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July 19, 2013

Alzheimer’s Association to sponsor Brain Health A-Z

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The Alzheimer’s Association is putting on Brain Health A-Z, a health expo focused on brain health, on Saturday, August 17th at First Baptist Church in Clarksville. The event is free but registration is required.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an age-related, non-reversible brain disorder that develops over a period of years. Initially, people experience memory loss and confusion, which may be mistaken for the kinds of memory changes that are sometimes associated with normal aging. However, the symptoms of AD gradually lead to behavior and personality changes, a decline in cognitive abilities such as decision-making and language skills, and problems recognizing family and friends.

AD ultimately leads to a severe loss of mental function related to the worsening breakdown of the connections between certain neurons in the brain and their eventual death. AD is one of a group of disorderscalled dementias that are characterized by cognitive and behavioral problems. It is the most common cause of dementia among people age 65 and older.

Currently there are no medicines that can slow the progression of AD. However, four FDA-approved medications are used to treat AD symptoms. These drugs help individuals carry out the activities of daily living by maintaining thinking, memory, or speaking skills. They can also help with some of the behavioral and personality changes associated with AD. However, they will not stop or reverse AD and appear to help individuals for only a few months to a few years.

At Brain Health A-Z, you can hear from professionals in the field as they discuss AD. The event also features exhibitors, entertainment, free health screenings and much more. Brain Health A-Z runs from from 9-1 p.m. Call 1-800-272-3900 to reserve your spot or email tcloud-mann@alz.org. Respite care will be provided.



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