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Preventing Alzheimer's

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Preventing Alzheimer's: Ways to Help Prevent, Delay, Detect, and Even Halt Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Memory Loss

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Preventing Alzheimer's

  1. 1. Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease Daniel G. Amen, MD Amen Clinics, Inc.
  2. 2. Is it ever too late to have a better brain?
  3. 3. SPECT = single photon emission computed tomography
  4. 4. Alzheimer’s
  5. 5. Alcoholism
  6. 6. Brain Trauma
  7. 7. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 Brain Activity Over TimeActivity
  8. 8. 30 year old 55 year old
  9. 9. Typical 82 year old, unhealthy brain
  10. 10. Typical 82 Dr. Doris Rapp 82
  11. 11. 1. Start by knowing the health of your own brain
  12. 12. Andy
  13. 13. Healthy Andy
  14. 14. Andy 11 Years Later
  15. 15. Andy’s Brain Aged Backwards 1999 2010
  16. 16. 5 Warning Signs Your Brain Is In Trouble 1. Poor memory 2. Poor judgment 3. Depression 4. Obesity 5. Chronic insomnia/ sleep apnea
  17. 17. Regular Testing Early If You Are At Risk  Cognitive testing  WebNeuro  Brain SPECT or PET
  18. 18. 2. The Time to Stop Alzheimer’s Is NOW
  19. 19. National Institutes of Aging OLD Alzheimer’s Guidelines  Normal  Mild cognitive impairment  Alzheimer’s disease
  20. 20. National Institutes of Aging NEW Alzheimer’s Guidelines  Normal  Preclinical stage  Mild cognitive impairment  Alzheimer’s disease
  21. 21. 59 Year Old Woman
  22. 22. 72 Year Old Man
  23. 23. 3. Know and Reduce Your Risk Factors
  24. 24. Know and Reduce Your Risk  Genetic risks – Apo E4 gene  Brain injury  Alcohol abuse  Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome  CV disease, including high BP, lipid problems  Cerebral vascular disease  Exercise less than twice a week
  25. 25. Know and Reduce Your Risk (cont’d)  Less formal education  Diabetes  Smoking  Parkinson’s disease  Untreated depression  Untreated ADD  Low estrogen from hysterectomies
  26. 26. Know and Reduce Your Risk (cont’d)  Low testosterone levels  Sleep apnea  Cancer treatment  Getting hair or nails done too often
  27. 27. 8 Ways SPECT Will Change Everything You Do
  28. 28. 1. You Will Develop Brain Envy Age 37 Age 57
  29. 29. 2. You will be more careful with psychotropic medications Healthy Xanax
  30. 30. 3. You won’t let your kids play tackle football Healthy NFL Player
  31. 31. 4. You will take environmental toxins much more seriously Healthy Firefighter
  32. 32. 5. You will take weight more seriously Weight Brain size
  33. 33. 6. Stop thinking in DSM terms only and more in brain system pathology Low activity depression High activity depression
  34. 34. 7. Think about the early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease Healthy Early Alzheimer’s
  35. 35. Ray and Nancy 8. Think About Reversing Brain Damage
  36. 36. Nancy
  37. 37. Before After 10 Weeks
  38. 38. Ray and Nancy After
  39. 39. NOW Is The Time  To get your brain tested  To start making better decisions  To avoid anything that hurts your brain and engage in regular brain healthy habits  To get any brain problems treated and to do this program with a partner or in your organization
  40. 40. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 If you don’t do the program?Activity
  41. 41. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 If you do the simple steps?Activity
  42. 42. Amen Clinics Inc. www.amenclinics.com San Francisco, CA Newport Beach, CA Bellevue, WA Reston, VA (Wash D.C.) Atlanta, GA New York, NY

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