Know the 10 Signs: Alzheimer’s Awareness

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Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. KREX 5 and FOX 4 believe this disease is something everyone needs to know about. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, but we want to get a head start on informing.

On Thursday, September 26th, tune in for advice and facts from an Alzheimer’s expert on our 5 pm broadcast. In addition, on Saturday, September 28th, Rob Hagan will have a full report on the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on all weekend broadcasts following the event. As always, you can find both these stories right here on our website after they air.

Make sure to keep checking in with KREX 5 and FOX 4 for Alzheimer’s information over the next few months.

Here is a brief overview of the 10 Signs:

Memory loss that disrupts daily life. A typical age-related memory change is occasionally forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later. A common sign of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stages, is forgetting recently learned information. The increasing need to rely on memory aids, like reminder notes, or family members for things that one previously handled on their own is a sign.

Challenges in planning or solving problems. Making occasional errors, such as checkbook balancing, is not uncommon. If a person experiences changes in the ability to follow a plan or work with numbers, or has difficulty concentrating and completing a task, that may be a concern.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks. People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. They may have trouble driving to a familiar location, budgeting, or remembering the rules of a familiar game.

Confusion with time or place. Losing track of dates, seasons and the passage of time is another indication. Sometimes people with Alzheimer’s can forget where they are or how they got there.

Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. For some individuals, vision problems can be a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.

New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (such as calling a “watch” a “hand clock”).

Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Putting things in unusual places and being unable to find them. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing – with more frequency over time.

Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer’s may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may also pay less attention to grooming and personal cleanliness.

Withdrawal from work or social activities. Some individuals may avoid being social because of changes they’re experiencing, removing themselves from usual hobbies or work.

Changes in mood and personality. Increased incidences of confusion, suspicion, depression, fear or anxiety can be a sign.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 bilingual Helpline at 800-272-3900 for more information.

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