A local dementia experts says early detection of the disorder or Alzheimer's can help others avoid a similar situation.
Mark Harling with Visiting Angels of Rockford--a senior facility --says there are three main signs of serious memory loss. Impaired judgement, recent memory loss and change in personality traits are all signs of early onset dementia.
There is no cure to either dementia or Alzheimer's, but Harling says there is good reason to get examined.
"What will happen is that you will get an improved quality of life the sooner you get the diagnosis. It's going to happen it's best to be prepared."
If a patient is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia the first step for them and their caregiver should be educating themselves about the disease or disorder.
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