As we age, our mind isn't as sharp as it once was. Although we are just as smart as we were when we were younger, we may not be as fast.
So how do we know when we should be worried about whether we might be developing Alzheimer's Disease? This question is especially important if we consider that early detection of Alzheimer's can make a world of difference for those who suffer from it and their families as well.
Most everyone has entered a room and forgotten what they went in there for, or we've misplaced our car keys or can't remember someone's name. This is to be expected, especially as we age. But when our memory lapses begin to be more frequent and affect our daily lives, it is time to determine if it is normal aging or if it could be something more serious.
Sometimes, it is not the individual who is suffering from Alzheimer's who notices it first; it can be their friends and loved ones.
One reason that it can be so difficult for a person to notice is that the onset of Alzheimer's is very gradual. Just as we don't realize that our fingernails are continually growing, the onset of Alzheimer's can be hard to notice.
That is part of the problem with Alzheimer's Disease—few people recognize the signs themselves. There are actually 10 signs that will help a person recognize if a doctor's visit for further evaluation is in order. Knowing the 10 signs is key to early diagnosis and planning for increased quality of life.
Join the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter for a free program in Joliet entitled "Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters" from 10 to 11:30 AM Wednesday, January 23. It will be held at the Joliet Junior College Main Campus in Joliet.
The program will teach participants the 10 signs of Alzheimer's Disease in order to equip them to know when memory lapses are something to be concerned about.
There is no cost for this program, but registration is required to reserve a seat. Those interested in attending can register by calling the Alzheimer's Association office at 847 933 2413.