Courage in the Face of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The world as we know it can change in a day, especially with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.  As challenging as the disease can be, it is possible to face it with courage.

 Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. It starts in the brain, destroying memory and thinking skills and eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks of daily living. 

 Facing Alzheimer’s with courage means having the courage to take the first steps. 

You may not coach the winningest basketball team, but you can get in the game by making an appointment for an assessment. Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. recommends an assessment and early diagnosis to ensure proactive treatment options, which can prolong the quality of your life or of someone you love.

If you’re worried about yourself or someone you love and notice the following possible indicators of dementia, consider an assessment or contacting Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. for FREE support, referrals and care-consultations:

  • Memory loss, especially for important events, names, placement of objects, and other new information.
  • Disorientation to time and place: forgetting where you are, how you got there and how to get home.
  • Struggle to complete familiar actions: brushing teeth, getting dressed, or placing a telephone call.
  • Trouble finding the appropriate words, completing sentences, and following directions and conversations.
  • Poor judgment: wearing several shirts on a warm day or giving money excessively to solicitors.
  • Changes in mood and personality: increased suspicion, mood swings, or social withdrawal.
  • Difficulty with complex mental assignments: tasks involving numbers or following directions.

Make sure your game plan to face Alzheimer’s includes up-to-date information.  Alzheimer’s Tennessee is offering Caring & Coping caregiver training in Knox County on Wednesday, March 12 and a free Alzheimer’s 101 class in Smith County on Thursday, February 13.

 And you can literally take steps to stop Alzheimer’s at the Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee WALK on Saturday, April 12 by WALKing or donating to support education and promising research.

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