Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2013 Vol. 1 - page 14

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Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland
What’s typical:
Sometimes feeling weary of work,
family and social obligations.
Changes in mood and personality.
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheim-
er’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious,
depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset
at home, at work, with friends or in places where they
are out of their comfort zone.
What’s typical:
Developing very specific ways of
doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is
disrupted.
Early Diagnosis
“Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other de-
mentias is an important step in getting appropriate
treatment, care and support service,” says Nancy Udel-
son, Executive Director, Cleveland Area Chapter.
Benefits of an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease:
• Benefit from treatments that may improve symptoms
and help maintain a level of independence longer
• Have more time to plan for the future
• Increase chances of successfully finding a clinical
drug trial through Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch,
helping advance research
• Participate in decisions about their care, transporta-
tion, living options, financial and legal matters
• Develop a relationship with doctors and care partners
• Benefit from care and support services, making it eas-
ier for them and their family to manage the disease.
Editorial provided by Melissa Fitzgerald, Marketing Communications,
Alzheimer’s Association, Cleveland Area Chapter.
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