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By Mindy Bannister M. Ed Alzheimers Association North Central Texas Chapter



As 10 Million Baby Boomers Develop Alzheimer’s, Early Detection of the Disease Becomes Critical to Future PlanningBy: Mindy Bannister, M. ED- Alzheimer’s Association- North Central Texas ChapterAbilene, Texas – May 25, 2010 – 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 record . “In 2011, the first wave of baby boomers begins turning 65 – the age that one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease begins to increase significantly,” said Mindy Bannister, Caseworker, of the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Knowing the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and getting diagnosed early is vital to receiving the best help and care possible.”{{more}}To help concerned individuals understand the difference between normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease and the benefits of early detection, the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter will be hosting a new workshop, Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, 2010, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., at the Abilene Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association located at 301 S. Pioneer, Ste. 105, in Abilene. Key topics that will be discussed include:• 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. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 325-672-2907 or 1-800-272-3900. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. 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. ¹Boise L, Neal MB, and Kaye J. Dementia assessment in primary care: Results from a study in three managed care systems. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 2004; 59A :621-626.Boustani M, Callahan CM, Unverzagt FW, Austrom MG, Perkins AJ, Fultz BA, et al. Implementing a screening and diagnosis program for dementia in primary care. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2005; 20:572-577.Ganguli M, Rodriguez E, Mulsant B, Richards S Pandav R, Bilt, JV, et al. Detection and Management of Cognitive Impairment in Primary Care: The Steel Valley Seniors Survey. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2004; 52:1668-1675.Valcour VG, Masaki KH, Curb JD, and Blanchette PL. The detection of dementia in the primary care setting. Archives of Internal Medicine 2000;160:2964-2968.

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