June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s and other Brain Diseases are serious and can affect people of all ages.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined?

Having memory issues is not in and of itself a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and could be caused by numerous things like depression, drug interactions, and certain vitamin deficiencies. All of which are treatable.

Know the early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia! See the list below, or watch the video to see what to look for.

  1. Memory Loss that Affects Daily Life
  2. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems
  3. Difficulty Performing Routine Tasks at Home, Work, or Leisure
  4. Confusion with Time or Place
  5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships
  6. New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing
  7. Misplacing Things and Losing the Ability to Retrace Steps
  8. Decreased or Poor Judgement
  9. Withdrawal from Work or Social Activites
  10. Changes in Mood and Personality

Knowing the signs can help get a diagnosis early, and tests such as brain imaging and blood work are used to confirm a diagnosis. An early diagnosis is important, as patients have a better chance of responding to and benefitting from treatment. Patients who have brain diseases diagnosed early can also have more time to plan for the future, more opportunity to participate in decisions regarding their care, and increased chances of getting into clinical drug trials to help advance research.

At Sand Lake Imaging, we use top-of-the-line PET and CT Scan machines to provide the clearest images of the brain, which is imperative when diagnosing brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. See all of Sand Lake Imaging’s Diagnostic Procedures here.

Watch this helpful video from the Alzheimer’s Association to see what to look for.