Warning Signs of Dementia

Warning Signs of Dementia

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The earlier the diagnosis, the better when it comes to dementia. It gives people time to learn, think and plan.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or problem solving
  • Difficulties in completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment (giving large amounts of money to questionable organizations)
  • Changes in mood and personality

(Source: The Alzheimer’s Association)

Who to Call for Help

Your local Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) is ready to help. Call the toll-free Information and Assistance Line
866-836-6678. The AAAD has information on CHOICES, OPTIONS, nutrition, elder abuse prevention, senior centers, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and other resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides continuous information and support. The call is toll-free, day or night. Dial
800-272-3900 (TDD 866-403-3073) for help with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals, medications, and much more. Confidential care consultation is even available from master’s level clinicians.

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