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It may be hard to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s.

Courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Ohio Branch

This June, during Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, join the Alzheimer's Association to help raise awareness of this devastating disease. You can start by learning and sharing the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease.

It may be hard to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer's.

Some people may recognize changes in themselves before anyone else notices. Other times, friends and family will be the first to observe changes in memory, behavior or abilities.

To help identify problems early, the Alzheimer's Association has created a list of warning signs for Alzheimer's and other dementias. Individuals may experience one or more of these in different degrees:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.

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 someone you care about is experiencing any of these signs, please see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for your future.

To learn more about warning signs, visit alz.org/10signs or call the Alzheimer's Association free 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 (TTY: 866-403-3073).

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