Be Mindful of Dementia-Related Behavior this Holiday Season–It is Not a Normal Part of Aging
Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's disease. It is the third leading cause of death in California. To help the public recognize dementia-related problems early, this holiday season the Alzheimer's Association has launched an awareness campaign identifying the ten warning signs of Alzheimer's:
1.) Memory loss that disrupts daily life;
2.) Challenges in planning or solving problems;
3.) Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure;
4.) Confusion with time or place;
5.) Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships;
6.) New problems with words in speaking or writing;
7.) Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps;
8.) Decreased or poor judgment;
9.) Withdrawal from work or social activities;
10.) Change in mood or personality.
Individuals may experience one or more of the signs in different degrees. Close family members and friends, who know their loved ones best, are typically the first to notice memory concerns or cognitive problems. If they notice any of the signs in themselves or a loved one, they are advised to call their healthcare professionals to discuss their dementia-related concerns and diagnosis. For additional support, please contact your local Alzheimer's Association office at (661) 912-3053, call the nationwide 24-hour helpline at (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org.