ABILENE, Texas -

According to a study by the American Academy of Neurology, behind heart disease and cancer, Alzheimer's could be the number three killer in the United States.

The Alzheimer's Association in Abilene is working to inform people who might not know how the disease works.

"I think people are not aware of how the disease affects people's bodies and their brains and so we need to teach them what's happening with the person who has Alzheimer's," Libby Connally, regional director for the Alzheimer's Association, said.

The sooner the disease is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated and with treatment sufferers can function longer on their own.

If you or someone you know is questioning whether they have Alzheimer's, here are a few warning signs of the disease: memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place and withdrawal from work or social activities.

If you are interested in bringing awareness to Alzheimer's, on March 22nd the Alzheimer's Association is holding its 8th annual "Steppin' out for Memories" event at the Taylor Country Expo Center. It will include live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing.

For more information, call the organization at (325) 672-2907.