Could it Be Alzheimer’s? Early Detection Matters and What Employers Can Do to Support Working Caregivers
The aging population is growing in Hawaii and soon there will be a number of individuals in the workplace who may have to provide care for their loved ones. Here's why Hawaii businesses should care about the Alzheimer's crisis.
Just like the rest of our bodies, our brains change as we age. Most of us eventually notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other changes in the way our minds work may be a sign of cognitive decline.
10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- 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
Visit alz.org/10signs for more information about the 10 Warning Signs.
If you notice any of these warning signs in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Have a conversation with your doctor today. With early detection, you can explore treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer, as well as increase your chances of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance research.
The Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii is here to help! We offer education programs, support groups, and an array of other services to support individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, including a 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Why Should Hawaii Businesses Care About the Alzheimer’s Crisis?
“We are seeing that the aging population is growing,” says LJ Duenas, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii. “In the coming years, the number of individuals in the workplace who may have to provide care for their kupuna will grow; employers will need to provide assistance for working caregivers if they want to remain productive and competitive.”
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