Alzheimer’s falls under the umbrella of dementia and describes a process of ongoing brain degeneration. Alzheimer’s impacts one’s behavior, thinking, the capability to undertake everyday tasks and affects a person’s normal social and work life.
Usually, a family member will recognize some of the typical traits of dementia in their relative, such as quickly forgetting fresh information or spatial disorientation (forgetting how to return home), and will prompt for a trip to a doctor.
Other symptoms include the degeneration of symbolic knowledge (our comprehension of the world, eg. a spoon, what it is used for, and its name), a breakdown in social skills, and personality.
This could mean that they may become suspicious of family members for stealing when they have misplaced something. It is important that those living with Alzheimer’s receive adequate mental health support too as it is often difficult to come to terms with when first diagnosed.