Many boomers wonder if their “senior moments” might be signs of Alzheimer’s. In this radio spot, specialist Dr. Murali Doraiswamy of Duke University helps listeners distinguish reality from fear.
Drawing from his new book, “The Alzheimer’s Action Plan: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Diagnosis and Treatment for Memory Problems,” Doraiswamy describes screening tests, how to differentiate Alzheimer’s from other types of dementia, and how to tell normal forgetting from problematic forgetting. He also reviews the latest prescriptions for slowing memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.
Most important, he emphasizes, is to detect the disease early, before major damage sets in. Early warning signs to watch for include:
● The memory loss is getting progressively worse.
● Friends and family are urging you to get a checkup.
● You can’t remember what you forgot. Whole pieces of your past experiences are missing, and your memory can’t be jogged.