Alzheimer’s Disease: Warning Signs and Caregiver Support
The Alzheimer’s Association offers these 10 early warning signs and symptoms that can signify Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals may experience them in different degrees. Consult a physician if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning and solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
Support for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
The Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter offers regularly scheduled gatherings for caregivers, family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Caregiver support groups enable people to discuss best practices and offer supportive listening. Monthly support groups facilitated by trained volunteers are held at the following locations in Philadelphia:
1st Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. – Abramson Center for Jewish Life, 12003 Bustleton Ave.
1st & 3rd Tuesday at 6 p.m. – Ebenezer S.D.A. Church, 1437 Christian St.
3rd Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. – Center on the Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave.
4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. – St. Timothy’s Church, 5720 Ridge Ave., Parish Hall, 2nd Fl. (Adult children 50+; long-distance caregivers)
Last Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. – Atria Senior Living Center City, 150 N. 20th St. (Free Parking in garage on Race & Woodstock Sts.)
2nd Wednesday at 7 p.m. – Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 230 W. Coulter St.
3rd Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. – Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter Headquarters, 399 Market St., Suite 102
3rd Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. – Ralston Penn Center, 3615 Chestnut St. (Young adult children of people with early onset Alzheimer’s)
1st Friday @ 10:30 a.m. – Lafayette Redeemer Library, 8580 Verree Rd.
1st Friday at 12:30 p.m. – LIFE, 4508 Chestnut St.
1st Saturday at 1 p.m. – Vine Memorial Baptist Church, 5600 West Girard Ave. (African-American)
3rd Saturday at 1 p.m. – Methodist Hospital, 2301 S. Broad St., Conf. Room #1
4th Saturday at noon – First Corinthian Baptist Church, 5101 Pine St.
4th Sunday @ 1 p.m. – Pinn Memorial Baptist Church, 54th St. and Wynnefield Ave. (African-American)
For support and helpful information for Alzheimer’s caregivers, contact:
Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter
399 Market St., Suite 102
24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900
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