Recognize the warning signs

Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is best

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and there is no time like the present to learn the warning signs of the disease and how they differ from general age-related brain decline. Friends and family may become concerned before a person notices any changes in memory, behavior or abilities, while other times a person might recognize indicators of the disease before it becomes apparent to anyone else. Look out for memory loss that makes planning, problem solving or completing simple tasks challenging. Confusion with time and place or difficulty speaking and writing also could be signs of something more serious. Be mindful of mood or personality changes and withdrawal from work or social activities. Poor judgment and the propensity to misplace things also are concerning behaviors. If you or someone you care about are experiencing any of these signs, consult a doctor. Early diagnosis allows for prompt treatment and planning for the future.