Is It Alzheimer’s or Is It Something Else?

By Marvin, 9:00 am on

Alzheimer’s is not the only disease that causes cognitive deficits or abnormalities. An older adult might experience confusion, memory loss, mood changes and other symptoms for many different reasons. Below are a few illnesses Plano Alzheimer’s home care providers might confuse with Alzheimer’s.

Brain Tumors

Benign or malignant growths within the brain cause inflammation, swelling and fluid accumulation that add pressure to delicate nerve cells. Cell damage, interrupted neuron communication and abnormal levels of neurotransmitters can all lead to dementia. 

Lewy Body Disease

Plano dementia caregivers often associate this disease with Parkinson’s, but Lewy body disease involves the accumulation of alpha-synuclien proteins in the brain. The substances alter neurotransmitting chemicals, which leads to impaired thinking and reasoning, attention deficits and the possibility of hallucinations. 

Malnutrition

Seniors might not be getting adequate nutrition for financial reasons, trying to lose or maintain weight or from a lack of knowledge concerning dietary needs. In time, the body and brain respond to deficiencies of vitamins A, D, B and other nutrients by causing cognitive symptoms. 

Medications

The kidneys and liver are responsible for metabolizing medications. As people get older, their bodies don’t function as well as they did in their youth. As such, medications may accumulate and cause adverse effects that include cognitive symptoms. Antihistamines, anti-nausea, benzodiazepines, bladder relaxants, fluoroquinolone antibiotics and steroids are some of the many formulations that can cause cognitive issues.

Sleep Deprivation

Anxiety, worry or pain are some of the many reasons why a senior may not get an adequate amount of sleep. Without sufficient rest, older adults commonly display an array of symptoms that include confusion, forgetfulness or irritability.

Subdural Hematoma

A bump on the head from a fall or any action that causes a blood vessel between the brain and dura matter to rupture and bleed is known as a subdural hematoma or hemorrhage. As blood pools, pressure builds and disrupts neuron communication. Symptoms may include headaches, confusion, speech problems and lethargy. 

Should your loved one require Alzheimer’s home care, turn to Plano Home Care Assistance. We provide flexible live-in and hourly dementia services for seniors that enable them to live as independently as possible while getting the help they need to accomplish daily tasks. Contact us at (214) 586-0120 today to learn more about our memory care services and schedule a free consultation.