Personality changes in old age are considered normal

When the once affectionate mother becomes a grumpy, irascible grantler at the end of her life, or her partner reacts more and more suspiciously and aggressively as she grows older, many people consider this normal. This was the result of a representative survey by the polling institute TNS-Emnid. As many as 1, 005 people were interviewed and nearly three quarters (73 percent) thought that such personality changes were common side effects of aging, with only 19 percent suspecting that a disease could be behind them, and 8 percent did not provide any information.

Striking Behaviors - A Dementia Disease?

The background of the Emnid study is that striking behavioral changes such as increased restlessness, aggressiveness and hostility, a reversal of the day-night rhythm or even increased depressive moods can often be early signs of Alzheimer's dementia. If one notices such disorders, it would therefore make sense to consult a doctor who can clarify the causes and initiate effective treatment early on.

In fact, as the study reveals, while the sufferers and their relatives perceive the symptoms, the wrong or no conclusions are drawn. For example, 56 percent of respondents said that they themselves knew someone who showed such changes in nature. Hardly any third party would therefore talk to a doctor.

High suffering for all

Instead, the daily interaction in the marriage or the family often suffers from the behavioral disorders to a considerable extent. Quarrels and frustration, however, could often be avoided if the symptoms were recognized as being due to illness, accepted and treated properly. In addition to a detailed consultation, for example, a therapy with a specially approved for these behavioral drug ingredient called risperidone could significantly improve the symptoms and relax the family situation considerably.

So a visit to a doctor is always recommended if you observe suspicious changes in your behavior or personality in yourself or in a loved one.

Doctor visit is worthwhile

If the disease were detected earlier, not only could the behavioral disorders be eliminated, but also the overall course of the disease could be better influenced, according to Alzheimer's experts. It has long been known that dementia often rages in the brain for years before a doctor is finally called in. Mostly then the affected person has already lost a large part of his intellectual abilities.

If you could initiate a treatment in time with the existing anti-dementia drugs such as the snowdrop drug galantamine, the further progression of Alzheimer's dementia could be slowed down for a few years.

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