Each individual stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease will exhibit its signs and symptoms differently at different times and in varying degrees. However, there are commonalities shared by all. Scientists have been able to stage these common indicators of the disease to help understand its progression and appropriate care for patients. While it is a detailed science, here are the common ways in which Alzheimer’s Disease presents itself as it worsens. The most common stages are progressive Stages 3, 4, and 7, commonly known as the “Early”, “Middle” and “Late” stages of Alzheimer’s.
Early Stage: This is a stage of mild cognitive decline. Early stage Alzheimer’s Disease can be diagnosed in some but not all people who exhibit these symptoms. They include mild forgetfulness, difficulty learning new things, loss or misplacement of valuable items, difficulty handling issues at work and problems with orientation such as getting lost. Most important is the fact that in Stage 3 these behaviors are becoming apparent to co-workers, family members and friends.
Middle Stage: This is a stage of moderate cognitive decline which may be indicative of mild or early stage Alzheimer’s Disease. It can include decreased knowledge of current and recent events, some memory loss of one’s personal history, difficulty with complex tasks such as handling one’s finances and difficulty performing challenging mental math exercises such as counting backward.
Late Stage: Very severe cognitive decline occurs in this stage. It is the stage of severe, or late stage Alzheimer’s. The patient’s ability to communicate is severely impacted and eventually the ability to communicate verbally is lost altogether. The patient may not be able to walk or sit up alone and needs assistance with eating and toileting.
Alzheimer’s patients may experience these stages sequentially, or may move between them by the hour or the day. Some days may be worse than others. If it is so unpredictable, then why know this? Because awareness of these signs and what they may indicate is an important tool for caregivers. Loving a person with Alzheimer’s Disease is a bit like riding a wave; the most precise connections come from meeting them where they are mentally at any given moment and conversing with them authentically at that level.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a cruel disease for all involved. If your family member has been diagnosed with this disease, don’t hesitate to seek help. Sevens Home Care will provide support for you and your family, helping you to understand the disease while keeping your loved one at home. We primarily offer services in the individual’s private residence but will also provide one-on-one support for your loved one in assisted living and rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, hospices and hospitals. We go wherever and whenever a patient needs care on a regular schedule, weekly or monthly visits or for one-time respite care.
When it comes time for your loved one to be safe in a secure, memory centered facility, Sevens Residential Memory Care provides a safe, enriching environment. Our innovative house specializes in memory care including Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and is located in a residential neighborhood in Lakewood, CO. Accommodating only 12 residents and two full-time care partners, our model offers highly personalized supervision and a supportive community that fosters individual freedom.
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