Health Matters: Alzheimer’s Disease

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

More than 6 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and memory loss is one of the first signs of the condition.

Alzheimer’s eventually impacts cognitive skills and the ability to carry out simple tasks.

University Medical Center Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Burkhardt said it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you or a loved one develop any symptoms.

“The reason you want to go and see your doctor is because if you have dementia, your cognitive decline is kind of on a slope,” said Burkhardt. “But if you think about the slope and the medication and some other interventions, it’s not as gradual. So having medication can definitely help with that.”

Burkhardt said medications are meant to slow the disease’s progress but can have side effects including personality changes.

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