As we age, it is not uncommon to have ‘senior moments.’ Anyone who has ever forgotten where they left their keys or failed to remember the name of an old friend knows this feeling. But sometimes this forgetfulness can be a sign of something more serious, such as Alzheimer’s dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time. Eventually, they become severe enough to interfere with daily life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 10 early symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia. Knowing these signs can help you identify whether you may be at risk for developing the disease.
- Forgetting recently learned information: You may need constant reminders from family members to remember important dates and events.
- Difficulty in problem solving: You may be unable to work with numbers or keep track of monthly bills.
- Trouble with familiar tasks: You may have trouble following a favorite recipe. You may get lost driving to a familiar place.
- Confusion about place or time: You may forget where you are or even how you happened to be there. You may not know the date, the season or even the year.
- Vision problems: You may have trouble processing spatial relationships and visual images. You may also have difficulty judging distance or determining color.
- Difficulty speaking or writing: You may lose your train of thought while speaking or struggle with vocabulary. You may have trouble with the names of familiar objects.
- Unable to recover misplaced items: You may misplace something and be unable to retrace your steps to find it. Adding to this complication is that you may put the item in an unusual place.
- Poor judgment: You may pay less attention to keeping yourself clean or make other poor decisions.
- Withdrawal from favorite activities: Because of the inability to hold a conversation, you may skip social engagements.
- Personality changes: You may become easily upset, confused, depressed or anxious.
If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, see a doctor. You could get early intervention which may alleviate symptoms and help prolong your independence.
Seashore Gardens 5K/7K Run & Health Walk April 19th to Benefit Alzheimer’s Outreach
Run for a reason at the 10th Annual Seashore Gardens 5K/7K Run & Health Walk on Sunday, April 19, 2020 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at Tropicana Casino & Resort. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Alzheimer’s Outreach Services at Seashore Gardens Living Center (SGLC), an independent nonprofit Home for the Aged in Galloway Twp., N.J.
The runs begin at 9 a.m., followed by the health walk. The 5K and 7K will be run on a certified course with timing provided by AKSTS and JB Sports Timing. Though costumes are not required, participants are welcome to harness their inner super powers to combat Alzheimer’s and dementia, and dress accordingly. Wheelchair participants also are welcome.
Free parking is offered from 7 am to 12 noon at the Tropicana Havana Tower parking garage. Refreshments will be provided following the race. Pre-registration is available until Wednesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Preregistered participants will receive a t-shirt. Cost is $30 per person, or $25 for those aged 22 and under. Same-day registration will be available at the race for $40 per person, and does not include the t-shirt. Register online at http://seashoregardens.org.