Around 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is what causes dementia which is what we know as a memory loss disorder.
Alzheimer's Association Education and Outreach Manager Daryl Carlson said that dementia isn't a disease itself, but what is the result from Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's currently doesn't have a cure, but Carlson did say that there are ways to pick up on it early to prepare yourself.
One of those early steps to picking up on Alzheimer's is checking in with your doctor. Carlson said it never hurts to do check-ups with your doctor. Another factor is any significant memory loss, not just losing your keys or wallet, memory loss that affects your day. Carlson said if you forgot about a conversation you had five minutes ago, can't remember your schedule for an entire day if you don't write down.
What causes the Alzheimer's to bring the dementia is still unsure other than the fact that the brain builds up some kind of plaque similar to heart disease that builds up in your brain killing cells said, Carlson.
The big factor that comes to play trying to prevent Alzheimer's and it comes down to risk management. Unfortunately one of the more significant risk factors is getting older said, Carlson. The other risk management is heart health, keeping that heart and brain connection. Maintaining a good diet and health and social interaction helps keep a better well being.
If you have questions about Alzheimer's contact your doctor, or you can speak with Alzheimer's Association at their 24/7 helpline 1-800-272-3900 or go to www.alz.org/illinois for more information.