversible causes of memory loss, and help obtain appropriate care. Early diagnosis can treat reversible causes of memory loss, or improve the quality of life in Alzheimer's or other types of dementia.


Resources:
https://www.alz.org/national/documents/brochure_partneringwithyourdoctor.pdf

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