Recognize the Signs
If you notice any of the following symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, make an appointment with a physician in order to obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Memory loss is probably one of the main signs of Alzheimer's disease but also the most difficult to discover because—let's face it—we forget things as we get older. So, how do you know the difference between common forgetfulness and Alzheimer's disease? For starters, forgetting things, such as an appointment or to pick something up from the store, is a common occurrence. But, with this, it is usually remembered at some point later on down the line—possibly later that day or the next. With Alzheimer's, forgetting recently learned information or asking the same questions over and over is a common symptom.
Confusion is also a sign of Alzheimer's disease. If your loved one is having difficulty keeping track of important dates, different seasons, or having trouble understanding how they got somewhere, it may be important to make an appointment with a physician for further evaluation.
It is also important to notice any changes in mood or personality of your loved one. We are all going to have bad days and moments. However, if they suddenly become withdrawn from hobbies and pastimes they used to love and enjoy or become easily upset when they are out of their comfort zone, these could all be signs of dementia.
We offer a FREE 12-Star Family Support Group the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to come! This support group is Knoxville’s only support venue offering an elder with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease the opportunity to have fun and socialize in a safe environment, while allowing the caregiver a much needed break and the ability to gain education and support. Each month will have a different curriculum. Attend all 12 months and become 12 Star certified!
We also have Family Support groups in Johnson City as Follows:
Family Support Group : 3rd Thursday at 10am
Men’s Only Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: 4th Monday at 6:30pm