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Are you reluctant to talk about yourÂ memory loss?Â
Seniors in New JerseyÂ fear Alzheimerâ€™s disease more than heart disease, stroke and diabetes. They fear it so much that elders and seniors with memory loss stayÂ in a state of denial. TheyÂ willÂ conceal their memory loss from physician, family and friends.Â
During screenings, 73 percent of seniors said they had concerns about memory, but only 30 percent said they had shared thatÂ with anyone. Of those who did, most told their spouse. Only about 25% sharedÂ that memory lossÂ concern with their doctor. Men are almost three times more likely than women to keep quiet about memory loss.
Although Alzheimerâ€™s disease is by no means the only cause of memory loss, an estimated 4.5 million now have the disease â€“ a number that is expected to grow to more than 11 million by the year 2050. While memory screening is relatively new, it will likely grow in usage as one way for individuals to begin to assess concerns about such memory changes, said researcher Sandra Timmerman, Ed.D.
Awareness of memory loss needs to increase in New Jersey and all acrossÂ America.Â We also needÂ more education about memory loss and the importance of evaluation to determine whether one may or not have a problem that requires intervention. The earlier theÂ intervention, the better oneâ€™s quality of life can be.