The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease causes problems with memory, thinking skills and behavior. It  is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that eventually denies the person the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

As people age they become more forgetful and experience some degree of cognitive decline, which could or could not be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. However, if certain risk factors exist, you may want to investigate further. These risk factors include:

  • Family history of dementia
  • Previous head injuries
  • Poor cardiovascular health
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity in middle age
  • Smoking

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In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but the National Institute on Aging suggests that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias may include any number of the following:

  • Memory loss that affects daily life
  • Challenges in solving problems or planning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Repeating statements and questions over and over
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Loss for words
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Changes in behavior and personality
Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia

Alzheimer's diseasePatients with a family history of Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, or those suffering from memory loss, cognitive decline, and other thinking problems can get help to understand the type of dementia they may have.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are approximately 5.3 million people of all ages in the U.S. alone with Alzheimer’s disease and another 1 million with other types of dementia. It is estimated that by 2050, there will be 23 million people worldwide with some form of dementia. Women are twice as likely as men to get Alzheimer’s Disease.

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While some symptoms may appear to be other problems, CereScan’s neuroimaging capabilities can give a clear assessment of what is really going on in a person’s brain. There are many different causes to memory loss, consult with Cerescan today to help you or your loved one determine the cause of this disorder.

Some people may not want to know if they have dementia while many others do. Getting an accurate diagnosis will allow you to:

  • Begin discussions with family members to prepare for future support services
  • Make financial plans
  • Develop health plans to slow down disease progression
  • When appropriate, use new medications to manage symptoms
  • Determine which medications may make symptoms worse

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We believe that knowing is almost always better than not knowing. We understand that it requires great courage to take the step to find out and we want to help. We know symptoms can be scary, so rather than assume that the problem is Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, find out with CereScan’s compassionate, expert diagnostics team.

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