(MURFREESBORO) Dena O'Neal from the Alzheimer's Association told Murfreesboro Rotary Club members that they now have a help hotline for families impacted by this disease or other forms of dementia.
O'Neal commented, "Researchers believe there is not a single cause of Alzheimer's disease. The disease likely develops from multiple factors, such as genetics, lifestyle and environment. Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer's. While some risk factors -- age, family history and heredity -- can't be changed, emerging evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence."
Her talk also included the ten early signs of Alzheimer's disease:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
She noted that the WALK TO END ALZHEIMERS was scheduled for MTSU's Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium, 1568 Greenland Drive, on October 24, 2020. Registration is at 8:00AM, with the Ceremony at 9:00AM, and the Walk begins at 9:3AM.
Again, the Alzheimer's helpline number is 1-800-272-3900 and their website is www.alz.org.