Are You at Risk for Alzheimer’s?

  1. Do you have a family member who has Alzheimer’s?
  2. Have you been diagnosed with ADD?
  3. Have you been diagnosed with depression?
  4. Have you ever suffered a head injury?
  5. Have you ever suffered a stroke?
  6. Do you have a personal history of heart disease, diabetes, or cancer?
  7. Do you exercise less than twice a week?
  8. Do you NOT engage in regular learning?

If you answered yes to any combination of these, you may be at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

A lot of people ask about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dementia is the big umbrella category; Alzheimer’s disease is one of the causes. The statistics on Alzheimer’s are truly alarming:

  • There are 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.

Having a poor memory is one of the first warning signs your brain may be in trouble, especially if it’s worse than it was 10 years ago. Many people think that having memory problems in their 50’s and 60’s is normal. But, it’s not. It is a sign your brain is struggling.

Do you want to live until you are 85 or beyond?

Did you know that 50% of people 85 years old will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease … and with the Baby Boomers aging, Alzheimer’s is expected to triple in the coming decades. And there is NO CURE for it on the horizon! In fact, researchers think that Alzheimer’s disease actually starts in the brain 30-50 YEARS before people have ANY symptoms. Can you see the problem here? You have NO symptoms at all, but your brain is already starting to deteriorate, decades before you have any signs of trouble!

For the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 59, he or she likely started to have trouble in the brain by the age of 30. The person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in his early 70s, likely already had brain changes in his 40s.

Losing your memory or developing brain fog in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, or even 80’s is NOT normal.  It is a sign of trouble.

You can also lose your memory from head trauma, alcohol abuse, vascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other causes.

All of these illnesses rob you of the memories that tell the story of your life: who you are … where you came from … what’s important to you. Imagine losing it all. This is very serious.

New research suggests that by doing the steps Dr. Daniel Amen advocates, more than half of the cases of Alzheimer’s disease, and the other causes of dementia, can be prevented.

Steps to Preventing Alzheimer’s disease:

  • With current prevention strategies you can delay onset of AD by 6 years or more
  • Know and reduce your risk
  • Keep your body and brain active
  • Take antioxidants and increase them in your diet
  • Decrease beta amyloid

Beta amyloid is thought to be one of the major mechanisms for causing AD. Think of beta amyloid as a sticky, gooey gum-like substance that gets dropped into electric nerve cells fields, causing short circuits.  Too many short circuits and you will have serious problems thinking and remembering.  Interesting, a small dose of ibuprofen a day seems to decrease beta amyloid production.  Of course, talk to your doctor.

How We Can Help

Keeping your brain healthy with age requires forethought, a well-researched scientific plan (something that will actually work), and a good prefrontal cortex so that you will follow through on the plan.

At Amen Clinics, we are dedicated to improving the lives of every patient and family we serve through education, the latest advances in neuroimaging, laboratory testing, and individualized treatment plans.  We use the least toxic, most effective treatments for our patients, and use a wide variety of interventions from natural supplements, medications, dietary interventions and targeted forms of psychotherapy.

As part of our evaluation process we use brain SPECT imaging, in addition to clinical interviews, diagnostic checklists and laboratory studies when appropriate.  Our recommendations may include natural supplements, medications, targeted forms of psychotherapy, and alternative methods such as neurofeedback or hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

In a recent six-month outcome study with 500 Amen Clinics’ patients of varying ages and locations, 75% showed significant improvement in their condition and 85% reported improved quality of life after implementing their personalized protocols.

If you or a loved one is suffering from any of the symptoms of memory problems, dementia, or Alzheimer’s, the Amen Clinics Method of integrative psychiatric care can help.  Using innovative and personalized care, our outcomes consistently demonstrate improvement for patients – including many who have tried and failed prior treatment.

Our Full Evaluation of your biological/psychological/social/spiritual history, coupled with two brain SPECT imaging scans (at rest and at concentration), cognitive testing, and clinical assessment is designed to address your unique needs and offer targeted treatment options. Amen Clinics has locations nationally to serve you. We invite you to call today, (888) 288-9834 or visit us online.

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