Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive type of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s affects mostly people age 65 and older but can affect people of younger ages. At this time, Alzheimer’s has no current cure, only treatments for symptoms. You can find out more information at the Alzheimer’s Association.
It is believed Alzheimer’s disease is caused by plaque (amyloid beta protein) and tangles (Tau protein). These proteins build up and block the “information highway” in your brain. It is not understood yet if one is more detrimental to the thought processes or if both together have the worst impact. Research is still investigating this.
If you are wondering “what are normal aging memory changes vs a more significant issue,” read through the following questions and if you answered “yes” to 3 or more we would like to talk with you.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
CARE is currently offering enrollment for several clinical trials to develop methods for the detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Early Alzheimer's Disease
If you answer "yes" to any of the below questions
Are you between the ages of 50-85?
Have you been diagnosed mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer's?
Or are you and those closest to you noticing changes in your memory or thinking?
Please complete the contact form to schedule a screening appointment or call us at 678-928-6476.