Helpline: Alzheimer's - Symptoms Support

Understanding the symptoms is an essential factor involved in caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's symptoms change as the disease progresses.

ExtendaTouch is a network of unpaid family caregivers that you can connect with to discuss Alzheimer's symptoms. There is a lot of help available on the platform for AD caregivers who need more information to understand the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Here are the common signs of AD:

Memory Loss

Memory loss is the first symptom of the onset of Alzheimer's. While all of us experience infrequent memory lapses, but the condition worsens in people suffering from AD, affecting their daily routine and work life.

For example, they may misplace things more often, forget conversations, and have difficulty identifying familiar objects and places.

To get more information about memory loss in someone with Alzheimer's, connect with a fellow caregiver of your choice on ExtendaTouch. It's a free online helpline to share your experience and get support.

Thinking and Concentration Problems

People with Alzheimer's find it challenging to think and concentrate due to memory problems, especially when it comes to multitasking, managing money, and paying bills. As the condition worsens, they may be unable to deal with numbers.

Reasoning and Decision Making Issues

During the mid and severe stages of the disease, the person may lose track of reasoning and decision-making abilities. For example, the patient may end up making poor choices when it comes to everyday activities like wearing clothes by considering the weather.

Caregivers on our free online platform can share with you more examples of reasoning and decision-making difficulties that people with AD experience.

Difficulty Performing Routine Tasks

Alzheimer's symptoms include difficulty doing daily life activities like cooking, playing familiar games, bathing, dressing, and communicating with family members. These symptoms become prominent in later stages of AD.

Behavioral Swings

As AD continues to affect the brain, the person may experience mood and behavioral swings, such as irritation, sudden anger, frustration, and anxiety.

By talking to our fellow caregivers, you can understand how people with Alzheimer's experience severe behavioral changes, such as depression, delusions, apathy, aggressiveness, and wandering.

Loss of Familiar Skills

In the later course of AD, the patients experience trouble performing familiar tasks, such as losing the ability to read, write, draw, sing familiar songs, and other skills. The person may have difficulty walking and controlling body movements, which can expose them to risk factors like falling.

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's is not easy. At times, you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted. ExtendaTouch is here to help you meet other family caregivers who have gone through similar experiences. Here you can get free support, ideas, and information about caring for a person with AD.

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ElaineEhret1939
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andyc, ExtendaTouch facilitator
My mom had Alzheimer's. She was living in in assisted living with mid-stage Alzheimers when she stopped knitting and watching her favorite TV shows. Later, when she had late stage Alzheimers, she lost her short term memory, but retained her long term memory. I'd be happy to chat with anyone about their experiences or mine. Alzheimer's is unpredictable in many ways and I'd like to help.
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I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant for over 5 years and have experience caring for seniors with Alzheimer's (all stages) disease and dementia.
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