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Pennington's dementia research

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BATON ROUGE - The month of November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, with more than five million Americans living with the disease. Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is working on groundbreaking research in an attempt to lower those numbers across the country.

"It's no surprise that November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month," Dr. Jeff Keller told 2une In's Kylie Dixon. "It was selectively chosen because that's when we see the most people coming in suspecting there's Alzheimer's in the family."

Dr. Keller is the director of PBRC's Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention. It's important to know the signs and symptoms when you spend time with family during the holidays.

"Some memory loss is part of aging, but when we're talking about Alzheimer's it's when it's significant enough to effect both work and social life," he says. "It primarily affects those new memories and the ability to access those new memories."

Alzheimer's patients may be able to recall distant memories but have trouble remembering recent events. Changes in social behavior may also we a warning sign. Patients typically become more introverted and often give up hobbies. Most Alzheimer's patients will be over the age of 65.

The IDRP is currently doing a dementia study and is looking for volunteers to participate. Watch the video, visit the PBRC website or call (225) 763-2973 for more information.

 

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