Dealing With the Rapid Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

For the majority of people living with Alzheimer's disease, the condition tends to progress slowly over a number of years. However, for some, the disease may progress much more quickly. There are factors and complications that may cause a sudden decline in an Alzheimer's patient but these can often be overcome if treated quickly and the person will then revert back to a slower progression of the disease. MORE: Three experimental tests for early Alzheimer's detection According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the common reasons why an Alzheimer's disease patient may experience a sudden progression of the condition include:
  • Medications: Some Alzheimer's patients may develop an adverse reaction to their medication. If this is the case, their health care team can prescribe different medications.
  • Infections: Some infections may exacerbate certain Alzheimer's symptoms including pneumonia, sinus infections, and urinary tract infections. Once treated the patient should return to how they were before.
  • Fatigue: Lack of sleep and fatigue can exacerbate many of the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease.
  • Stress: A change in the patient's social surroundings or environment may trigger stress. Moving home, a change in health care team or change in family dynamics may lead to a temporary progression of symptoms.
  • Vitamin deficiencies: If the patient is deficient in certain vitamins such as vitamin B-12, folate, niacin, or thiamin, this may bring on a rapid progression of symptoms. Reg
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4 comments

  1. Tony Hogben says:

    ….I am living with Younger Onset Dementia, diagnosed 2007…..mid 2010 my physical and mental had deteriorated to such an extent, I asked for and was given a drug with adrenalin.
    ….since that time, I have halted the progression of this horrible disease, and whilst a shadow of my former self, I am alive, happy and still living without care…I put all my info on the internet to show and help anyone so affected….
    …www.adbi.com.au….Tony Hogben, Australia.

    • Natalya says:

      Hello Tony, how are you right now? I hope you are well. I have my mom who is also with the same diagnosis. Was thinking maybe it will help her too.
      Thank you,
      Natalya

      • Tony Hogben says:

        …Hi Natalya…….hope it works for Ur Mum , as well as for me………..I am still going strong…God Bless.
        …Tony Hogben…Bribie Island , Queensland Australia
        …web address….www.adbi.com.au

  2. Scott Brantley says:

    My mom was diagnosed and was gone a little over 2 months later, rapid-progression Alzheimers is a real thing…

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