Lynchburg, VA - November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.
And with the holidays just around the corner, the Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia wants to make sure you know the warning signs.
Look for things like:
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Challenges in planning or solving problems
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure
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
And changes in mood and personality
"There's a difference between normal aging and Alzheimer's, and many people assume that there isn't. There's cognitive abilities may decrease a bit as we get older," said Jane Massie, the development manager for the group.
The Alzheimer's Association has a 24-hour help line if you need to speak to someone.
The number is 1.800.272.3900.