LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Ten years from now, one in every four senior citizens in Kentucky, and one in every five in Indiana, will have Alzheimer's disease. That's according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Since 2000, deaths from major diseases have decreased, but they've skyrocketed with Alzheimer's. Like any other disease, getting an early diagnosis is key for treatment. Unfortunately, most people who experience memory problems ignore the signs and don't talk to a doctor about it.
Even if you experience minor memory problems, see a doctor. Alzheimer's can show signs well before age 65. Medications can delay the disease, and help treating it. If you see a family member or friend showing signs of memory loss, push them to get a diagnosis.
The local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will help with understanding the disease, providing resources for sharing the diagnosis, and assisting caregivers with support programs.
Get educated about it and you won't ignore it.