Transcript for New tool helps you check your memory
Well now to an exclusive look at a new tool designed to help detect Alzheimer's disease. More than 6 million Americans currently have Alzheimer's and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. And Becky Worley is back now with how one organization wants to bridge the knowledge gap for patients and their care givers. Good morning again, Becky. Amy, it's the cruelest of diseases. The slow onset of Alzheimer's can be confusing, filled with conflict and shame about memory loss and that's one of the reasons why cognitive impairment cases are not diagnosed 60% of them going unnoticed so this morning a new online and phone based tool totally free that can help patients or fair care givers get intervention early. Doreen, nearly 68, says she sees aging differently now. Having Alzheimer's disease, things which you may not have paid much attention to or felt important about become much more important. Reporter: For Brian with a family history of the disease it was a matter of when, not if. It wasn't a surprise but once I got diagnosed, that confirmed it but it still felt like a punch in the gut. Reporter: Over 6 million people live with Alzheimer's. 65% women and by 2030, 40% will be Latino or African-American. Unfortunately and especially within the black community, mental illness and various other diagnosis are not talked about. Reporter: To fight it brain guide, a web and phone-based tool. Anyone can log on or call for a questionnaire. You can use it for yourself or answer questions about a loved one. Dr. Rudy tanzia assisted in its development and says it's based on real diagnostic tools. A questionnaire that is based on two of the best tests out there, real need was for those starting to have memory issues. What a spouse will notice, their wife is having memory issues and how do you broach the topic and talk about it? Too many times the person with the disease is the person who has to make the changes because you're embarrassed. I think that has to change too. You know, we're looking at millions of people. This is a large percentage of the population. You can't push those people into the corner anymore. Early diagnosis is key. Not only are there lifestyle changes but treatments may be just around the corner. This tool is completely free, anonymous and this is important, it's available in English and in Spanish. Mybrainguide.org and put a link to that in my Twitter feed, Amy. Amazing, it's going to help so many people. Thank you for that.
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