Alzheimer’s – Did You Know?
Persons with Alzheimer’s
- Alzheimer’s disease (64% of those with dementia in Canada): is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills and is a progressive disease.
- Alzheimer’s is generally mild to start but gets worse over time and starts to interfere with daily life.
- Persons with Alzheimer’s disease, the buildup of abnormal proteins in the Hippocampus affects the ability to store new memories, recognize places and may become disoriented.
- Refer to the dementia abilities sheet for more information.
- Difficulty remembering information (tends to fluctuate as the day progresses, and decline over long periods of time).
- Some people may be using older browsers and devices that might not be as capable or fault tolerant as current technologies; or may be missing some of the customized and interactive content provided by newer technologies.
- Earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s is the memory loss and may have also affect other aspects of thinking, reasoning, perception or communication, such as;
- May have difficulties in following a conversation or repeating themselves.
- May have problems judging distances or seeing objects in three dimensions, navigating stairs or parking a car will become much harder.
- May have difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks
- May become confused or losing track of the day or date.
What helps me in the workplace?
- My coordination may not be as good as it was and having handrails and grab bars are useful. Removing items that may be a tripping hazard would also assist.
- Increase lighting to improve visibility especially around stairs, hallways and entrances.
- Having reminders and clues such as post-it notes, pictures, and signs will help me remember important events, meetings or tasks.
- When meeting with me if you limit the number of distractions around us and maintain eye contact, it would be helpful.
- Speak slowly and clearly, using simple language and repeat the message if necessary.
- When there are choices to be made, if you limit my choices to one or two, I will be able to make a choice effectively.
- Routines are very important and when my routine changes, I may feel confused.
- The fancier your documents and website are, they less I may be able to access them.
One thing I want people to know:
“I don’t mean to frustrate you. I know you get impatient and tired of telling me things, three times in a row. Please be patient.” Anonymous
There is a difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s. There is a great video describing the difference at website: http://vimeo.com/77415640
PDF (Portable Document Format) version Abilities – Did You Know Alzheimer’s.