Know the 10 Signs
Time spent together with family members and friends in the community may raise questions about a person’s physical and cognitive health. Although some change in cognitive ability can occur with age, memory problems that impact daily living are not a part of typical aging. Recognizing the difference between typical aging and potentially more serious problems can help identify when it may be time to see a doctor.
The Alzheimer’s Association encourages anyone to call the 24-hour Helpline, 800.272.3900, with a question or doubt about Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. “If someone is concerned about or experiencing memory loss, it is vital they connect with the Alzheimer's Association,” says Linda Altmeyer, Director of Programs, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter.
The Alzheimer’s Association also provides free programs around the state to educate the community on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Topics include the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, financial and legal matters for planning care and in-depth programs for those caring for a loved one in the early, late and middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. To schedule a free program in the community, find which programs are available or register for an upcoming program, call 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org/Indiana.
“Diagnosis in the early stages of the disease allows one to plan for their care and have necessary conversations with their care partner,” says Altmeyer. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias is an important step in getting appropriate treatment, care and support services.
Alzheimer’s Association 10 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. Changes in mood and personality.
Anyone with questions about Alzheimer’s disease or seeking information should contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 toll-free Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org/indiana. Experts are available to take calls from individuals concerned with their own cognitive health, as well as from family members and friends concerned about a family member and seeking resources.
“The Association has many programs designed for those in the early stages of memory loss,” says Altmeyer, “and we offer the care and support families need throughout the disease.”