Alzheimers Disease: What Is and What Isnt? It's Sometimes Difficult To Tell....
Dementia is the umbrella term for the variety of conditions that can cause the brain to fail. One of those is Alzheimers disease which represents the majority of cases. The thing that Alzheimers and other dementias have in common is a high risk of behavioural disorders - change in personality and people behaving out of character:
The following are 10 warning signs of Alzheimers taken from the Alzheimers Organisations Website compared with what can be experienced with typical age-related changes:
1. Memory Loss That Disrupts Daily Life - One of the most common signs is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information.
A Typical Age Related Change: sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.
2. Challenges In Planning or Solving Problems - Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers.
A Typical Age Related Change: Making occasional errors when balancing a chequebook.
3. 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 remebering the rules of a favourite game.
A Typical Age Related Change: Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a TV programme.
4. Confusion With Time or Place - Losing track of dates, seasons and the passafe of time.
A Typical Age Related Change: Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.
5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images & Spatial Relationships - For some people, having vision problems is a sign. They may not realise they are the person in the mirror, for instance.
A Typical Age Related Change: Visual deterioration of the eyesight.
6. New Problems With Words In Speaking or Writing - There is trouble following or joining a conversation.
A Typical Age Related Change: Sometimes struggling to find the right word.
7. Misplacing Things & Losing The Ability To Retrace Steps - Placing things in random unusual places. Sometimes the person may accuse others of stealing the items.
A Typical Age Related Change: Misplacing things from time to time but having the ability to objectively look for them in obvious places.
8. Decreased Or Poor Judgement - Experiencing changes in judgement or decision making.
A Typical Age Related Change: Making a bad decision once in a while.
9. Withdrawel From Work Or Social Interaction - Some people with dementia may remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or leisure pursuits.
A Typical Age Related Change: Sometimes feeling weary or family or social obligations.
10. Changes In Mood & 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.
A Typical Age Related Change: Developing specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when the routine is disrupted.
Home Instead's goal is to educate our CAREGivers, Families and those in the community to spot the signs of Alzheimers and to raise awareness of the importance of early detection.
For more information about Home Instead, our free Family Education Workshops or CAREGiver CARE Training Programme either give the office a call on 01707 240 650 or follow the link Dementia CARE Resources