Cognitive impairment has increased over the past decade. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. November marks National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. Most people do not know when forgetting becomes a serious health problem. Without early detection, many sufferers miss the opportunity to get the best help possible.
10 Signs for Early Detection (from the Alzheimer’s Association)
1) Memory changes that disrupt daily life
2) Challenges in planning or solving problems
3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home or work
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) Changes in mood and personality
Be aware and avoid subtle ageism. Don’t allow yourself to simply dismiss these signs as “old age.”
If you’d like to learn more or notice these signs in your loved ones, click here for more information from the Alzheimer’s Association.