10 Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer
10 Behaviors Associated with Alzheimer
At the moment, almost 15% of people aged 65 or older are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and similar disorders. It is, moreover, a growing factor, according to experts, since the population is growing. So more aging, and from 65 years old, chances of having Alzheimer symptoms highly increase every 5 years.
On the other hand, despite the fact that there are treatments to slow down the disease’s progression, it remains incurable. On average, the affected people die 8 years after the diagnosis, but some can live more than 20 years with the disease, which represents numerous hours of care for natural caregivers.
Depending on the disease’s evolution, many symptoms can appear and get worse. Thus, the family needs to adapt to these many changes of behaviors it represents.
- Memory Losses
The most known of the disease’s symptoms is memory loss, common memory losses are one of the first warning signs. The person does not remember new information and often ask the same questions. It is important to distinguish those memory losses from those associated with normal aging.
- Reasoning Disabilities
At the same time, Alzheimer touches the ability to think. The sick person is not able to have an abstract thinking anymore. Even a very simple calculation can become complex, if not impossible to solve.
- Communication Issues
Whether it is writing or talking, the difficulty to find the right word is common. Simple and usual words are then replaced by paraphrases, similar words or sometimes word of their own invention.
- Mood, Personality, and Behavior Changes
The sick person can experience a radical and quick mood change, without any obvious reason. They adopt new behaviors, and can even show signs of depression.
- Loss of Interest for Social Activities
The behaviors changes can lead to a great loss of interest for various activities and hobbies, such as sports and group activities. Therefore, it is possible for a social and active person to become slowly lonely.
- Place and Time Confusion
Alzheimer’s disease can confuse the affected person, that is to say, they lose their sense of time, and don’t know anymore which day or month it is. It can also become difficult to find their way in some places, even in places they are familiar with.
- Difficulty to Do Familiar Tasks
Planning the day, doing some shopping, preparing a meal, paying the bills… These daily tasks seem pretty simple, but someone with Alzheimer might have difficulties to do them correctly.
- Bad Decisions
Alzheimer’s disease causes bad judgment when it comes to making decisions, sometimes the simplest ones. Thus, someone usually sparing can make an unreasonable purchase. Dressing up with inappropriate clothing for the season is another example.
- Moving Objects
It is very common among people with Alzheimer’s disease to misplace objects, and having difficulties to find them back since they are placed in unusual places.
- Eyesight Disorders
For some people, it is possible that Alzheimer’s disease comes with visual disorders, such as having difficulties to perceive distances or colors, which can highly affect some activities whether it is reading or driving.
There is help
Dementia and Alzheimer’s care services are available to help you manage the disease. You don’t have to take on the care responsibility alone. Home Instead is there to assist you and your loved ones.
Research has shown that for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, remaining in familiar surroundings helps to manage the challenges of memory loss. Our unique Alzheimer’s and dementia service is a person-centered approach that provides the highest quality of customized care.
Our approach allows seniors to remain safe and comfortable at home, enabling them to continue doing what they can on their own. Our Caregivers provide mind-stimulating activities, encouraging engagement and honour who the senior was earlier in life and respecting who they are now.
Most of all, our Caregivers offers support and relieve to the family in managing changing behaviors and knowing that their loved ones are cared for and secure.
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