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Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Although Alzheimer’s is often associated with memory loss and confusion, there are some non-cognitive symptoms that can occur at every stage. Here are the most common symptoms that seniors experience along with possible causes and coping strategies to help with the behavior, presented by Toronto Home Care Assistance.

Aggression

Seniors with Alzheimer’s may lash out verbally or use physical acts such as hitting or pushing. Aggression often comes without warning, and the cause may not be apparent right away. In-home caregivers should first make sure their loved one is not in pain, and then try to determine a cause of the outburst. It is important to avoid becoming upset, and switching to a relaxing activity can help a senior with AD calm down.

Repetition

When seniors with Alzheimer’s repeat the same phrase or activity over and over, they are often seeking comfort and familiarity. If they are repeating a question, then providing an answer can give them the reassurance they are seeking. Alternatively, a repetitive motion such as pacing can be turned into an activity by accompanying them on a walk. 

Sleep Disruptions

The reason why so many seniors with AD experience problems sleeping is unknown, but those with Alzheimer’s will often experience insomnia as the disease progresses. Creating a ritual for bedtime can help signal the body that it is time to rest. Additionally, exercise during the day and avoiding stimulants in the evening can help prevent restlessness.

Wandering

Out of all of the non-cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s, this one can be the most concerning as it compromises a person’s safety. Seniors with Alzheimer’s are more likely to wander during the late stages of the disease, but everyone should be on guard before it happens. Keeping your loved one engaged in activities during the day can eliminate boredom that could lead to this behavior. Additionally, preventative measures should be put in place such as 24/7 Alzheimer’s care in Toronto for seniors who tend to wander.

Find additional support and resources by reaching out to the dedicated staff at Home Care Assistance. In addition to Alzheimer’s and dementia care Toronto seniors and their families count on, we also provide stroke and Parkinson’s care, ensuring our elderly community members have the help they need to age in place comfortably and safely. Call a Care Manager today at (416) 488-8777 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.