Signs to Look Out For with Alzheimer’s Disease

22 Jan 2024

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, one in three people in the UK will develop dementia in their lifetime. A 2019 report stated there are currently over 900,000 people with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to 1.6 million by 2040. Other studies have also found that 60 to 80% of dementia cases are classified as Alzheimer’s cases. With the rise of cases in people over the age of 65, it’s crucial for those caring for or living with older relatives to be aware of this condition including the warning signs. In this article, we will discuss the main signs of Alzheimer’s disease to look out for. 

Memory Loss & Forgetfulness

Forgetting things now and again is a normal part of ageing and it is often nothing to worry about. However, memory loss and forgetfulness are some of the common signs of Alzheimer’s disease. In the early stages, an individual may occasionally forget a person’s name. As time goes on, the condition worsens, this is often over a period of several years and it may begin to happen more and more frequently. For instance, the individual may begin to lose and misplace items, find it difficult to remember recent conversations, repeat questions or not recognise familiar faces. By this stage, it can be noticeable and concerning for families.

Difficulty With Familiar Tasks

Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain, therefore, it can affect the ability to concentrate and think. Even the most familiar tasks become a struggle for those living with the condition. It may take them longer to complete a task without assistance. They may also find it difficult to work with numbers and pay bills, learn new things, follow a plan, drive to familiar places without getting lost or manage simple household tasks. Eventually, people with Alzheimer’s disease will need assistance with everyday tasks.

Poor Judgement

An individual’s judgement, decision-making and problem-solving abilities can also be affected. For instance, individuals may start to make questionable choices about clothing options or personal hygiene. Individuals may also have trouble making a fast decision when it comes to unexpected everyday challenges. Other cases include an individual who once had good cooking skills may begin to lose track of time and burn food on the stove or an individual who is capable of driving begins to make poor decisions on the road, putting other drivers at risk. As the condition progresses, individuals become incapable of cooking or driving themselves. 

Changes In Mood & Personality

Another noticeable sign is changes in an individual’s mood or personality. They may start to isolate themselves by withdrawing from social settings, lose interest in their hobbies, show signs of depression and have frequent mood swings from being calm and restful to feeling frustrated, confused or upset. This sign is one of the most difficult for families as their loved one starts to act in a way which is not their usual self.

Living With Alzheimer’s? Hands On Care Can Help

If you or a loved one are showing the above signs, it might be time to speak with a doctor and arrange assistance if needed. At Hands On Care, we understand how dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can be disheartening and challenging for loved ones and their families. Whether you live alone and you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or you are concerned about a loved one, we are here to help. 

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be difficult and it can require most of your attention. However, we also understand that some family members may not have the right circumstances to become a full-time carer. Our team of caregivers are friendly, patient and have years of experience with caring for those with Alzheimer’s. We offer full-day or check-in home visits around Shropshire to assist with cooking, cleaning, medication and outings as well as morning and night routines. 

Whatever your circumstances or loved one’s needs, we can arrange a personalised plan to give your loved one the care they need. To speak to us today, please call us on 0195 274 3490 or send an online enquiry. We look forward to speaking with you and seeing how our services can make a positive impact.

Hands on Care Homecare Services Limited
United House,
Tern Hill,
Market Drayton,
TF9 3PX,
01952 743490