Alzheimer's Awareness- Orlando Doctors
June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the most common cause of dementia. Globally, it is estimated that approximately 47 million people are affected by dementia today, with an estimated 130 million by 2050. Chances are, you know about dementia, because you’ve seen it in a loved one. The hallmark early sign of dementia is memory impairment. Now it’s important to distinguish here. Everyone forgets a person’s name here and there. Everyone gets a little mental fog here and there. But there’s a big difference between forgetting where you put your keys, and forgetting you need keys to start a car. Typically, it is VERY unusual for these symptoms to begin before the age of 60. The big thing about Alzheimer’s Disease is that as of now, it is irreversible, and the best medications we have only slow the progression. It’s important to have the tough conversations with our family members about goals and how they want things handled while they still can make those decisions. There are some risk factors we can improve to reduce our risk. Control our blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. Keeping active is also shown to reduce our risks. Even some of our medications greatly increase the risk of dementia, particularly the benzodiazepine medications (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, etc).
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