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Health Brief

June 4, 2020

Exploring Alzheimer Disease (AD)

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease identified in several stages. In mild AD, a person has increased trouble making sense of the world around them. AD is often diagnosed at this stage. Problems can include:

  • Poor judgment leading to bad decisions
  • Loss of spontaneity or sense of initiative
  • Repeating questions / memory loss
  • Trouble handling money such as paying bills
  • Wandering or getting lost
  • Losing things or misplacing them in odd places
  • Mood and personality changes (anger, anxiety)

In the moderate stage of AD, increased supervision and care become necessary. Symptoms may include:

  • Increased memory loss and confusion
  • Problems recognizing family or friends
  • Difficulty organizing thoughts and thinking logically
  • Problems reading, writing, and working numbers
  • Shortened attention span / difficulty carrying out multistep tasks, such as getting dressed
  • Hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia
  • Impulsive behavior (such as undressing inappropriately or using vulgar language)
  • Restlessness, agitation, aggression/anger, anxiety, tearfulness, wandering-especially in the late afternoon or evening (Sundowners Syndrome)

Answers to Whacky Wednesday funnies:

  • Why did the scarecrow win an award? He was “outstanding” in his field
  • What do you call 2 Octopuses that look alike? They are “I-tentical”
  • Why did the picture go to jail? It was “Framed”

Thursday “Threezers”: What do these have in common?

  • Your Anniversary, Mother’s Day, The Alamo
  • Queen, Vixen, Mare
  • A wall, A horse farm, An earring shop
  • Drake, Rooster, Gander

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