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Dementia Care: 11 Signs of Alzheimer's

The 11 signs of Alzheimer’s are:

  • Memory loss of recent memories
  • Memory loss that affects daily life
  • Difficulty with problem-solving
  • Struggling with familiar tasks
  • Confusion with place and time
  • Problems with visual and spatial relationships
  • Difficulties with words and language
  • Mislaying personal items
  • Changes in personality
  • Poor judgement
  • Avoiding social interaction

Most elderly people worry about the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia as they age. Any lapse in memory can trigger concern that dementia is setting in, but this can simply be a sign of ageing. We take a look at the signs of Alzheimer’s and examine what symptoms could denote a trip to your GP.

Memory Loss of recent memories

We all forget things occasionally, but if your loved one regularly forgets things that have happened recently, this could be an indication of dementia.

Memory loss that affects daily life

If your loved one repeatedly asks the same questions or forgets names and places, then this could be an early warning sign of dementia.

Difficulty with problem-solving

If your loved one finds organised tasks difficult, such as following a recipe, where they didn’t before, this could be an indication of dementia. Many people with dementia struggle with managing their money, which may necessitate a family member stepping in to take charge.

Struggling with familiar tasks

We all lose our keys from time to time, but if your loved one has started to lose their keys and find them in strange places, it could be an indication of dementia. Becoming lost or disorientated on familiar routes, or forgetting the rules of a much-loved game are also signs of possible abnormal memory loss.

Confusion with place and time

Forgetting what day it is can be a normal experience for any of us, but losing complete track of dates, times and even the seasons are causes for concern. Over time, your loved one may become prone to becoming lost, even when close to home, and this is often the symptom that triggers a search for companion care solutions such as live-in care to keep your loved one safe.

Problems with visual and spatial relationships

If your elderly loved one is failing to recognise themselves in the mirror, this indicates that Alzheimer’s has affected the part of the brain that controls spatial awareness. Those with Alzheimer’s may be unable to judge braking distances when driving too, making them a hazard on the roads. This is another indication that elderly care provisions need to be put into place for your loved one’s safety.

Difficulties with words and language

It’s not uncommon to lose the thread of a conversation, but when it occurs frequently, this is a sign of something more serious. Those with Alzheimer’s tend to repeat themselves and have trouble joining in with conversations, as they lose their train of thought frequently.

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Mislaying personal items

Someone with Alzheimer’s is likely to put familiar objects in completely unfamiliar places. Moreover, Alzheimer’s can create the sense of suspicion in the individual living with the condition, leading them to accuse others of stealing their belongings. This tendency increases over time and is a symptom that those experienced in dementia care are only too familiar with.

Changes in personality

Depression and worries about ageing can be common, but for those with Alzheimer’s, personality changes are much more severe. Many people with dementia become irritable and anxious as the disease progresses, often with bouts of depression and aggression, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations or delusions.

When combined with disrupted sleep patterns and a loss of inhibitions, people with dementia can display challenging behaviours, which family members may struggle to deal with. This is where a dedicated care at home package can be helpful, providing the individual with a calm and supportive caregiver who looks out for them 24/7.

Poor judgement

We can all exercise poor judgement at times, but for those with Alzheimer’s, this can occur on a regular basis. Many elderly people with dementia fall prey to telemarketers, buying endless products that they have no need for, which can quickly deplete their savings.

Personal hygiene may deteriorate as the person with dementia forgets to bathe regularly, which is another indication that in-home help may be in order. A lack of good judgement can compromise your loved one’s safety, as they will be unable to complete simple tasks, such as preparing a meal without the risk of harming themselves.

Avoiding social interaction

Many elderly people suffer from loneliness, but a deliberate attempt to avoid social interaction can be a symptom of dementia. Many people with dementia lose interest in former hobbies and pastimes as the ability to focus on a task for any length of time decreases. They may no longer engage in activities and sports that they used to enjoy and may end up actively avoiding social engagements, due to their inability to follow conversations.

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