Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease Revised by the Alzheimer’s Association of America
Posted Oct 24 2010 6:14am
By Carole B. Larkin Alzheimer's Reading Room
The Alzheimer’s Association of America has revised its 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
In order to promote early detection and early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease the Alzheimer’s Association of America has updated its list of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The Association is doing this because early diagnosis and early intervention (read administration of Alzheimer’s drugs) provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.
The revised warning signs are as follows
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 while speaking or writing
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Decreased or poor judgment
Withdrawal from work or social activities
Changes in mood or personality.
I think that the revision is improvement because it is a little more specific regarding other issues beside memory loss.
Carole Larkin MAG, CMC, DCP, EICS is a geriatric care manager who specializes in helping families with Alzheimer’s and related dementias issues. She also trains caregivers in home care companies, assisted livings, memory care communities, and nursing homes in dementia specific techniques for best care of dementia sufferers. ThirdAge Services LLC , is located in Dallas, TX.