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African-Americans and Alzheimer's
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Is it Alzheimer’s or just signs of aging?

Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not normal aging.
That kind of memory loss may be a symptom of dementia, a slow and continuous decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.  The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a disorder that results in the loss of brain cells.

Because African-Americans are more likely to have vascular disease (disorders affecting circulatory system), they may also be at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Risk factors for vascular disease-like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol-may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s and stroke-related dementia.

Ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease
1. Memory loss
2. Difficulty doing familiar things
3. Problems with talking or writing
4. Confusion about time and place
5. Loss of judgment
6. Problems with abstract thinking
7. Misplacing things
8. Changes in mood or behavior
9. Changes in personality
10. Loss of motivation

Did you know?
There are more than 60 causes of memory loss other than Alzheimer’s disease like:
• Depression
• Medicine side effects
• Overuse of Alcohol
• Poor diet
• Stroke
• Thyroid problems

If you have any questions or concerns please contact our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900. 


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