November 1, 2011
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month as well as National Family Caregiver Month. To appreciate the breadth of these issues, it is helpful to understand that the Alzheimer’s Association reports that in 2011 there are 5.4 million people living with the disease, about 15 million unpaid family caregivers, and $183 billion in annual costs associated with it.
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a physical and terminal illness that causes difficulties with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is not a normal part of aging.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease:
- Memory changes that disrupt daily life;
- Challenges in planning or solving problems;
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks;
- Confusion with time or place;
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships;
- New problems with words in speaking or writing;
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps;
- Decreased or poor judgment;
- Withdrawal from work or social activities; and
- Changes in mood and personality.
Alzheimer’s gets worse over time; however...
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by: Todd C. Ratner