Home Instead specialise in keeping those in later life independent and in that respect every month is Alzheimer’s Month for us. However, September is the real thing – it is World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign which was launched back in 2012, which takes place every September, to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that still 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 from what those around are used to.
Getting a diagnosis and support is a key step in helping to manage the conditions so we have outlined 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, particularly forgetting recently learned information.
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 their favourite game.
Confusion with times or places: 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, for instance, realise they are the person in the mirror.
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.
Challenges in planning or solving problems: Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers.
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 your GP, who can help guide you in the right direction.