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 Bryn Evans, Director of Home Instead in Sheffield.
Dementia Awareness Week 2015 takes place on May 17th-23rd. According to The Alzheimer’s Society, there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK in 2015 with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025. 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 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. All you have to do is write to me at [email protected] or by post to Haywood House, Hydra Business Park, Nether Lane, Ecclesfield, Sheffield, S35 9ZX.
As part of Dementia Awareness week, we will be hosting day 1 of our workshops on Tuesday 19th May at Wood Hill House – Wellbeing Suite, Grimesthorpe Road, Sheffield, S4 8EN and will run from 1PM until 4PM.
The workshop will go into more detail about Dementia and how you can spot the signs of this awful disease. If you would like to attend our workshop, feel free to email [email protected] to book your place.