Today is World's Alzheimer's Day, a day set aside to make us aware of how recognize the symptoms of early onset dementia and Alzheimer's and to encourage us all to work together toward a cure for these dreaded diseases.
According to Alzheimer's Disease International, there are a number of early symptoms we may recognize as signs of early onset dementia.
Every person is unique and dementia affects people differently - no two people will have symptoms that develop in exactly the same way. An individual's personality, general health and social situation are all important factors in determining the impact of dementia on him or her.
Symptoms vary between Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, but there are broad similarities between them all. The most common signs are memory loss and the loss of practical abilities, which can lead to withdrawal from work or social activities. If you think that these problems are affecting your daily life, or the life of someone you know, you should talk to your doctor.
The most common early symptoms of dementia are:
n Memory loss.
n Difficulty performing familiar tasks.
n Problems with language.
n Disorientation to time and place.
n Poor or decreased judgement.
n Problems with keeping track of things.
n Misplacing things.
n Changes in mood or behavior.
n Changes in personality.
n Loss of initiative.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about a friend or relative, visit your doctor and discuss your concerns.
To help families with respite care of family members with Alzheimer's and dementia, Respite Angels, an Estherville-based organization that provides temporary volunteer caregivers for families of persons with Alzheimer's and dementia disorders, will hold its second annual Angel Day 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Masonic Temple at 2003 Central Ave. in Estherville.
Scalloped potatoes and ham or chicken noodle casserole, salads, bars and drink will be available for $7. There will also be a bake sale with all proceeds going to support respite care.
All donations to Respite Angels are tax deductible and may be send to: Respite Angels, P.O. Box 318, Estherville, IA 51334.