Risk factors for vascular disease (problems with blood circulation) — like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and stroke-related dementia. Because Hispanics are more likely to have vascular disease, they may also be at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
Early detection is important so individuals and families can get maximum benefit from available treatments and have more time to plan for the future. To help, the Alzheimer’s Association® created a list of 10 warning signs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias, available in English and Spanish at alz.org/10signs. Individuals may experience one or more of these in different degrees.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at 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 judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the above, please see a doctor to find the cause. You are not alone – the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900) also offers assistance in more than 170 languages and dialects.