Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is observed in June as an opportunity to spread the word about and discuss Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The Alzheimer’s Association states, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Worldwide, more than 55 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms:
- Memory Loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenging in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.”
Community Hospital Clinics offer primary care in Wickenburg, Wittmann, Congress and through virtual Telehealth visits. If you or a loved one are in need of quality healthcare, please call 928-668-1833 or visit wickhosp.com and click “Request an Appointment” in the upper left corner of the page to schedule a visit today.