November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Susan visited her 86-yearold mother, Georgia, over the holidays. Georgia has lived alone for over 20 years. Susan noticed that a lot of mail and papers had accumulated on the dining room table. Since this was uncharacteristic of her mother, Susan asked Georgia about it over dinner one night.
“I’m working to get my payments in order because I think the bank messed up some of my checks, and now they’re hassling me,” Georgia said.
Susan reviewed her mother’s checkbook and found multiple errors. As they went over Georgia’s papers, Susan realized her mother was having a difficult time following their conversation. Susan also noticed that Georgia’s memory was not as sharp as it used to be. Georgia had never forgotten her grandchildren’s birthdays before, but she didn’t remember that her youngest grandson was turning 8 years old the following week.
Is Georgia’s memory loss a natural part of aging? It’s true that as we age, the brain experiences changes that can affect how well we remember things and how long it takes us to perform familiar tasks. But the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much more severe than simple lapses in memory.
When memory problems and related challenges begin to disrupt everyday life, the cause may be something more serious than normal aging. It could be due to Alzheimer’s disease, but it could also be due to a host of other conditions – some of which are reversible. Because some causes of memory loss are treatable, it’s imperative to seek a full evaluation by a qualified physician if you notice any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease identified by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Knowing the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease can help you recognize changes in yourself or those close to you that may be more than just normal aging. If you notice any of these signs, it’s crucial to see a doctor for a diagnostic evaluation, which can identify Alzheimer’s disease with over 90% accuracy. Memory screenings offered outside of a doctor’s office are not substitutes for medical evaluations and cannot provide a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or any other dementia.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s can result in maximum benefits from available treatments; more time for financial, legal, and care planning; and more timely access to resources and services that can help those with the disease as well as their caregivers.
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The National Aphasia AssociationAs you know, technology surrounds us and changes by the second. There are many people with aphasia, caregivers and professionals who now rely on communicating via the internet. Below is a listing of aphasia blogs, online support groups and therapy programs.