TIFTON, GA (WALB) - One South Georgia man whose father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's says early detection matters.
This holiday season, he is encouraging families to look for warning signs.
David Wiggins' father was a pastor for the past 40 years in Tifton.
Suddenly, he began acting irrationally and got in trouble with local law enforcement.
Wiggins' father had difficulty completing familiar tasks and was often confused, so Wiggins contacted the Alzheimer's Association for help.
"Forgetting things, and doing some things that weren't dad," said Wiggins. "And I knew that he had something. Something wasn't right."
Wiggins suggests that folks take a moment to check on loved ones this holiday, looking for any early signs of the disease.
For a full list of warning signs, you can go to www.alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.