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Recognizing the warning signs of dementia, Alzheimer's

Erica Zucco
December 20, 2017 07:41 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - During the holiday season, many people may spend time with family members they haven’t seen in a while, and may notice changes that indicate something different from normal signs of aging.

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Tina De La Luz, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico, says loved ones should watch for warning signs that could mean it is time for a consultation with a doctor.

Those include memory loss, trouble solving problems,  difficulty completing familiar tasks or chores, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding what someone sees or hears, problems with words in speaking or writing, misplacing things and not knowing where to look, decreased or poor judgment, withdrawal from work or social activities, and changes in mood and personality. (Learn more about them here: https://www.alz.org/10-signs-symptoms-alzheimers-dementia.asp)

After noticing these signs, De La Luz says it’s a good idea to talk with other family members, see what they’ve noticed, and decide who would be the best person to approach a loved one.

“Some people you can sit down and have that gentle conversation with them, and they’re fine,” said De La Luz. “Other people may be resistant, want nothing to do with a doctor, and get upset.”

If that’s the case, De La Luz says to step down from the conversation in that moment, and to let someone relax before bringing it up again. For guidance on how to approach the conversation and what steps to take next, contact the Alzheimer’s Association of New Mexico for help.

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