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Five Common Medical Problems Among People with Alzheimer’s

Aside from the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a person with the disease may experience other medical problems over time. These problems can cause more confusion and behavior changes. If you are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, it’s important to watch for signs of illness and tell the doctor about what you see. A few common medical problems and signs of each are:

Dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid heart rate

Flu and pneumonia:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Aches and pains
  • Vomiting

Incontinence:

  • Problems emptying the bladder
  • Leaking urine
  • Soiled underwear and bed sheets

Learn more about all five common medical problems and the signs of each.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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