The Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to die, leading to memory loss, changes in thinking and behaviour, and even problems completing basic daily tasks.

The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s accounts for almost 80% of the total 940,000 people suffering with dementia in the UK. The early signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often missed because they can mimic other conditions or are often chalked up as “senior moments”. However, some warning signs should not be ignored.

At Mayfair Care Agency – a leading provider of private Alzheimer’s home care – we believe it’s important to educate the general public on the signs of Alzheimer’s disease to ensure that those suffering receive the support they need.

In this blog, we outline some of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s, in the hope that it helps you or your loved ones to find the support you need.

What are the signs of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease often progress over time, to the point where the decline in mental ability is severe enough to interfere with daily life in noticeable ways. It usually develops after the age of 60 but can occur earlier, with early symptoms often being mild and difficult to spot.

However, with someone developing dementia every three minutes in the UK, it’s important for everyone to be able to spot the signs to get the support required.

Memory Loss that Disrupts Daily Life

One of the most common early signs of Alzheimer’s is memory trouble. Early on, people may experience mild memory lapses, such as forgetting where they parked or what they ate for lunch. As the disease progresses, they might forget how to do familiar tasks, like brushing their teeth or combing their hair. They may also have trouble remembering new information, such as the name of a new person they just met.

Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems

Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may also have difficulty concentrating and will take much longer to do things than they once did.

Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks

An early sign often associated with Alzheimer’s is difficulty completing daily tasks. For example, sufferers may have trouble visiting a familiar location or remembering the rules of a favourite game. As Alzheimer’s progresses, this can begin to impact basic functions such as personal grooming or bowel movements.

Confusion with Time or Place

People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the general passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. They may also forget where they are or how they got there.

Misplacing Things

Those with Alzheimer’s may put things in unusual places: a TV remote in the dishwasher or a wristwatch in the freezer. They may also have difficulty retracing their steps to find a misplaced item. A person in the early stages of Alzheimer’s may lose track of a conversation but will remember it later. As the disease progresses, they might forget it entirely.

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Problems with Words in Speaking or Writing

Another common symptom that people with Alzheimer’s might have trouble with is following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a sentence and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves frequently. They may also have trouble writing, often transposing letters or leaving words out completely.

Trouble with Visual Images and Hallucinations

People with Alzheimer’s may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining colour or contrast. As the disease progresses, they may even get lost on their way home from a familiar place and can develop hallucinations, caused by changes in the brain. These hallucinations may come in the form of sound, sight, smell or even taste and vary from person to person.

Decreased or Poor Judgment

A person with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making ability. For example, they may dress inappropriately for the weather or give large amounts of money away without realising. They may also be unable to recognise a dangerous situation and could be taken advantage of or injure themselves.

Withdrawal from Social Activities

Someone suffering from Alzheimer’s may start to withdraw from hobbies, social activities or sports. In the early stages, this might happen as a result of growing difficulty with complex tasks. As the disease progresses, it may become hard for the person to keep up with a conversation or follow the plot of a book or film.

Changes in Mood and Personality

The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change over time. They may be easily agitated or confused and become angry or paranoid about others stealing from them. Depression is also common in people with Alzheimer’s, especially in those who realise they are losing their cognitive abilities.

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Caring for those with Alzheimer’s

Unfortunately, there is no specific cure for Alzheimer’s. However, there are treatments available and care that can help manage some of the symptoms. These include medications, therapies and support services.

At Mayfair, we offer personalised Alzheimer’s and dementia care at home, giving your loved ones the comfort of familiarity in a setting they know with the compassion and care of our professional staff. Servicing Worcester, Droitwich, Evesham, Pershore  and the surrounding areas, our private Alzheimer’s home care is available to support you and your loved ones through this progressive disease.

If you notice any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a doctor for an assessment. If you would like to book a consultation with us to guarantee quality and professional care, please contact us directly.

Would you like further information about Alzheimer’s or Dementia care?

If you would like more details about our Alzheimer’s or Dementia care services, please do not hesitate to call us on 01386 41492 or filling out the form.

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