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Doctor Is In: Memory Loss, Aging and Understanding Alzheimer's

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Join Fox 2's Deena Centofanti in a live chat room starting at 9am.  Deena is joined by Dr. Rhonna Shatz, DO Behavioral Neurologist at Henry Ford Hospital.

Ask your questions in the chat room module above.

Dr. Rhonna Shatz is Clayton Alandt Chair of Behavioral Neurology at Henry Ford Hospital. Alzheimer's disease has been a major focus of her career and she has been involved with numerous committees and studies of the disease.

She has also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Michigan Chapter. Dr. Shatz's current research projects involve dementia risk factor modification processes for primary care physicians, the role of hearing loss and treatment in dementia, normal pressure hydrocephalus diagnosis and treatment, clinical drug trials for mild cognitive impairment, and genetic and environmental risk factors of Alzheimer's disease in African-Americans.


Why do people have memory lapses?

What are the common reasons for memory lapses; are there underlying medical and/or psychological conditions to account for memory lapses?

Is memory loss is an inevitable part of the aging process?

How does one know normal forgetfulness vs. dementia?

Are there ways – exercises for instance, to overcome memory loss?

What are some of the signs/symptoms for Alzheimer's disease? How do you know when to seek treatment for a loved one?


Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study. The biggest cost of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia isn't drugs or other medical treatments, but the care that's needed just to get mentally impaired people through daily life.

It's estimated that 4.1 million Americans have dementia.

Statistics reveal that mild cognitive impairment affects about 20 percent of the population over the age of 70 while some 500,000 people in their 30s, 40s and 50s have Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.

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