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Importance of Brain Health & Early Detection

Make Early Detection a Priority!

Did you know? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Because this disease is underdiagnosed, as many as half of the estimated 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s may not even know they have it!

Dementia caught early can mean more control of your life and a higher quality of life. While treatments do not exist to cure dementia, the treatments available to increase quality of life work more effectively when taken at the beginning of a diagnosis. If you notice changes in yourself or a loved one, the best thing is to do something.

This first step can be very scary, and that is why the ADRC is here to help. We offer free, confidential memory screens that only take about 10 minutes to complete. These screens do not provide a diagnosis, but they can catch potential changes in your memory that would require follow-up from your doctor. Think of them as wellness tools, like a blood pressure, cancer, or stroke screen. Make a note to have a memory screen done every year at the same time as these other screens. Start by having one done before you notice symptoms. This creates a baseline you can refer to every year afterwards.
Remember: Your cognitive health is just as important as your physical health!

How do I get a memory screen from the ADRC?

Walk-in during our normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am—4:30 pm, or call to make an appointment (920-448-4300). Already working with an ADRC staff person? All of our staff are trained to give memory screens, so request one at your next appointment!

ADRC Memory Health Events

Please check back for future memory health events! To put your name on a waitlist to be contacted when an event is planned, please call ADRC at 920-448-4300.

Memory Diagnostic Clinics

You may be advised by ADRC staff to visit a memory diagnostic clinic for further testing. For a complete list of clinics in Brown County, download the Find a Doctor for You: Medical Providers for Older Adults & Adults with Disabilities listing.

Here is what a clinic visit may look like:

Two-hour appointment for cognitive testing

1) First hour- family meets with staff to give a history of the person and concerns; person with possible dementia is tested at this time

2) Second hour- family, person with dementia, and physician meet to discuss results, receive a diagnosis, have questions answered, and create a treatment & service plan
Note: Additional laboratory testing and/or radiological testing may be ordered if needed.

Six-month follow-up appointment

1) First hour- family meets with staff to discuss changes or concerns; person with dementia is tested again

2) Second hour- family, person with dementia, and physician meet to discuss results, have further questions answered, and change the treatment plan, if necessary
Note: Based on this evaluation, the physician will decide if more frequent follow-up appointments are needed.

Contact the ADRC 920-448-4300 prior to making an appoinment.
ADRC staff can help you make a list of questions to ask, go over the testing process in more detail, and even explore ways to have an unwilling loved one go in for testing. Remember: This is your (loved one's) care. Do not be afraid to ask for more information on a diagnosis from any professional you speak with.

Want to promote a healthy brain or live a brain-healthy lifestyle?

You may already be leading a lifestyle that works to promote brain health. Here are some helpful tips to get started:
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain healthy numbers - blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight
  • Practice stress-relieving activities
  • Limit alcohol & tobacco products
  • Make sleep a priority
  • Meet friends regularly to stay socially active
  • Get a baseline memory screen at ADRC
Trials, Studies, and Research

Want to make a difference in the lives of people with dementia? Consider becoming a part of a trial or research study to help science find ways to prevent and cure dementia. Talk to the Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC for more information, or check out these helpful links:Will I Be Next?

A Battle for the Brain that Begins with the Heart

This independent documentary, conducted right here in the state of Wisconsin, is about the quest to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, as told by human research subjects in a long-term medical study, WRAP (Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention). This study is now recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a high-priority research site.

Learn about the study, watch the documentary, and join the quest at the Will I Be Next website.

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  • ADRC Memory Screen Flyer
    Discover how a FREE, simple, ten-minute memory screen can help you stay on top of your brain health. Given by trained staff at the ADRC, these screens can be done in the office or in your own home.

  • Find a Doctor for You: Medical Providers for Older Adults & Adults with Dementia
    Looking for a doctor to fit your needs as you age? Do you or a loved one have concerns about dementia? This listing describes the certified geriatric medical providers, memory assessment clinics, and neuropsychologists in Brown County that can help.

  • Dementia Handbook
    This handbook, published by the ADRC of Brown County, is loaded with information and resources to guide you through the journey of dementia. It will be helpful if you are a caregiver, professional, or person who has been diagnosed with demenita.
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