June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Sadly, 47 million people are currently living with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementias worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that slowly destroys a person’s memory and impairs their speech, thinking, and behavior.
Alzheimer’s is both irreversible and progressive. However, it can be caught in the early stages when the best treatment options are available. Treating the disease in its early stages can slow the worsening dementia symptoms and improve quality of life.
Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Warning signs of Alzheimer’s include:
Short-term memory loss
Inability to remember newly learned information
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Changes in mood and personality
Confusion with time or place
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Withdrawal from work or social activities
It is essential that you see a medical professional if you start exhibiting any of these symptoms.
A single test is not enough to determine whether an individual has Alzheimer’s. A proper diagnosis will require a medical evaluation that involves a complete medical history, physical exam, neurological exam, mental status testing, blood testing, and brain imaging exams. An MRI can be used to detect brain abnormalities and help predict which patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may develop Alzheimer’s disease.
There currently is no cure for this awful disease, but there is currently a worldwide effort working to improve treatment and eventually find a cure. You can help by joining the Alzheimer’s Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. If you or a loved one is showing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and are in need of an MRI, Northeast Nebraska Imaging can meet your imaging needs. You can schedule your appointment online today.