After numerous doctor’s visits, Ed Patterson was convinced that he was not experiencing any symptoms of Alzheimer’s as per his doctor’s remarks. He decided to take part in a clinical trial, which allowed for an MRI and the results came back that he did, in fact, have Alzheimer’s. Ed traveled to Washington DC to advocate for Alzheimer’s and also for himself. After DC, Ed realized he had a voice and decided to speak out about Alzheimer’s more locally. Ed recently spoke out at his place of residence, Summit Greens to a women’s group.
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:
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 25/7 helpline at 800.272.3900 (TTY: 866.403.3073).