Detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s

You read about it in the news almost every day. Alzheimer’s is one of the most prevalent diseases in today’s society. So how do you know if you or a loved one might be at risk? There are 10 warning signs and symptoms; these come from the Alzheimer’s Association.

  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 or personality

Know that every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees, and they could be completely unrelated to Alzheimer’s. But if you notice any of them with a loved one or yourself and have questions, check with your doctor. Early detection goes a long way in treatment and preparing for the future.

On April 9, Alicia Seaver, a certified memory care specialist and Executive Director at our Bridges by EPOCH community in Hingham, will give a presentation “Signs and Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease” at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Westford Regency, 219 Littleton Road. For details, call 978-692-9541 or click here. 

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