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Alzheimer's and the warning signs you must know

On Saturday, February 19, Dr. Yong Ki Song, a speaker from the Tzu Chi Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association community, introduced the top 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's for an event from the “East Meets West” cultural exchange series.

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Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease that destroys brain cells and gradually causes difficulties in thinking, memory, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia. Although drugs can alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer's it is a disease that is often fatal.

The most contributing factor in contracting Alzheimer's disease is age. Women are more susceptible because they live longer on average than men. The gene (ApoE-E4) also increases the risk, but it is not the only risk factor. A healthy brain and cardiovascular system can reduce the risk as well.

10 Warning Signs

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

  2. Having challenges in planning or solving problems

  3. Difficulty in performing familiar tasks

  4. Confusion with time and place

  5. Difficulty in understanding visual images and spatial relationships

  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing

  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

  8. Decreased or poor judgment

  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

  10. Changes in mood and personality

Diagnosing the symptoms early and getting the right treatment is key in fighting against Alzheimer’s.

Follow the following steps for diagnosis:

  • Learn more about the patient's medical history

  • Get a physical from a doctor

  • Take a psychological examination

  • Take a neurological examination

  • Get brain scans, like an MRI or a CAT scan

By catching Alzheimer's earlier, you have more time to plan for the future, including setting up a team of people to care for you, establishing a social support network, as well as planning for legal and financial matters.

For more information that can help people with Alzheimer's, go to:

800-272-3900 (24-hour consultation line)

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