GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Visiting with relatives over the holidays is something many of us look forward to; however, a visit might also raise questions about the physical and cognitive health of family members.
Although some change in cognitive ability can occur with age, serious memory problems are not a part of normal aging.
Deborah Richman, Education and Outreach for the Alzheimer's Association, joined KARE 11 News @4 to talk about signs to watch for.
10 Warning Signs that can help people identify when to see a doctor:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
3. Difficulty 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.
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias is an important step in getting appropriate treatment, care and support services.
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.
If you have questions or concerns, call the Alzheimer's 24-hour Helpline: 800-272-3900
Or head to Alzheimer's Minnesota-North Dakota.
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