Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Sheena Van Parys, Director of Home Instead in Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign launched in 2012 which takes place every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but what all forms of dementia have in common is a high risk of behavioural disorders- change in personality and people behaving out of character.
Here are some warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease that are important to look out for.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life: One of the most common signs is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information.
Challenges in planning or solving problems: Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers.
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure: People sometimes may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favourite game.
Confusion with time or place: Losing track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time.
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: For some people, having vision problems is a sign. They may not realise they are the person in the mirror, for instance.
New problems with words in speaking or writing: You may notice a person has trouble following or joining a conversation.
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: Placing things in random unusual places. Sometimes the person may accuse others of stealing the items.
Decreased or poor judgment: Experience changes in judgment or decision making
Changes in mood or personality: Some can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, or with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.
If you or someone you love is experiencing any of these warning signs or if you have concerns about dementia, it is best to visit with your GP, who can help guide you in the right direction.
If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We also welcome any suggestions for future topics from you. All you have to do is write to me at [email protected] or by post to Home Instead, Nidderdale House, Station Yard, Ripley HG3 3BA
Sheena Van Parys