Long Branch: Outreach program’s Rose Berger, MSW, presented a brief discussion about amnesia, and Alzheimer disease at the July 30 regular weekly meeting of the Old Guard of Long Branch.
The talk was designed to share informative with mostly older adults in a seminar to alert them about the disease, its origin and how one might address it when signs appear in their lives.
She said for more detailed information people can go on line to www.alz.org/nj.
She summarized some of the signs as shown below. Most occur just sometimes but may become more frequent. A check with a professional may be called for. The examples:
1. Memory changes that disrupt everyday life such as forgetting names or appointments, butRemembering them later.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems like making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. Occasionally needing help using settings on a microwave or to record a television show.
4. Confusion with time or place. Getting mixed up about the day of the week, but figuring it out later.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Vision changes related to cataracts.
6. Problems with words in speaking or writing. Sometimes trouble finding the right word.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Misplacing things such as a pair of glasses or TV remote control.
8. Decreased or poor judgment. Making a bad decision once in a while.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.
10. Changes in mood and personality. Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.
Ms. Berger answered a few questions and encouraged her audience to contact the Association Helpline at 800-272-3900 at any time day or night
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