Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and is the most common cause of memory loss, or dementia, in older adults. More than five million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s. It’s the sixth leading cause of death for Americans, meaning one in three seniors will die of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. As you grow older, it’s normal for your brain to slow down. But how do you know when something is not normal? Dr. Shaveta Manchanda with Mercy Clinic Neurology shares seven red flags for identifying Alzheimer’s, as well as tips on how to help keep your brain sharp.
Spotting signs of Alzheimer’s early is critical. There’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are FDA-approved medications that can slow down the progression of symptoms for some people. Don’t delay talking to your doctor. The sooner your neurologist is able to diagnose the disease, the better.
In the meantime, there are several steps you can take to keep your brain healthy and active and possibly avoid dementia.
Talk to your Mercy neurologist if you are worried you, or your loved one, may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s. Experiencing memory loss can be frightening, but Mercy is here every step of the way. We’ll help you maintain your independence as long as possible.
Dr. Shaveta Manchanda is a neurologist practicing at Mercy Clinic Neurology – Whiteside and Mercy Clinic Neurology – Lebanon. Call 417-820-9123 to schedule an appointment.