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Caring and Coping: A Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Assistance

What's Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

It is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. It accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

It is not a normal part of aging and dementia symptoms worsen over time. There is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, though there are treatments for symptoms.

What are the warning signs?

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia or are experiencing symptoms, help is just a phone call away.

The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900

A trusted resource for reliable information, education, referral and support to millions of people affected by the disease.

Broward 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 or 954-537-0211

Provides individuals and families with all of the critical connections to health and human service agencies and programs they need in just one call.

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Wes's Law

Just because an individual may not look like they have a disability, does not mean they do not. The Wes Kleinert Fair Interview Act, also known as Wes’s Law, is a first-of-its-kind law that provides protections for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interviewed or questioned by law enforcement.

What you need to know:

  • The law allows suspects or victims on the autism spectrum— or their parents, guardian or advocate—to request a mental health expert be present during law enforcement interviews or questioning to help them better understand the situation.
  • It also creates a voluntary new designation on state identification cards that makes it easier for law enforcement to identify those with a developmental disability so we can better interact with them.

“Wes’s Law is a great first step in treating those struggling with disabilities with dignity. At BSO, we vow to stay at the forefront of new policies and initiatives aimed at providing added protections for this special population.” - Sheriff Scott Israel


















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