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Alzheimer’s Care | November 18, 2015 | By Jonita Dixon

Understanding the stages of Alzheimer’s

senior-man-in-the-parkIf you have someone who struggles with Alzheimer’s disease, the best thing to do is get a decent understanding of what stages are involved in the disease. This means that you have a decent idea of what is going to happen, and what to expect from your loved one in the immediate future.

There are three basic stages with the onset of Alzheimer’s. The first stage is mild, which is followed by moderate, and finally followed by severe. Each stage has specific symptoms that require a different approach.

The Mild Stage Of Alzheimer’s

The first signs of Alzheimer’s are obvious, because your loved one has trouble remembering things that were previously taken for granted. This can be something simple, like your address. Oftentimes you will notice that there is a problem with short-term memory. There might be trouble with daily tasks or you may have someone repeat questions after getting the same answer. However, memories from years ago are often easy to recall.

One of the more common signs is the misplacement of objects or leaving objects in unusual spots. They might start to avoid interactions with you or with friends, in order to avoid the embarrassment of forgetting certain things. At this stage, it is important to start taking steps to offer support, because you want to make sure that steps are taken before the condition becomes worse.

The Moderate Stage Of Alzheimer’s

If you notice that there are difficulties recalling both long- and short-term memories and that your loved one is confused more frequently, they might be involved in the second stage of Alzheimer’s. This might mean difficulty remembering familiar faces such as friends and family.

Your loved one may start to avoid meeting new people or avoid new situations altogether. Anything that is not traditional (as it always was) is going to be frustrating to deal with. The inability to perform daily tasks in addition to wandering are just some of the indicators that the condition has progressed. This is the stage where you want to consider a long-term care facility where around-the-clock support is available.

The Severe Stage Of Alzheimer’s

The third stage of the condition often means that the person loses the ability to communicate. Other common symptoms include a significant loss of appetite, weight loss, and an increased amount of sleep each day. It may also lead to slurred speech, due to an inability to control motor skills. The person now requires full-time care and is completely dependent on others.

At www.carltonseniorliving.com, our main priority is the safety and health of your loved one. If you want to learn more about the Alzheimer’s care communities that we have available, make sure that you contact us today.