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10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's Association Updated: Apr 17th 2009

It may be difficult to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer's. As part of its public education effort, the Alzheimer's Association has worked with a wide range group of experts to update its 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's to make them more current and user-friendly. The comprehensive review process included feedback from health professionals, clinicians, scientists and people with dementia.

elderly manThe revised warning signs are the cornerstore of Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters, the Alzheimer's Association's national early detection campaign. The signs are a key tool in promoting recognition of common changes that may facilitate early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's or another dementia. Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are vital because they provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.

The revised list describes the following signs:
  • 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
  • Changes in mood or personality

For more information about the updated 10 warning signs and early detection and diagnosis, contact the Alzheimer's Association at 877.IS.IT.ALZ (877-474-8259) or visit .

Reprinted by permission of the Alzheimer's Assocation. 2009 Alzheimer's Association. All rights reserved.

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Alzheimers clients - Paula - May 7th 2009

Alzheimer's Disease is very similar to Dementia. I was a Support Worker for the elderly for 7yrs. Most of my clients had dementia but there was a few that had Alzheimers.

The only thing that I know are different are that Alzheimers clients tend to sleep a lot. Also, with Alzheimers, they can become agressive. But... They can with Dementia! Well... They did with me. You had to have eyes in the back of your head.

 I really felt for these clients as it wasn't there fault! They knew some thing was wrong but didn't know what? It was so frustrating for them.

I used to sit there for hours, listening to their stories. How they used to live, what they got up to, about their work and the war! How times have changed! For the worst I must say?

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