A day to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and end the stigma that surrounds dementia, September 21 has been World Alzheimer’s Day since 2012.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to degenerate and die and is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Because early detection matters, it is important to be checked out by your physician if you notice any of these signs.
- Memory loss that disrupts your daily life
- Challenges in planning or problem-solving
- Completing familiar tasks becomes difficult
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding spatial relationships and visual images
- New problems with speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace your steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from social activities or work
- Changes in mood and personality
With early detection, relief of symptoms may be provided by treatments that can help you maintain your independence longer. Some ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s are through PET Scans and Brain MRIs.
Sand Lake Imaging is involved in research and several studies on Alzheimer’s and dementia. We believe that through awareness and research we can help change the lives of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are diagnosed each year.
For more information on the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please click below.