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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