Alzheimer’s – Early Detection Makes a Difference

By Suzanne Holman • March 30th, 2011

 

Alzheimer's Early Detection AllianceRecently,  Suzanne Holman International became a member of the Alzheimer's Association Early Detection Alliance.  It's an honor to have our company be part of this group that is helping to spread awareness of Alzheimer's disease.  

The goal of the Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance is to educate everyone about the major warning signs of Alzheimer's.  The Alliance also shares the resources that are available to those who see signs of the disease in themselves or their loved ones or coworkers.

Many people do not know how to recognize if the memory changes they see in someone may be a serious health problem.  When Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed too late, the opportunity to get the best help for both the patient and the caregivers is often lost.

When I saw these new resources put out by the Alzheimer's Association, I wanted to share them with you not only to educate yourself, but to inform others.

Doctor's Appointment Checklist.pdf  (immediate download – free)

10 warning signs of Alzheimer's checklist (link to web page)

There are also two E-Courses being offered, at no cost, by the Alzheimer's Association:

As much as we'd like to think that we won't have to experience this dreaded disease, the reality is that all of us will know someone, in our lifetime, who develops Alzheimer's Disease.  

If you recognize any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's in yourself or in a friend or family member, it's really important that you not ignore them.  Getting into a doctor early can help you explore what treatments are available that my be helpful in relieving symptoms and keeping your independence longer.  

If you do receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer's early enough, you will be competent to take part in all the decisions that need to made for your future care.  How will you get around?  Where will you live?  What financial and legal arrangements need to be made?  

Understanding why there are so many changes taking place in the newly diagnosed Alzheimer's patient gives a little clarity to the family.    It also helps the family get support that would be helpful for them and for the Alzheimer's patient.

Take advantage of these free resources from the Alzheimer's Association to educate yourself so that you can be more aware of changes in yourself or in those you love.  

Learn the signs so that you can take action. With early detection, there are more choices for treatment and support.

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Congratulations on joining this organization and thank you for the resources. It's such an important topic and we should all know the warning signs and possibilities. Thanks.

 

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