It is important to know that you are not alone in your battle against Alzheimer’s Disease or the many other cognitive impairments as we age. There are many community resources available to help you in your battle.
This month on Call the Doctor, our goal is to get you in touch with the resources throughout the region. We will share personal stories from those whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, and talk with a variety of local doctors, clinicians, and representatives from organizations prepared to help you in your battle.
To learn more about dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900 or click here
The Pennsylvania Aging & Disability Resources Center has a toll-free number to call for more information when dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. The number to call is 800-753-8827.
Episode 2: Support & Actions
Episode 1: Diagnosis & Resources
Insights from Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association
Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses dementia's impact on Pennsylvania
Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses research advancements
Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses the association's status
Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses reasons for hope
Clay Jacobs of the Alzheimer's Association discusses legislation
Alzheimer's Disease Support
7 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease (provided by our partners at NextAvenue)
The purpose of this list is to alert the public to the early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.
If someone has several or even most of these symptoms, it does not mean they definitely have the disease.
It does mean they should be thoroughly examined by a medical specialist trained in evaluating memory disorders, or by a comprehensive memory disorder clinic, with an entire team of experts knowledgeable about memory problems.
- Asking the same question over and over again.
- Repeating the same story, word for word, again and again
- Forgetting how to cook, or how to make repairs, or how to play cards — activities that were previously done with ease and regularity.
- Losing one's ability to pay bills or balance one's checkbook.
- Getting lost in familiar surroundings, or misplacing household objects.
- Neglecting to bathe, or wearing the same clothes over and over again, while insisting that a bath has been taken or that the clothes are clean.
- Relying on someone else, like a spouse, to make decisions or answer questions they previously would have handled themselves.
From NPR Health
From NPR Health
Factors linked to Alzheimer's and how doctors diagnose the disease
How to help someone with Alzheimer's put their affairs in order
From PBS NewsHour
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