The rich sound of “ ‘S Wonderful” wafts through George Dalman’s Fayetteville home as he plays his tenor saxophone, a gift from his wife.
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Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Georgia Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan Task Force
Sixty Plus at Piedmont
24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900
Alzheimer’s Association’s Alzheimer and Dementia Caregiver Center
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as forgetting recently learned information and important dates; asking for the same information repeatedly; and an increased reliance on aids such as notes or electronic devices.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems. People may have trouble developing or following a plan or working with numbers. They may have difficulty concentrating or keeping track of monthly bills.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to familiar places or remembering the rules of a favorite game.
- People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may also have a hard time understanding something if it is not happening immediately. They may forget where they are or how they got there.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing. They may have trouble following or joining a conversation or stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue, or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment with things such as dealing with money, such as giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities such as sports or hobbies.
- Changes in mood and personality. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset.
Source: Alzheimer’s Association