Current data suggests that less than 35 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias have a diagnosis of the condition in their medical records. The Alzheimer’s Association Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters is being held at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, at Kansas Oil & Gas Museum, 5944 10th Street, Great Bend, provides attendees with information about the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, the benefits of early detection, as well as tips to follow up on any concerns that attendees may have about themselves or someone they care about.
“In 2011, the first wave of baby boomers began turning 65 – the age that your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease begins to increase significantly,” said Jan Evans, Outreach Coordinator at the Central & Western Kansas Chapter Alzheimer’s Association. “Knowing the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and getting diagnosed early is vital to receiving the best help and care possible. People who attend the Know the 10 Signs presentation will have addressed the fears and myths associated with dementia. The early stages of dementia will address the following key topics:
• The 10 warning signs
• Basic overview of Alzheimer’s disease
• Risk factors
• What is involved in getting a diagnosis
• Benefits of early detection including accessing available treatment, planning for the future and participating in clinical trials
The Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit www.alz.org.