The crowd learned a lot from Dr. Ances, who explained how Alzheimer’s Disease develops in the brain and how it differs from other types of dementia. The audience was especially interested in the major risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease, which Dr. Ances explained are: age, being a woman, and genetics. People were also interested in knowing what they could do to determine their risk and help prevent the disease.
Sadly, Dr. Ances reported that there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, and no proven prevention methods. As with most diseases, however, he emphasized that early detection matters. Early diagnosis can help rule out other disorders that tend to “mimic” dementia, such as infections and medication interactions. Early diagnosis also allows families to get their affairs in order while the person living with the diagnosis can still make important decisions.
Finally, he recommends three ways that you can empower yourself and your community:
- Knowledge is power! Read, attend events, and learn as much as you can about Alzheimer’s Disease. The St. Charles City-County Library has classes throughout the year. Click here to learn more.
- Connect with the resources at the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter. They have everything from support groups to a 24/7 helpline.
- Participate in clinical studies. You can learn more about which studies you qualify for through the Alzheimer’s Association Trial Match portal.
Thank you to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Missouri and to Dr. Ances for bringing this information to the St. Charles County community.