- 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
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: