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SEGMENT: Health with Dr. Paula: Alzheimer's Disease

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – More than five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and it is the number one cause of dementia.

Dementia is a group of symptoms that affect mental tasks. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a progressive brain disorder that causes decline in mental function.

Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:

-increased trouble with memory

-disorientation and misinterpreting relationships

-difficuly making decisions

-changes in behavior and personality

Some risk factors include:

-family history

-family genetics

-history of head trauma or injury

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