As a reminder, this series is going through the warning signs of dementia found at this link: LINK
“And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.” 2 Sam. 7:28
This piece is essentially swiped from the end of the Alzheimer’s Association article on warning signs. Here are the key links they point to to support our last couple weeks’ work:
Allow me to add some non Alz.org links to this end that I found particularly helpful. Some of these links are to more solid sources than others, but they are all quite helpful in seeing and addressing the warning signs.
Link Some of this was overview, but it was detailed enough to justify a look.
Link (Apathy was added…very helpful reminder)
Link (This brings up an interesting set of stats and is worth your time.
Link Well rounded piece from a source that isn’t always that way.
Link This was very useful as a way to further differentiate types with symptoms.
Link Generally avoided jargon and simplified the topic.
Link This piece added some warning signs that were tangents of the standard 10, but were still helpful.
Link Several good links on this review page.
Link Some good info and links and a good reminder that one warning sign isn’t necessarily enough.
Link Solid review of the topic from a trusted source.
Link Good, pithy article.
Link Good overview piece.
Link Things that mimic dementia.
So what can we conclude from this 2 week series? Here are a few generalities:
- There are a lot of red flags…warning signs…and we have to keep an eye out for them for at-risk folks.
- The problem should rise to something that hinders daily living. Everyone forgets where they left their car keys now and then…but every day? Forget how to start a car?
- Along this same idea: forgetting a lot and falling and struggling and (enter your warning sign here) is/are NOT normal parts of aging.
- Early detection means early treatment…the only way treatment does much good.
- There are many things that mask dementia. That is why we talk to the doc…to eliminate these treatable things.
- There are lots of folks who want to help, but it is up to you to get the ball rolling…
I wish we could rid the world of this mess…It steals memories…and lives…of some of the most amazing folks you will ever meet. Join us in fighting this mess. 🙂 There are jobs for everyone in the struggle!
Update: I get to see mom in the morning tomorrow outside, unless it is storming. Looking forward, but not optimistic that it will happen soon, to seeing her over supper like it was for the first 1.5 years she was there.
Dad Joke: What do you call a pudgy psychic? A four-chin teller.
I realize the links are somewhat of a cop out, but one person cannot read and know it all…but if 1,000 of us scoured the world for ideas, service techniques, tips and the like, imagine what we could all know collectively!