SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, is drawing attention to Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this November.

“Across our state, people and families live every day with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease,” Harper said. “During National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, it is important that families become familiar with the warning signs of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and how signs of dementia differ from normal aging.”

Harper is urging families to become familiars with the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and differences between usual age-related changes and warning signs of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, signs of the disease include disruptive memory loss, difficulty completing tasks one is accustomed to and challenges in planning or solving problems. These differ from normal age-related changes such momentarily forgetting a word or what day of the week it is and then remembering quickly. Harper encourages families to visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s website, alz.org, to learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s, including options for early detection.

“Becoming aware of the signs of Alzheimer’s disease can lead to early detection, which helps protect quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s and their families,” Harper said. “This November, I encourage everyone to take time to become familiar with the signs of Alzheimer’s and to consult with a doctor about best practices for early detection.”

Harper represents the 6th District, which includes all or portions of Armour Square, Bridgeport, Chicago Lawn, Englewood, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, West Englewood, Marquette Park, South Loop and River North.

Rep. Sonya HarperRep. Sonya Harper

6th District

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