November marks Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other mental functions.

Alzheimer’s affects your memory, language, and thinking skills. Experts say that it can even affect your personality.

The difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability, and it’s severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia but is also a specific disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 5.8 million Americans 65 and older are living with the disease in 2020.

While there’s no cure for the disease, Dr. Azziza Bankole, Director of Carilion Clinic’s Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program, says there are easy ways to prevent it.

“Exercise regularly, eating a healthy diet, maintaining some form of activity, and also social activity and connectivity. Those things are helpful when minimizing and preventing and minimizing memory loss. The more you are consistent with those things, the better,” said Dr. Bankole.

Age is also an increasing factor when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease, but sometimes it could be genetics.

Doctors say if you or a family member might be exhibiting signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, call your primary doctor immediately.

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