Everyone has their own story of how they discovered a loved one was experiencing memory loss. One of my girlfriends tells the story of a family friend who picked her daughter up from school and said she thought the weather was cooling and it would be a perfect night to make chili for dinner. So they went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients and went home to enjoy a dinner of chili. The next night the Mom picked up her daughter from school and again said the weather was cooling and she thought it would be a good night to make chili for dinner. She forgot they had chili the previous night. When this happened a third time, the family began to compare notes and realized something was not right.
The Alzheimer's Association offers many wonderful educational programs to help seniors and family members understand how to best deal with this disease - knowledge is power, especially when you have the luxury of early diagnosis.
The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease, courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association:
1) Memory loss
2) Difficulty performing familiar tasks
3) Problems with language
4) Disorientation to time and place
5) Poor or decreased judgment
6) Problems with abstract thinking
7) Misplacing things
8) Changes in mood or behavior
9) Changes in personality
10) Loss of initiative
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