Health Corner for
Association has updated the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s.
These 10 warning signs are important for early detection and
diagnosis so that these people can get the best treatment,
support and plan for their future. The 10 warning signs are as
1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and
6. New problems with words in speaking or
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to
8. Decrease or poor judgment.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
10. Changes in mood and personality.
The newest statistics for Alzheimer’s have been posted and they
are as follows:
1. One in eight people over 65 has Alzheimer’s
2. Every 70 seconds another American develops
3. By 2030 every 35 seconds another American will
4. By 2030 an estimated 65.7 million people in
the world will have Alzheimer’s
5. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of
death in the U.S. and is the most feared
Alert and Alzheimer’s Association have teamed up to form Safe
These two organizations
have found a way to assist in the safe return of those who
wander off. Safe Return is a 24 hour nationwide emergency
service for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s (or
another dementia) who is apt to wander off. They
especially assist those that have other medical issues that
could lead to an emergency.
Medic Alert and Safe Return number is
The Cost is a $49.95 enrollment fee and annual renewal fee of
$25. The Kit includes:
1. ID bracelet or necklace
2. Personalized emergency wallet card
3. Personal health record (can be updated as needed)
4. 6 steps to a Safe Return magnet
5. Photos in a national data base with contact information
Once you have enrolled if your loved
one wanders away you call a 24 hour emergency response line and
report your situation and they will activate a community support
network, local Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, and law
enforcement. They will help find them, reunite them with
their family and give medical information to the searchers.
If you’re a care-giver there is help and educational information
for you at
Sun and Heat Safety:
The best way to beat the heat is to cover up. Wear a hat with a
three inch brim or bill facing forward. Wear sunglasses and
cotton clothing in a light weave.
Stay in the shade whenever possible.
Limit exposure to the sun during peak intensity (10 am to 4 pm)
Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater and reapply every
Use extra caution around water and sand as they reflect UV rays
and you sunburn faster
Intense activities that last 15 minutes or longer should be
limited during high heat and/or humidity.
Drink plenty of water before starting outside activities and
continue to drink every 20 minutes.
Wear one layer of light absorbent material to facilitate
Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair spray.
Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant
pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens.
Avoid dressing in bright colored clothes or flowery prints.
Do not use a combination sunscreen and insect repellent as the
sunscreen will need to reapplied but the insect repellent should
Repellents containing DEET are most affective against ticks.
For children over two months of age use a repellent with a
maximum of 30% DEET. Products containing DEET should not be
used on children under 2 months.
Install a fence of at least 4 feet high around the pool and make
sure there are no openings large enough for a child to get
Never leave a child alone in or near a pool, not even for a
Keep rescue equipment near the pool.
Choose a shepherd’s hook that is made of fiberglass so it will
not conduct electricity.
Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult
should be within an arms length of the child.
Have a great, fun and safe summer.
Lori Ann Cobb RN, FCN