Nearly every senior worries that a forgotten (or temporarily misplaced) word or item or name means the onset of Alzheimer's. But what are the "real signs" of Alzheimer's? Recently the Alzheimer's Association listed some "early detection" signs. Here they are:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life, particularly recently learned information.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or in leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
The Association points out that getting an early diagnosis gives older persons a chance to see a doctor and plan for the future. If you want to know more, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 800 272 3900 or email alz.org.
Have you or your loved ones had to face this situation? If so, please comment. What did you learn? How did your respond?
Best, Susanne Paul for Global Action on Aging