Do you know the signs of Alzheimer’s disease?

(Courtesy: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine)
(Courtesy: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – September 21st marked World Alzheimer’s Day. A disease that more than 120,000 people in Massachusetts suffer from.

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It’s the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.

Marcia McKenzie of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association in Springfield told 22News there are three major signs to look for; “Changes in memory, so recent memory loss and your thinking skills. So your ability to use good judgment, reasoning and logic, and the next one is changes in behavior.”

McKenzie said this disease doesn’t just affect seniors. More than 200,000 people under 60 years old have Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information on the disease, here is a look at the Facts and Figures, and the the Alzheimer’s Statistics.

Click here for the Alzheimer’s fact sheet.

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