• Expert Q&A: Rare dementias - Tues 3 March, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of rare dementias. It will be hosted by Nikki and Seb from Rare Dementia Support. If you have any questions about rare dementias, they will be here to answer them on Tuesday 3 March between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

Early stage

canary

Registered User
Feb 25, 2014
11,393
South coast
It usually happens in the middle stages, rather than early ones, but I suppose it could happen earlier.
It was when mum started to be convinced that people were coming into her home and stealing things and she thought that the family were all after her money that I suddenly woke up and began to realise that her forgetfulness wasnt just "old age". It was indeed dementia and she had had it for a while, but it was only when it started to affect her behaviour that it dawned on that there was a problem.
 

Bod

Registered User
Aug 30, 2013
1,212
Get medication checked by GP.
Strong painkillers can cause problems, especially if not being taken correctly.
Are medications being taken correctly? Don't rely on being told so, what do you see for yourself.

Bod
 

Toddleo

Registered User
Oct 7, 2015
412
paranoia

mother of 2, my mum had terrible paranoia, we did not even know that she had alzheimers at the time - daft as that may seem.

She is now on medication for anxiety, depression and anti psychotics - which is another story! but, the paranoia has definitley improved, but not completely gone away. Apparently, mum has middle stage alzheimers, I would only be guessing as to whether the paranoia started in the early stages or not.
 

Witzend

Registered User
Aug 29, 2007
4,291
SW London
Thinking that neighbours were stealing things (mostly things nobody in their right mind would want anyway) was one of the early signs in my FIL, but because we were completely new to it all we didn't realise it was down to dementia.
Once it had clicked, a lot of other behaviour made sense, much of which we had put down to his innate stubbornness - putting tins of soup in the freezer was just one I still remember.