World Alzheimer’s Month

World Alzheimer’s Month is an annual international event, always held in September and run by Alzheimer’s Disease International, (ADI).

Alzheimer’s disease is a physically illness which damages a person’s brain. This eventually leads to dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone differently. However, it has some common early symptoms:

  • memory problems
  • thinking and reasoning difficulties
  • language problems
  • changes to how they see and hear things.
  • changes in mood

The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease progress over time as the disease is classes as a progressive disease, it is important to support people living with this disease.

Here are a few ways you can help someone living with Alzheimer’s disease during the different stages:

 

EARLY STAGE OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
  • Include the person in conversations.
  • Take the time to listen and provide plenty of time to to respond.
  • It is best not to interrupt.
  • Adding humour throughout the day helps lighten the mood.
MIDDLE STAGE
  • Engage with them in a quiet space.
  • Speak slow and clear so they can understand you better.
  • Be patient and kind.
  • Ask only one question at a time. Yes or no questions are best.
  • Try not to use any accusatory language.
  • Visual cues may be a good addition to words.
  • Sometimes written notes are more helpful than spoken words.
LATE STAGE
  • Identify yourself when approaching.
  • Use nonverbal communication such as facial expressions and pointing to things in the room.
  • Treat them with respect.
  • Using senses to communicate with them is very helpful as well.

Sources

Alzheimer’s disease | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)

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