TUCSON, Ariz. - June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, and health experts are using the opportunity to spread awareness of the disease, which is the sixth-leading cause of death in our country.
The condition is irreversible, progressive and destroys memory and thinking skills.
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute physician’s assistant Helle Brand says memory issues is one of the disease's early signs that you can look for in loved ones.
"Those moments when you say 'Hmm, that was kind of funny that they said that,' or they said that they didn't remember that we had that conversation," Brand said. "Watch to see whether it's happening more often."
A new memory clinic -- the Toole Family Memory Center -- at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute is under construction and should be completed next year.