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?
- Memory loss that disrupts 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 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.