• August 17, 2022
  • Posted by General Electric Credit Union
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6.5 Americans Are Living with Alzheimer’s – Here Are the Signs to Look For

As of 2022, an estimated 6.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease.1 Unfortunately, experts expect this number to rise due to the isolation many people found themselves in during the COVID-19 pandemic.2 For this reason, it’s important to learn the symptoms and behaviors associated with the condition to ensure loved ones receive the support and resources they need to thrive. 

A closer look 

Forgetfulness

Forgetting recently learned information, important dates like birthdays or anniversaries, or reliance on memory aids like post-it notes are common signs of Alzheimer’s disease. This can occur when the parts of the brain responsible for creating and retrieving memories are targeted by the disease. 

Disorientation 

Vision changes are common with age. However, dementia can damage the visual-perceptual system and lead to even more disorientation. Some individuals may experience problems involving distance perception, contrast, and the ability to recognize objects or faces. These vision changes can distort how the individual perceives the world and may lead to anxiety, frustration, or confusion as a result. 

Number conundrums 

Individuals with dementia may find number-related tasks challenging – including their finances. Piles of late or unopened bills, out-of-character purchases, and missing money all indicate your loved one may be having trouble managing their finances. In addition, you may observe them struggling to count money or understand areas of their finances they had no problem with previously. An occasional error is fine, but a pattern is something to keep tabs on. 

These are just a few of the symptoms associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. For a full list and expert guidance, register online for GECU’s upcoming webinar August 24th at noon. 

An important conversation

The Alzheimer’s Association was founded in 1980 by caregivers and individuals who recognized a need for more support and research funding for Alzheimer’s disease. The Cincinnati chapter serves 37 counties across Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. Donations through the chapter stay in these communities to benefit your neighbors in need – so you can feel confident knowing your money is making an impact on a local level.    

Resources 

Help from the Alzheimer’s Association comes in many forms. Including: 

  • Family care consultations. A social worker or nurse will supply families with the education, support, and referral services they need to be there for loved ones. 
  • A 24/7 hotline. Call 800.272.3900 for a telephone assistance service that provides information, referrals to programs and resources, and supportive services.
  • Early-stage social engagement programs. From music programs to zoo trips, there are many exciting opportunities for individuals living with Alzheimer’s to express themselves and socialize. 

Interested in getting involved? GECU is sponsoring two upcoming events organized by the Alzheimer’s Association: the Walk to End Alzheimer's® in Cincinnati on October 1st; and in West Chester on September17th. Get the family together and register to raise funds and awareness for this disease. 

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