One of the reasons I became a Health Coach is because my mom developed Alzheimer's back in 2002. We fought the good fight for 17 years. I learned much about the disease and once she passed in April of 2019, I became a volunteer community educator and advocate for the Alzheimer's Association. In this article, I share with you the importance of early detection. I noticed a change in my mom immediately and got her to a doctor and that enabled me to be able to plan.
According to the Alzheimer's Assocation, there are 50 million people worldwide living with dementia. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.
Early detection of Alzheimer's Disease is crictical for planning purposes for individuals and their families. There are 10 Warning Signs shared by the Alzheimer's Association
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with workds in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to restrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mmod and personality
If you or someone you know if experiencing any of these signs, please get them to a doctor as soon as possible. It may or may not be Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia, but finding out can be key in proper planning.
If you want additional information contact the 24/7 number for Alzheimers at 800.272.3900 or go to alz.org.