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Alzheimer’s Association


The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's.

The Big Idea

Know Where Alzheimer's Hides is intended to educate our community on the warning signs of dementia and raise awareness of the importance of early detection and diagnosis. If you notice any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's and other dementia in yourself or someone you know, do not ignore them (alz.org/10signs). Schedule an appointment with your doctor. With early detection, you can explore treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer, as well as increase your chances of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance research. The Alzheimer’s Association in Monterey County provides people with education on knowing the 10 warning signs, understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia, and key lifestyle habits that can help keep your body and brain healthy; care consultations to help families anticipate and plan; and support groups to connect people with others who understand the journey.

My husband was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment a few years ago, often a precursor of Alzheimer’s disease. Having a nursing background, I recognized the cognitive decline well before the diagnosis. However, even though some knowledge is helpful, it does not begin to create an understanding of the life challenges that will unfold when you live with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association’s support groups provide a way to hear the first-hand experiences of other care partners who share their successes and failures when navigating the disease. The participants quickly build a deep-shared humanity that friends or family may never provide. They help each of us build personal resilience and show paths forward - a blessing.

- Diana Martinetto