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Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

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Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

If a family member is becoming forgetful or has a change in personality, it could mean they have early signs of Dementia.

SARASOTA,FL (WWSB)- More than 500-thousand people in the state of Florida are affected by Alzheimer's.

With it being Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, it's important to know where you can turn if you or a loved one needs help.

"It's sad seeing your loved one getting older and being more forgetful and there's nothing you can do about it," Said Rose Bloch, whose mother is starting to forget.

"She wakes up and she's confused, whether it's day or night. And actually very forgetful from time to time," Said Bloch.

 She's not alone. The Alzheimer's Association said as an aging population, more and more people experience some form of dementia each year.

When this occurs, they urge people to reach out.

"We want to identify what the cause is. Is it truly Alzheimer's, is there other root cause reasons for their whether it's age related changes or of it is the disease," Said Deann Marasco, who works for the Alzheimer's Association.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's, once it's identified, a caretaker can figure out how to go about the disease.

The director of rehab at Sunset Lake Health and Rehabilitation center said that could mean adding certain activities into someone's day.

"If you don't use something, you're going to loose it, it could be motor functions and it's also your cognitive skills so if a person sits around and they don't do anything at all, they're going to use their ability to communicate," Said Ellen Schaad of Sunset Lake Health and Rehab.

As for getting help, it's better to be proactive.

"The sooner the intervention, the greater quality of light that we can help them progress whether it's in the disease or being able to find placement support socially for them as well," Marasco said.

The Alzheimer's Association said along with connecting patients to centers in their area, they also can help connect people with financial resources or local elder law attorneys.

The number for the Alzheimer's Association is 1-800-272-3900.

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