Know the Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease is the leading cause of dementia. It is important to know what signs to look for and how to get a diagnosis.

What is Alzheimer's Disease?


Alzheimer's disease is an illness that damages parts of the brain, making it hard for it to send chemical messages. Without the proper communication needed for the brain to process information, this can cause a person to have difficulties with their memory and thinking.


Alzheimer's is the leading cause of dementia.


What signs should I look out for?


Though every person will experience Alzheimer's disease differently, there are a few common symptoms that you could keep an eye out for, including:


  • Difficulties with thinking and reasoning (making decisions)
  • Issues with memory/ memory loss
  • Sudden changes in mood
  • Difficulties communicating


How do I get a diagnosis?


Getting an early diagnosis can greatly improve your quality of life because it gives you access to help and support while allowing you to have all the information required to continue living a full life.


To get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease you have to be open and honest with your GP about the signs and symptoms you have been experiencing. Your GP can give you a proper diagnosis and talk you through ways to alleviate your symptoms.


If you think you have some or all of the symptoms mentioned above but are still unsure, Alzheimer's Society has a Symptom Checklist that you can complete and take to your GP appointment to help explain your symptoms.


Can I still live a happy life?


The short answer is yes, you can. Though there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease just yet, there are ways you can ensure you are able to live a full life for as long as possible.


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Your GP will recommend medications that can help manage your symptoms. They will support you in deciding what treatments are best for you and your symptoms; some can treat symptoms such as anxiety and depression, while others can treat hallucinations and sleep disorders.

With the support of your loved ones, you can continue to live your life the way you want. It is important that you stay in touch with friends and family despite the changes you may be facing as, more often than not, it is your loved ones that will help you to maintain your day-to-day life.

There is also a range of support available to those living with dementia, including person-centred home care. At Bluebird Care Wakefield & Kirklees, we deliver compassionate care to older and vulnerable adults in the comfort of their own homes. As specialist dementia care providers, we can support you to live comfortably.


While our care packages are personalised to meet the needs of our customers, here are just a few things they can include:


  • Housework (cleaning/ tidying)
  • Support with mealtimes 
  • Personal care assistance (washing/bathing/dressing)
  • Handling and administering medication
  • Scheduling and attending medical appointments
  • Companionship (social outings and events)


If you think you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please contact us today to speak to a member of our team.

How to find the right care for you or your relative

1. Find your local office

Bluebird Care delivers care from locally based offices, find yours to start your care journey today.

2. Get in touch with us

Fill in our call back form or give us a call to find out how we can help you.

3. Assessment

We’ll come out to you to find out what you or your loved one needs to help stay independent at home.

4. Care team chosen & care starts

You'll be cared for by our specially trained team to support you to remain at home for as long as possible.

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