The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is looking for your help to help improve the quality life of Alzheimer sufferers and pushing to find a cure 5$ at a time. Your 5$ donation (or increments of) will support the Alzheimer Society and all of the families suffering from the disease.
Often the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is noticed during the holiday season. Visits with family members that you may not have seen for a long time can make signs of dementia more noticeable.
Here are some of the signs to look out for:
1. Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities – forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.
2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks – forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life, such as preparing a meal or getting dressed.
3. Problems with language – forgetting words or substituting words that don’t fit the context.
4. Disorientation in time and space – not knowing what day of the week it is or getting lost in a familiar place.
5. Impaired judgment – not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.
6. Problems with abstract thinking – not understanding what numbers signify on a calculator, for example, or how they’re used.
7. Misplacing things – putting things in strange places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
8. Changes in mood and behaviour – exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick-tempered.
9. Changes in personality – behaving out of character such as feeling paranoid or threatened.
10. Loss of initiative – losing interest in friends, family and favourite activities.
Although there is no cure you can take steps to ensure that your brain stays healthy.Whether you’re experiencing possible symptoms or are concerned for someone you care about, the Alzheimer Society has developed the following list to help you:
- Be physically active.
- Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
- Track your numbers: keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight within recommended ranges.
- Stay connected socially and interact regularly with others.
- Make healthy food choices, eat a well-balanced and healthy diet rich in cereals, fish, legumes and vegetables.
- Reduce stress.
- Challenge your brain by trying something new, playing games or learning a new language.
- Protect your head by wearing a helmet when you engage in sporting activities.
I have a friend who has been very closely affected by Alzheimer’s disease. She has graciously accepted my request to share a first hand account with my readers. Please keep an eye out for her story shortly.