Senior Source Alzheimer's

9NEWS @ 4. 12/12/2016

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's allows individuals to access treatment medications, enroll in clinical trials of new treatment alternatives, plan their own future and receive support from the Alzheimer's Association. Early detection begins with recognizing the warning signs and talking with a doctor. Doctors can now diagnose Alzheimer's with 90% accuracy.

To understand what to look for, review these 10 Warning Signs:

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's.

  1. Memory Changes disrupt daily life.
    Not knowing people's names or where the car is parked
  2. Challenges planning and solving problems
    History as an accountant/bookkeeper, now unable to balance a checkbook or dial the phone
  3. Difficulty completing familiar task
    Can't make a pot of coffee or do the laundry
  4. Confusion with time and place
    Don't know it's nighttime, the season or own home address
  5. Trouble understanding spatial relationships or visual images
    Dark tiles are thought to be holes in the floor, often trip over curbs
  6. New problems with speaking or writing
    Can't find the word for familiar objects instead substitute description
  7. Misplace things in unusual places and unable to retrace steps
    Find purse in the fridge, car keys in the microwave oven
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
    Get easily lost driving, don't look before walking onto a busy street, forget a coat in the winter, write large checks to strangers
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
    Quit weekly bowling league or bridge group and become isolated
  10. Changes in mood or personality
    Normally pleasant, now grumpy or always angry

Wondering if there are ways to reduce your risk?

While we can't prevent Alzheimer's, here are a few steps we can take to keep our brains healthier as we age:

  • Adopt a brain healthy diet-low fat, high antioxidants, high omega-3
  • Exercise your brain with puzzles, Sudoku, math, balancing your checkbook, socializing
  • Stay physically fit
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Maintain a normal blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk for stroke
  • Watch your sugar levels
  • Reduce your risk for diabetes
  • Manage your stress and find effective ways to relax and regroup
  • Promote good circulation

For help from the Colorado Alzheimer's Association call 800.272.3900 or CLICK HERE


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