Common Medical Problems for Alzheimer’s Patients

People with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) often experience other medical conditions along with AD. However, because of the cognitive problems that are part of having AD, they may be unable to tell doctors and caregivers about the symptoms they are feeling. Having AD makes the older adult more susceptible to some medical conditions. Being aware of the potential for such conditions and knowing the signs of them will help caregivers to get seniors with AD the medical attention they need. Below are some medical problems that often occur in AD patients.

Home Care Services in Toronto: Alzheimer's and Common Medical Problems

Home Care Services in Toronto: Alzheimer’s and Common Medical Problems


Pneumonia and Flu

In the later stages of AD, the senior’s ability to swallow may be impaired, which increases the risk for aspiration pneumonia. They are also at greater risk for flu. To reduce the risks of flu and pneumonia, make sure the older adult gets an annual flu shot. They should also receive a flu shot once after turning 65.


Watch for these signs of flu and pneumonia:




-Body aches


-Difficulty Breathing



People with AD may experience depression because of their declining
cognitive abilities and being socially isolated.


Signs of depression include:


-Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or discouragement.

-Being tearful.

-Trouble sleeping.


-Lack of appetite that is not caused by another health problem.

-Lack of energy.

-Thoughts of death or suicide.




It’s important to monitor how much liquids a person with AD is taking in as they may become easily dehydrated. This is especially important during hot weather.


Some signs of dehydration are:



-A dry mouth or lips.

-Increased heart rate.

-Hallucinations, though these may also be caused by AD itself.

-Urinary Tract Infections


People with AD often experience urinary tract infections, but their symptoms may be different than in a person without AD. They may not experience the usual pain and burning sensation or may be unable to express it if they do. Instead, watch for signs of increased confusion, withdrawal, or agitation.

A home care provider can help your senior family member with AD stay physically healthy by watching for signs of illness. Home care providers can also help maintain overall health by preparing healthy meals and helping the older adult to remain physically active. They can also monitor liquid intake and provide drinks throughout the day. If the person does get ill, a senior care provider can help with transporting the person to medical appointments.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care services in Toronto, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at (905)-709-1767.



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