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Pope Francis' simple, artless actions resonate powerfully

'Who am I to judge?' Pope's remarks
do not change
church teaching

FACE scholar is on
her way to Amherst

Chautauqua celebration set
for October 12

Maryknoll offers mission training September 13-15

Principals change
in Fremont

Youth, young adult events on calendar

Younger sisters
see smaller orders ahead, but say
future still bright

Presentation Sisters' gathering

Rev. George Matanic, OP

Sister Nancy Teskey, SNJM

Sister Mary Thomas Magee, PBVM

Mercy Center
provides a home
for a lifetime

Sisters' bathroom remodel project
gets a boost from
SOAR! grant

Senior group 'Tuesdays with Larry' keep Assumption grounds neat

Latin America too
is facing an aging demographic earthquake

First signs of
Alzheimer's can
occur on vacations

Care fits health mission, but too
few aware of it

Different paths
bring doctors,
patients to palliative
care, hospice

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First signs of Alzheimer's can occur on vacations

While vacations are a time to relax and escape from the stressors of daily life, it is still important to be aware of the early signs of Alzheimer's Disease.

Traveling away from home, whether to a familiar vacation spot or to somewhere new, could possibly make the signs more noticeable. Unfamiliar settings, crowds of people and loud noises can be overwhelming to your loved one and may increase the manifestation of symptoms. If you notice the following while on your trip, perhaps it's time to start considering Alzheimer's care options:

• Forgetting recently learned information. If your loved one is forgetting your vacation destination, how you arrived at the location or why you are there, it could be a sign of Alzheimer's. While it's normal to occasionally forget information and remember it later, having to be told the same information repeatedly could be an early sign of dementia.

• Changes in mood or personality. If you are visiting one of your loved one's favorite destinations, it may be difficult to understand his or her mood swings while there. Alzheimer's can also cause a noticeable personality change that could be perplexing for family members, especially children. Try and be aware of whether your loved one's mood change can be connected to something that happened or if it is seemingly unexplained.


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