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Chadbourn Medical Clinic
(910) 654-1701
110 N Brown St
Chadbourn, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Lake Waccamaw Medical Center
(910) 646-2132
107 Church Street
Lake Waccamaw, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Bladen Medical Associates Bladenboro
(910) 863-3138
104 Seaboard Street
Bladenboro, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Premier Living And Rehab Ctr
(910) 646-3132
106 Cameron Street
Lake Waccamaw, NC
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Sharpsburg Family Medicine
(252) 446-5755
9201 County Line Rd Po Box 27878
Sharpsburg, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Chadbourn Family Practice P A
(910) 654-3143
104 Seventh Avenue
Chadbourn, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Bladen Medical Associates-Clarkton
(910) 647-0083
88 East Green Street
Clarkton, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Tabor City Family Medicine Center
(910) 653-2112
27 Pireway Rd P O Box 675
Tabor City, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Swansboro Medical Clinic Pa
(910) 326-5588
718 West Corbett Avenue
Swansboro, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Roanoke Chowan Medical Center Pa
(252) 398-3323
305 Beechwood Blvd
Murfreesboro, NC
Rural Health Clinic

Avoiding Alzheimer's

The statistics associated with Alzheimer’s disease are staggering:
Over 5 million Americans currently have it, a number that may balloon to 16 million
by 2050. Amid the facts and figures lies the heartbreak of families who helplessly
watch loved ones slip into a shadowland where spouses, children and grandchildren
no longer have names. Science hasn’t completely mapped the biochemical changes
responsible for this thief of selfhood. But we do know that a healthy lifestyle,
including brain-protective nutrition, can give you a fighting chance against it.

By Lisa James

September 2008

 It started when Emily Balfour’s dad, Bob, could no longer handle the math required for his job as a construction project manager. “At one point his boss noticed something was wrong, so they had him do less intensive tasks at work and he struggled with them,” says the 22-year-old from Alpharetta, Georgia. Two years after signs first appeared, the elder Balfour was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in February 2007—at age 53.

The Balfour family is no stranger to Alzheimer’s; Emily’s grandmother died of it and her uncle, David, was diagnosed about the same time as her father. “He just became so quiet and distant,” she recalls about her uncle, “and would become confused if you asked about something that happened two months prior.” Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which tends to appear among people in their fifties, often runs in families. This puts Emily, a student at Georgia’s Valdosta State University, at a higher risk than most of her classmates. “I’m not too worried about it right now,” she says.

For people like Emily Balfour, the search for an Alzheimer’s cure takes on personal meaning. Eventually, though, advancing age means that Alzheimer’s disease can catch up with anyone; more than 90% of those afflicted show symptoms after age 65. “Advanced age is the strongest risk factor for Alzheimer’s,” says Marwan Sabbagh, MD, geriatric neurologist, founder of Sun Health Research Institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research in Sun City, Arizona and author of The Alzheimer’s Answer (Wiley). If preventative measures—especially the widespread adoption of healthy habits—aren’t taken soon, “one in every eight baby boomers is destined to get it. That’s 8 to 10 million people,” Sabbagh warns. “This could be one of the diseases that swallow up whole budgets.”

It is important to note that Alzheimer’s is not inevitable: “There are people who go to their graves who are fine from a cognitive standpoint,” Sabbagh says. Some memory loss occurs as part of the aging process, but when it becomes “extensive or is starting to impact your daily life, that’s when you know it has moved past being benign."

Missing Neurons

Alzheimer’s disrupts brain function by killing neurons—the brain itself actually shrinks. Plaques consisting of beta-amyloid, a protein processing byproduct, accumulate outside the cells, while neurofibrillary tangles form within...

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