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Can Alzheimer’s come on suddenly?

Yes, Alzheimer’s can become worse all of a sudden. Many factors influence the speed of progression. For example, age of diagnosis, one’s genetic markup, environmental factors, other medical conditions.

Before you continue reading, keep in mind that Alzheimer’s patients are very capable to cover their memory loss.

For example, my grandmother would use the phrase “If you say it, it must be right”. Whenever the answer to a question is not present in her memory, she would sort of auto-answer with it.

However, when she stopped picking up the phone, the signs were imminent.

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Factors causing a rapid progression of Alzheimer’s
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Factors causing a rapid progression of Alzheimer’s

If the beloved person with Alzheimer’s suddenly seems to worsen with the symptoms, then immediately make an appointment with the general practitioner.

Your general practitioner can help or can arrange a transfer to a specialist.

Usually, they transfer to a Geriatrician, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Geropsychologist, Neurologist, or Neuropsychologist.

The specialist will look for various conditions that could cause the sudden decline.

It can be possible that those are reversible.

So what do they check for?

Basically, the first things they check are any sort of infection. Such an infection could be pneumonia, which can be the cause.

Another common factor can be prescribed medicine.

Some patients suffer depression next to Alzheimer’s, thus, receive antidepressants.

Antidepressants, pain relievers, and sedatives can be changed with alternatives. This means that the sudden decline would be reversible, too

However, there are many factors that can play a role, too.

Here is a small list of some:

Factors causing a rapid progression of Alzheimer’s
8 Examples
1. Lack of sleep, fatigue, insomnia.
2. Vitamin deficiencies.
3. Environmental changes (moving to a nursing home).
4. Social changes (new medical care staff).
5. Immune disorders.
6. Depression.
7. Infections

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Make an appointment with your general practitioner. Seek a full medical evaluation. This way you can determine the exact cause.

Besides the change of medicine, additional cognitive or speech therapy could be required.

However, it may be very plausible to either reduce or even reverse the decline.

But, waiting is not an option.

If you feel like it, you can learn more about Alzheimer’s in my “All you need to know Guide”. Otherwise, I would recommend you to read my article on “How do you talk to someone with Alzheimer’s”.

Thank you for reading and I hope it helped.

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Patric Pförtner

B. Sc. Psychology

Hi, my name is Patric Pfoertner and I graduated 2020 from the NBU. Currently, I work and study in Germany. My specialisations are Cognitive Psychology paired with a good slack of Clinical Psychology. Just this year I started publishing my research in the CBB Journal. Feel free to read about it at ResearchGate. Otherwise, click the other button to read my full CV.

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P.S.: I am available for psychological consultation, too.