Sep 22, 2010 12:24 AM by John Romero

Alzheimer's: What you need to know

In the last week, two elderly men in Colorado Springs wandered off from their families and became lost. At least one of the men suffered from dementia. Thankfully both were eventually found, but it points to the concerns of families with loved ones who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

The disease can set in as early as age 65 and even sooner. But as we age, the rates skyrocket. "Where we really start to see the numbers jump are more around 75. About 50% of people at the age of 85 will develop Alzheimer's." explains Barbara Caudle with the Alzheimer's Association.
Some warning signs of Alzheimer's include difficulty completing tasks, a change in character or mood and most of all memory loss. "It starts when you forget several things... like the basics." explains Renee Hoskinson with Silver Key Senior Services, "Like who the president year or what the year is, those are the times to start being a little more concerned and look a little bit further into what's going on."

For any family, the best option is to be observant of your loved one and prepared for what may come. "Go start looking before it becomes an issue or a problem." says Hoskinson, "If you start seeing some of the little signs, go ahead and start asking questions." The sooner you start asking questions, the sooner your family can start understanding what your loved one is going through.

CLICK HERE for the Alzheimer's Association website

CLICK HERE for Silver Key Senior Service's website



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