The average person with Alzheimer’s is a person in his or her late seventies whose symptoms arise slowly, over time. However, of the 747,000 people with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia in Canada, up to five per cent of those people have younger-onset Alzheimer’s, which is also commonly misdiagnosed. Here are some early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. You may be surprised to learn that many early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease have nothing to do with memory problems. Behavioural Changes (Stealing and Law Breaking) Early signs of Alzheimer’s include behavioural changes that involve people making poor moral decisions that they wouldn’t normally make. This could include stealing and other law-breaking behaviour. In some cases, the ability to make decisions between right and wrong becomes hindered due to the executive function of the brain (that is, decision-making skills) not working as well. Frequent Falling If you or someone you know…> Read More
It is important to recognize that sleep problems are very common in those with dementia. This is not abnormal. Unfortunately, however, sleep problems in those with dementia can further aggravate their mental state, which in turn, burdens their caregivers. While it may take some effort to alter the sleep patterns of those with dementia, the good news is that it is possible. What Causes Sleep Problems In Those with Dementia? The contributing factors of sleep problems in those with dementia are considered “multifactorial,” meaning that there may be several underlying causes. In the case of dementia, this could include brain deterioration, which causes individuals to experience less deep sleep and spend more time awake. Those with dementia can also experience problems when it comes to their body regulating their circadian rhythm; some types of dementia are also associated with REM sleep behaviour disorder. Moreover, those with dementia are also more…> Read More
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