In Alzheimer’s disease, memory and cognitive functions are gradually lost as the disease progresses through 3 stages. While there is no cure for the condition, assisted living and compassionate caregiving can slow its progression and improve your loved one’s quality of life.
The 3 Stages Of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Early Stage
- Middle Stage
- Late Stage
1. Early Stage (Mild Alzheimer’s)
In its earliest stages, Alzheimer’s is characterized by mild cognitive impairment. It is characterized by memory problems that mildly interfere with a person’s activities of daily living (ADLs), but it has not yet begun to affect their ability to live independently. With early diagnosis and treatment, people with mild Alzheimer’s can often maintain their independence for many years, but these symptoms can still make their day-to-day life more difficult.
- Having trouble recalling the names of people you just met.
- Forgetting what you just heard from someone or read about.
- Struggling to come up with the correct word to express something.
- Experiencing stress and anxiety due to difficulty in social situations.
- Frequently losing or forgetting important items, such as their wallet or keys.
2. Middle Stage (Moderate Alzheimer’s)
People in the moderate stage of Alzheimer’s disease have an increased need for supervision, as well as some assistance with ADLs. In this stage, it is possible to have difficulty recognizing familiar faces and places, become prone to wandering, and exhibit changes in mood and behavior. They may be unable to recall important information about themselves—such as their home address—and they might become paranoid, agitated, aggressive, or depressed.
3. Late Stage (Severe Alzheimer’s)
Seniors suffering from the most severe stage of dementia are no longer able to live on their own and instead require 24/7 hospice-style care. Their personality may undergo radical changes as they become increasingly unable to communicate, recognize loved ones, or control their own movement and bodily functions. Research suggests, however, that seniors retain some aspect of their core selves, and they continue to experience the world around them through their sensory experiences. Even if your loved one does not remember your name, you can still connect emotionally with them with soothing sounds and gentle touch.
Compassionate Alzheimer’s Care In Utah
When a senior needs more care than their caregivers can provide, assisted living can be beneficial for their safety and well-being. PeachTree Place Assisted Living Community offers comprehensive and individually-tailored care for every stage of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Keeping your loved one’s mind and body active with our hobbies, exercise classes, and social activities can help slow the progression of their symptoms. Contact us today to learn more about the memory care we offer.