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The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts.

What is Alzheimer’s - Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

What are some early signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

Early detection gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.

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On Tuesday, March 12 from 9-11 a.m., Elizabeth Hagemann, Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, will present information on how to recognize the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly-held fears about Alzheimer’s in America. Hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

Call your LifeSpan Center at 217-639-5150 to sign up for the Caregiver Brunch: 10 Warning Signs on Tuesday, March 12 from 9–11 a.m.. A complimentary brunch is sponsored by Heritage Woods of Charleston.

Need a ride? Contact Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program at 217-639-5169 to schedule your pick-up.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. The telephone number is 217-639-5150. The numbers for the programs are as follows: Coles County Telecare -- 217-639-5166; Family Care Giver Resource Center -- 217-639-5168 and Dial A Ride -- 217-639-5169 or 1-800-500-5505. See you at your LifeSpan Center.

Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.” Peace Meals are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, contact Peace Meal at 217-348-1800.

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