As our culture is living longer we need to address these issues. There are many among us who have Alzheimer’s, or are a caretaker for someone with Alzheimer’s.
To our knowledge there are no studies on long term AIDS survivors and Alzheimer’s. There are studies during the AIDS crisis of AIDS related dementia. Drugs have been developed to address psychiatric and behavior symptoms.
We need visionaries who can forecast the healthcare needs of the part of our culture who’s long term use of Party N Play (PNP) drugs has yet to be determined. These drugs have already impacted many communities. Observing behavior current PNP users can provide insight into future needs.
We need to make sure our healthcare providers who specialize in Alzheimer’s are LGBTQ+ affirming and have completed cultural competency training.
Signs of Alzheimer’s
– MEMORY LOSS THAT DISRUPTS DAILY LIFE
– CHALLENGES IN PLANNING OR SOLVING PROBLEMS
– DIFFICULTY COMPLETING FAMILIAR TASKS AT HOME, AT WORK OR AT LEISURE
– CONFUSION WITH TIME OR PLACE
– TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING VISUAL IMAGES AND SPATIAL RELATIONSHIPS
– NEW PROBLEMS WITH WORDS IN SPEAKING OR WRITING
– MISPLACING THINGS AND LOSING THE ABILITY TO RETRACE STEPS
– DECREASED OR POOR JUDGMENT
– WITHDRAWAL FROM WORK OR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
– CHANGES IN MOOD AND PERSONALITY
If you notice any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your physician.