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Dementia And Alzheimers Symptoms

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  • Dementia And Alzheimers Symptoms

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Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a progressive disease that affects the brain, damaging the person’s ability not only to remember things but also the way they think, affecting their ability to live their day-to-day lives.

Alzheimer's symptoms

A loss of memory is not the only symptom of dementia and it may not even be the first sign that something is not quite right. Another early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is losing interest in things that previously mattered. This may be something as simple as housework or becoming uninterested in hobbies and activities that they previously enjoyed.

TV presenter Fiona Philips found her mother’s Alzheimer's disease first became noticeable when her mother had difficulty at the bank: "I remember my mother just forgot all her pin numbers...couldn't get money out of the machine. She always had to ask people to go to the bank with her. We just thought she was getting older and didn't understand how to use these things but it was actually Alzheimer's."

Many people believe that Alzheimer's disease is not treatable which may be why they delay seeking help for a loved one. It can be an upsetting subject to address especially with the person affected. In the early stages of dementia the sufferer will often recognise that something is not quite right and may become defensive and upset if someone they love and trust raises the same concerns.

Whilst there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, getting a diagnosis is critical. It allows the patient and their families to understand why certain problems have been happening and gives them the opportunity to plan for the future before the disease causes further deterioration. There are also drug treatments which have been shown to slow the progression of the disease for some people. However these treatments are most effective in the early stages so it is vital that you seek medical help.

Raising your concerns with a doctor can also be a daunting prospect. This may be especially true in the early stages when you only have a vague feeling that something is not quite right. It can be helpful to keep a diary and write down the symptoms you are concerned about before your appointment so that you are able to refer to them easily. You may also find it useful to write down some questions beforehand, for example, are there any other illnesses which could cause these symptoms? What tests do I need? What help is there available in my community?

Fiona Philips give the following advice: "I think the one big thing that you need to remember with someone with Alzheimer's is that you cannot bombard them with questions, because questions are the most difficult things for them to answer. You need to present them with a statement so they can say yes or no."

Memory loss problems

To check the difference between normal ageing and Alzheimer's disease or find out more about the disease and the resources available to help you visit www.aboutmemoryproblems.com

If you have a friend or a relative and you're worried they may have memory problems or Alzheimer's disease then get on the internet and go to www.aboutmemoryproblems.com.

Memory Problems? is an educational programme funded and initiated by Eisai Europe Ltd. and Pfizer Ltd.

Eisai: ART-EU 2188

Pfizer: EBTARP-10-77

Find a counsellor in your area with Counselling Directory. You can search by postcode, town or county to find local support. You can also access lots of information on how counselling can help those effected by dementia. Counselling For Dementia

Published March 2010

Reviewed November 2012

Review Scheduled November 2013

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