Memory loss, confusion, and disorientation are the three most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
However, there are dozens of subtle behavioral changes that reflect a life-threatening situation.
Before the most devastating symptoms of the disease begin, patients change their mood and begin to dress neatly.
But scientists have uncovered another potential sign this week.
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have found that older people who are willing to give money to a stranger have a higher risk of being attacked.
Alzheimer’s affects about 850,000 people in the UK and 5.8 million in the United States, but charities fear that as the population ages, worldwide rates will rise in the coming decades.
Here, MailOnline reveals other unusual symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that you or someone close to you has.
Although memory loss, confusion, and disorientation are well-known symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, experts have found dozens of subtle behaviors that may indicate the disease. Graphic: Six signs of Alzheimer’s disease
It is well-known that older people are more likely to be deceived.
Recent research, however, suggests that giving money may be the first sign of Alzheimer’s.
Researchers from the USC and Bar-Ilan University in Israel have found that financial altruism is significantly linked to being in the early stages of the disease.
Researchers recruited 67 elderly people over the age of 70.
Each participant paired up with another person they had never met in the laboratory and shared $ 10 (£ 8) with them.
Elderly participants were also given neurological tests to determine their current cognitive status and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers have found that those who are willing to give more money to someone they have never met have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The findings, published in the journal Alzheimer’s Disease, suggest that the effects of the disease on the brain may make people more vulnerable to cash outflows.
“Difficulties in working with money are considered one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease, and this finding supports this notion,” said Dr. Duke Khan, a professor of neuropsychology at USC who led the study.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain in which the accumulation of abnormal proteins leads to the death of nerve cells.
This damages the conductors that carry messages and causes the brain to shrink.
The disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States, is the leading cause of death, and affects more than 1 million Britons.
WHAT WILL BE?
Brain cells die, and the functions they provide are lost.
This includes memory, direction and the ability to think and reason.
The progression of the disease is slow and gradual.
On average, patients live 5-7 years after diagnosis, while some may live 10 to 15 years.
- Short-term memory loss
- Behavioral changes
- The mood changes
- Problems with money or phone calls
- Severe memory loss, forgetting close family members, familiar things or places
- Anxiety and frustration at not being able to understand the world, leading to aggressive behavior
- Eventually he loses the ability to walk
- There may be eating problems
- Most will eventually need 24-hour care
Source: Alzheimer’s Association
Changes in humor
According to research, being a big fan of Mr. Bean may be another sign of Alzheimer’s.
Researchers at the University College London (UCL) have found that people with the disease enjoy satirical or absurd comedy shows more than healthy people of the same age.
Friends and relatives of 48 people with Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) were given a questionnaire about whether their loved one liked various comedies.
They were asked if they liked a comedy like Rowan Atkinson, a satirical comedy like South Park, or an absurd comedy like The Might Boosh.
Family members were asked if their relative had changed their priorities over the past 15 years and if they had recently noticed any inappropriate humor.
A study published in the journal Alzheimer’s Disease in 2015 found that people with Alzheimer’s disease began to enjoy jokes they made about nine years ago before the typical symptoms of dementia began.
People with FTD laugh at tragic events in the news or in their personal lives, or at stories that are not funny to others, such as a poorly parked car or a barking dog.
Researchers say more research is needed to determine the exact cause of mood swings, but most behavioral changes after Alzheimer’s disease are due to shrinkage in the frontal lobe of the brain.
People with Alzheimer’s have difficulty choosing the right clothes and wearing the right clothes for the weather.
Researchers at the University of Kent and York University have described how people with dementia, often caused by Alzheimer’s disease, are unable to dress.
The study, published in the Sociology of Health and Disease in 2018, surveyed 32 people in three care homes and 15 regular homes in Kent.
She also interviewed 29 family caregivers and relatives and 28 nursing home staff to find out how to dress people with dementia to find out what they think.
Melissa, the family’s caregiver in the study, said her father died of Alzheimer’s disease after he began changing his clothes.
He says: “I have never seen my father work so hard. never. Until that day, when I entered the house, he was sitting there in dirty clothes, which bothered me a lot, because I’m not used to it – not at all. ”
Whips also reported difficulties in dressing, directing, and inspiring people with advanced dementia.
Changes in clothing can be caused by a variety of Alzheimer’s effects, such as forgetfulness of clothing, muscle stiffness, and sudden movements that make it difficult to wear.
Studies show that Alzheimer’s disease can also lead to impaired driving, as the condition begins to affect their motor skills and thinking processes.
The disease slows down people’s reactions, worsens parking, and eventually forces them to give up their car keys.
Stopping driving can often lead to stress and anxiety, as people with mental disabilities are victims of autonomy.
Researchers at the University of Washington in St. Louis studied the driving habits of 139 people a year to find out how the disease affected them. Half are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s early, while the other half are not.
A study published in the journal Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy in 2021 showed that people with the disease could change direction dramatically and drive faster.
The changes were so dramatic that researchers were able to create a model for predicting whether people would develop Alzheimer’s disease.
The model accurately predicted cases in 90 percent of people.
Another symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is that the mouth can turn into a tooth, especially in the wrong conditions.
People usually use it to stop wearing it in front of children, for example, it is no longer so strong, and as a result swear words increase.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that 18 percent of people with FTD used the word “f ** k” when naming words beginning with “f.” This was not compared to any other person with Alzheimer’s disease.
A 2010 study of 70 patients published in the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology asked patients to name as many words as possible, beginning with the letters ‘f’, ‘a’ and ‘s’ per minute.
Although the study did not provide any raw data, it found that six of the 32 dementia patients uttered an insulting word when asked to list words for “f” and “s ** t” for “s”.
Like swearing, as Alzheimer’s patients’ brains change, they are able to filter out what they say and, in many cases, how they are corrupted.
People may become rude, use inappropriate language, undress in public, or talk to strangers more often than before.
Experts say that in some cases, patients can lose their sexual restraint through improper contact, such as in public.
According to them, this change is due to the contraction of the brain in the frontal cortex in the frontal lobe of the brain – the part that controls our filter.
The Alzheimer’s Society said: “These situations can be very confusing, sad, shocking or distressing for a mentally retarded person as well as for those close to them.
“A person with dementia may not understand why they think their behavior is wrong. It is unlikely that they are deliberately inappropriate. ‘