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  Jaunary Marks National Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Jan 03, 2014 11:35 ET

January marks Canada’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and we would like to make sure our residents know where they can turn to for answers, assistance or support. In 2013, DRPS responded to 704 adult missing person calls, which includes a number of people who wandered away due Alzheimer’s symptoms.

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that affects more than 740,000 people in Canada, and no one is immune. Women and men from all backgrounds can suffer from this disease, although twice as many women as men have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is important to know how to recognize the signs and symptoms so treatment can be sought as soon as possible.

Symptoms include:
Memory loss
Difficulty completing regular tasks
Mood swings
Behavioural changes

The symptoms can be easily confused with the aging process, so make sure you follow up with a doctor if you suspect you or a loved one may have it. This will help to ensure proper care and education about how to live with the disease.

Please visit the Alzheimer Society of Durham website for more information and resources.

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