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The North Providence Breeze 11-06-2019

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8 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS GUIDE NOVEMBER 7-13, 2019 | THE VALLEY BREEZE ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS | KNOW THE DISEASE About 5% of those diag- nosed with the disease, or more than 200,000 Americans younger than age 65, are living with early onset Alzheimer's. Largely because it's unexpect- ed, the disease can be particu- larly difficult to diagnose in this age group; doctors aren't looking for signs of dementia in younger people. Early symptoms often are attributed to stress, mental illness or other conditions. This reality makes living with the disease even more frustrating for the affected person and their loved ones. According to the Alzheimer's Association, peo- ple affected with the early onset form of the disease can be in the early, middle or late stage of dementia and experi- ence the disease differently. SUSPECTED CAUSES Researchers can't point to a single cause in cases of early onset Alzheimer's. However, they have discovered a num- ber of genes that cause the disease; these genes afflict a few hundred families through- out the world. People who inherit these genes may devel- op symptoms as early as their 30s. This type of Alzheimer's is called familial Alzheimer's dis- ease. It is not the cause of most cases of the disease. GETTING DIAGNOSED Regardless of age, people who are experiencing memory problems should see their doctor for a comprehensive medical evaluation. This could include cognitive tests, a neurological exam or brain imaging. When you notice symptoms, write down the memory problems or other cognitive difficulties you're experiences to bring to your doctor. There is no one test that confirms Alzheimer's dis- ease, so a complete evaluation is necessary. LIVING WITH EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S Because this disease strikes earlier, people afflicted with it often are still working and may have children at home. This can change the emotion- al experiences with the dis- ease. The association recom- mends talking to your chil- dren so they understand what the diagnosis means for their family and what could be coming in the future. Although there is no cure, tak- ing care of your physical and mental health can help you live a more fulfilled life. Check with your employer to see what benefits are available to help you cope, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, disability insurance or early retirement. Make critical legal and financial decisions and put it all in writing. The risk of dementia and Alzheimer's increases with age, but it's not exclusive to retirees. © ADOBE STOCK Early Onset Alzheimer's Content Produced by Green Shoot Media. © 2019 ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS | KNOW THE DISEASE ©2019 THE VALLEY BREEZE Senior Living Guide PUBLISHED BY Breeze THE VALLEY © ADOBE STOCK Senior Living Senior Living Guide PUBLISHED BY Breeze THE VALLEY © ADOBE STOCK Senior Living ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. published by Senior Living Guide © ADOBE STOCK Senior Living published by Senior Living Guide Senior Living Guide 2020 For advertising rates and frequency discounts, call Jack Birolini, Director of Sales, at 401.334.9555, x141 or e-mail him at jack@valleybreeze.com February 2020 May 2020 August 2020 October 2020

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