Asked by Karen
Is It Common For An Alzheimer Patient To Lean To One Side While Walking Or Standing?
My father was diagnosed with Alzheimers three years and is now exhibiting moderate to late stages of the disease. He has now started to severly lean to his right side while sitting, standing, eating—all the time. Is this an advanced sign of Alzheimers, or attributed to a number of his other health issues (Parkinson's, arthritis, shoulder replacement, etc.)?
Leaning to the side can be due to a number of different medical diseases and conditions. It is quite common in people with various neurological illnesses, one of which is Alzheimer's and/or Parkinson's disease. It is also seen in people who are very ill and weak, people who have severe arthritis and because of pain. Because Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative illness that affects the brain it is possible that the resulting brain damage is the cause. It may also be due to something else like a stroke.
There are a number of caregivers to people with Alzheimer's reporting the same issue-leaning to the left or the right side. I think it is good to get your husband to the doctor as quickly as possible to get an accurate diagnosis so that the cause can be isolated and treatment commenced if appropriate.
Coping with perseveration, confusion and challenging behavior is very hard on you. Repeated questions can seem like water torture at times. Reassurance in brief statement or diversions like 'look at that lovely flower', or 'have some chocolate' are the best strategies.