Overview: Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia (60 to 80 percent of cases), and dementia is decreased mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life.
The Alzheimer’s Association identifies the following 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and for each, gives examples as well as a comparison with typical age-related changes.
1. Memory loss that interferes with daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty in completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10.Changes in mood and personality
More detailed information on the above warning signs and how they differ from typical age related changes may be found on the Alzheimer’s Association website. at http: //www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp.
Additional information on Alzheimer’s, dementia, caregiving, and how the faith community can help is provided at the following Health Power locations: Aging Channel, Mental Health Channel, and in Dr. Goodwin’s slide presentation on “The Aging Brain and What the Faith Community Can Do”. [Click Here]