The Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) is providing information so that you may recognize someone who is starting to develop Alzheimer’s ,disease or may help someone that you encounter in public.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.”
Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of the elderly. Adults as young as their 30’s have been reported with the disorder. The number of people with Alzheimer’s in America is continuing a steady rise.
Recognize the signs of a person who may have Alzheimer’s, so that you can aid them:
- Vision problems—problems with color, contrast and distance. This can affect walking and driving.
- Difficulty speaking and writing—a person may be able to have a short conversation or none at all. This could include using the wrong words to describe even simple things.
- Reduced ability to make decisions—they could appear to be handling a purchase in a store by giving an amount much larger than is needed.
- Changes in their personality—their mood may switch when they feel uncomfortable in the current surroundings.
- Confused about the time and place—they may forget or lose track of time in a number of circumstances.
- Memory—something that they just heard may not be recalled.
The Apache Junction Police Department offers access to the MedicAlert ID program. A bracelet or pendant can be obtained for a loved one to wear.
In the event that they walk away and are discovered by authorities, this identification can quickly reunite caregivers with someone who has Alzheimer’s. You can apply for this directly at their website: www.medicalert.org/safereturn or call 1-888-572-8566.