January is Alzheimer Awareness month and this year they’re focusing on women. Lisa Morasse is the Public Education Coordinator with the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton Alzheimer Society and she explains what the focus is about.

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Morasse says they often see caregivers becoming run down from the support they’re offering, so they encourage people to find a balance and take time for themselves. She explains the wide range of services they offer.

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Morasse says there are a lot of warning signs to look for like becoming disoriented with time and space or developing impaired judgment with things like safety. She says it’s more than simply forgetting someone’s name, and a lot of it can depend on the person. She says forgetting the name of a book might not mean something to one person, but to someone who’s been an avid reader all their life and has read the book multiple times, it could be a warning sign. Morasse explains what can happen if some of these signs are overlooked.

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There are other warning signs to look for as well, and you can find more information on their website by clicking here.