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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September is World Alzheimer's Month

Since Septemer is World Alzheimer's Month, I wanted to post some information and links to help you find reputable information on the Internet.

The National Institute on Aging has a helpful list of symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease by stage:

Mild Alzheimer's disease
-getting lost
-trouble handling money and paying bills
-repeating questions
-taking longer to complete normal daily tasks
-poor judgment
-losing things or misplacing them in odd places
-mood and personality changes

Alzheimer's disease is often diagnosed at this stage.

Moderate Alzheimer's disease
-increased memory loss and confusion
-problems recognizing family and friends
-inability to learn new things
-difficulty carrying out tasks that involve multiple steps (such as getting dressed)
-problems coping with new situations
-hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia
-impulsive behavior

Severe Alzheimer's disease
-inability to communicate
-weight loss
-skin infections
-difficulty swallowing
-groaning, moaning, or grunting
-increased sleeping
-lack of control of bowel and bladder

For more information on Alzheimer's Disease, check out these useful links:

Caregiver Stress (Alzheimer's Association)

Alzheimer's Disease (National Institute on Aging)

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease (Alzheimer's Association)

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