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The Alzheimer’s Association visits the Heritage at Northern Hills

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – In the state of Iowa alone this year, nearly 65,000 people have developed Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia.

In spite of having no known cause, advocates are spreading awareness to educate Siouxlanders on how to prevent and live with the disease.

On Thursday, the Alzheimer’s Association in Sioux City visited the Heritage at Northern Hills.

Experts helped outline the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia, along with its stages and current research and treatment.

Professionals say exercising, eating well, and social and cognitive engagement helps decrease your risk.

Some medications also help slow down memory loss for those living with the disease.

“What happens in the brain is that it kills off neurons in the brain and causes the brain to shrink. There’s a build up of what we know is Amyloid and Tau in the brain so we notice those key changes but there’s not one pinpoint cause for it,” said Amanda Brophy, Program Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Professionals say they typically see the disease develop in people 65 and older.

While rare, it is possible to develop the condition in your 30’s and 40’s.

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, you can visit their website.