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Understanding the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and the path to early detection



As we age, it's common to experience occasional memory lapses or moments of forgetfulness. However, when memory loss starts to interfere with daily life and tasks, it could be indicative of a more serious condition like Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. Understanding the warning signs and seeking early detection are crucial steps in managing these conditions effectively.


On Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT, we invite you to join us at the King Library, located at 3436 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616, for an informative session on Alzheimer's awareness and early detection. This event aims to shed light on common signs of Alzheimer's, approaches to discussing memory concerns with loved ones, the significance of early diagnosis, available tests and assessments, and valuable resources provided by the Alzheimer's Association.


Here are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's:

1)    Memory Loss Disrupting Daily Life: Forgetting recently learned information, important dates, or events and relying on memory aids or loved ones for things they used to handle independently.

 

2)    Challenges in Problem-Solving or Planning: Difficulty concentrating, following a familiar recipe, or managing monthly bills.

 

3)    Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks: Struggling to drive to a familiar location, manage a budget, or remember the rules of a favorite game.

 

4)    Confusion with Time or Place: Losing track of dates, seasons, or the passage of time.

 

5)    Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships: Difficulty reading, judging distance, or determining color or contrast.

 

6)    New Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing: Struggling to follow or join a conversation, repeating oneself, or calling things by the wrong name.

 

7)    Misplacing Items and Unable to Retrace Steps: Putting things in unusual places, losing things, and being unable to retrace steps to find them.

 

8)    Decreased or Poor Judgment: Making poor decisions in everyday situations, such as giving large amounts of money to telemarketers.

 

9)    Withdrawal from Work or Social Activities: Losing interest in hobbies, social activities, work projects, or sports.

 

10) Changes in Mood and Personality: Becoming confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious.


Recognizing these signs early can lead to a timely diagnosis, allowing individuals and their families to access appropriate care and support services. At the event, attendees will also learn about the importance of discussing memory concerns with healthcare providers and the various tests and assessments used in the diagnostic process.

We encourage everyone to join us for this discussion. A light lunch will be provided, and together, we can increase awareness, understanding, and support for those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Remember, early detection can make a significant difference in managing the condition and improving the quality of life for both patients and their caregivers.


About the Alzheimer’s Association®: The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit alz.org or call 800.272-3900.

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