Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is America’s 6th leading cause of death and affects more than 5 million Americans and more than 16 million family caregivers.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s can make a significant difference for the patient and their family and caregiver.
Dr. Kim Tarver, the Director of The MIND Center Clinical Services and Tina Bancroft,the Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter sat down with Rebecca Turner on Good Things to empowering families to start the conversation about Alzheimer’s.
Having this critical conversation can address concerns before a “crisis” arises and help put the individual and family on a better path for managing disease-related challenges. People can start with ABC: Assess changes; Begin conversation; Contact the Alzheimer’s Association. The new online tool includes conversation starters, early signs, and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the benefits of early diagnosis, and more.
While Alzheimer’s still needs significant research as there is no current cure. Strides are being made to help families cope and manage the changes that come with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s. Make sure you know all the warning signs and resources available to you and your family in Mississippi.