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Is being unsteady on feet a sign of Alzheimer's?

(4 Posts)
DigestivesAndPhiladelphia Wed 25-Sep-13 13:18:35

Or is it normal for a 63 year old?

I have been slightly worried about my DF for about 18 months. His memory is not what is was & he seems to suddenly lose concentration part way through conversations... For example, he will ask a question and them, as the person is answering, he'll turn away or just stare into space! He also gets people's names wrong all the time & sometimes seems to struggle with fairly simple tasks, such as doing up the zip on my DD's coat. This is most unlike him.

My DM and I were worried about him but he had his ears tested,found out his hearing isn't great in one ear & then said he that was the reason for his odd behaviour.

I've been our for lunch with him today & he managed to stumble/trip over three times in a hour. Once was over a chair, but the other two times were over nothing in particular. This seems like a lot to me! I didn't mention it because I knew he would become defensive and annoyed. I know he's older but not THAT old surely?If I didn't know him, I might have suspected he'd been drinking because of the way he was stumbling around confused

bigTillyMint Wed 25-Sep-13 13:21:11

Could it be a problem with balance - ear-related?

My DM has alway been clumsy and uncoordinated (something of a joke in the family) and it did get worse as she got older, but she is now 82 and I am pretty sure she hasn't got Alzheimers yet!

pudcat Wed 25-Sep-13 22:00:42

If you do a search for symptoms there a few sites which will help you. If you can get your father to a GP for an assessment that would help him get the right treatment.

Jenny70 Tue 01-Oct-13 16:37:20

My DF has parkinsons which makes him stumble, he is forgetful, but not sure if that is age or parkinsons related.

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