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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS EVERY DAY Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:09:47 +0000 LML: CNS HEALTHCARE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AFFECTS MILLIONS OF AMERICANS EVERY DAY WATN >> local memphis live continues with your host, amy speropoulos. >>amy: alzheimer's disease impact millions of americans every day. symptoms can range from minor memory loss to not being able the top 10 causes of death, it is the only disease out there that has no cure. that is my prevention, treatment and relining on clinical trials is important. that leads to our next guest, doctor laura mcgill. welcome back to the show. >> take you so much. happy to be here. >>amy: absolutely. this is something that really impacts so many people and the families as well who are having to deal with loved ones and just deal with the impact. >> alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. dementia, of course, the conditions that affect your cognition, memory, thinking skills and personality and alzheimer's is the most common one of those types of diseases it is really a disease of the elderly, that is not as old as we think. people as young as 50 and i have heard of people and 30's, but mainly starting from age 65 and older there is a higher risk of developing the disease. >>amy: that is not all that all x that is not old. >>amy: what is at risk for getting alzheimer's? >> we know from statistics that about 13 percent of people who are 65 years of age already have the disease which is the percentage, right? by the time you reach 85, the percentage is 45 percent. >>amy: wow! >> we didn't used to have so many people making it to age 85. the people who are at risk is everyone. it's not just her mother or father, but it is also your children. there are some parents whose children develop alzheimer's disease before they do. >>amy: that is very scary. >> that is very scary. >>amy: okay so red flags we look for. >> the first thing until everyone is i think you should have emery screening every year. that is just a preventive. people don't think about it and they wait until they have symptoms and they say, hey, i am worried about symptoms. he should do screenings every year just like your prostate checked and her mammograms and every year you should talk to your health care provider about your memory. the common symptoms is forgetting events. is not really just forgetting what i came in the room four or i forgot my keys i parked my car in the wrong spot. it is really forgetting events or forgetting stories. sometimes the most common thing is that someone tells you a story and the next day i tell you the same story over again. you are doing a little research and a lot of clinical trials at cns healthcare on this disease. now, we have three legal trials and also the disease which is the first for us. we have only done one at a time. >>amy: three? >> this is the first time we've done that. the reason is because there are so many avenues we have to attack this disease. we have two studies for people who are already diagnosed people who already have it. they may not be diagnosed but we can figure it out. we have another one coming in for prevention. i am excited about this. that is the first time we had it offered to us. we knew the midsouth needed this. this is for people who don't have any symptoms, who may be at risk and we are actually going to check and find out if they have the gene that gives them the higher risk of getting the disease. >>amy: well! that sounds like a wide range of people. how does someone figure out if they could be in those clinical trials and studies? >> we do free assessments at our office even for the memory screenings. remember i said you should have one once a year. i have someone come in for their free assessment. if they are okay, i say next you're going to get the screening. we do that for free. we want to turn you away number how old you are or how young you are. that is how we decide who can get into the clinical trials. they have to come in and be seen and do that. >>amy: it sounds like this is really open to everybody. in fact, i would encourage you to get involved and do this you to call cns healthcare because even if you have a family history, even if you don't know if you have at least >> even though you don't have a family history, you are still at a risk. >>amy: go in and see cns healthcare and make an appointment with them and they will offer that test to see if you have any issues. if nothing else, you don't have issues. >> exactly which is a good thing to note b3 doctor laura mcgill. thank you so much for joining us. >> coming up, we go live into the family production of "the music man." there they are on the stage. the

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