According to new data from 21 states recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 80 percent of people aged 60 and older who are having worsening memory problems have not talked to a health care professional. Having discussions with a health care provider about memory problems when they first occur is important for an early and accurate Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
This new data underscores the importance of efforts to promote early detection, diagnosis and intervention allowing a person the ability to get maximum benefits from treatments, more time for future planning and additional help for all of those affected. It’s often difficult to know the difference between typical age-related changes and the first signs. Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters, the Alzheimer’s Association’s national early detection campaign, can help you to recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
The 10 signs include:
- Memory changes that disrupt daily life
- Challenges 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 judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the 10 warning signs, please see a doctor to find the cause. For more information about the signs, early detection and diagnosis, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 877.474.8259 or visit www.alz.org/10signs.
For more information on the CDC study, full data sets as well as state-specific information please visit http://www.alz.org/publichealth/data-collection.asp.