Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease with a few different stages that can vary from person to person. On average, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease every 68 seconds. The beginning stages of Alzheimer’s are not too severe, but as time goes on, your loved one will need either in-home care, adult day care or full time assisted living.
Owned and operated by MaryAnn Ciambriello, an RN with over 30 years of experience, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, LLC gives caring and compassionate care to all of our clients and their families. The stages of Alzheimer’s can vary slightly but below is generally what occurs.
1st Stage: Mild memory lapses occur which can be from forgetting common everyday words or forgetting where items may have been kept. The first stage may actually start as many as 20 years before symptoms arise.
2nd Stage: The second stage symptoms involve difficulty in remembering words, names, having a hard time performing tasks at work or in social settings. Losing or misplacing valuable items. Personality changes can occur as well as problems being organized or planning tasks. Individuals may even forget their own personal history or become very moody and withdrawn.
3rd Stage: The third stage is when individuals have a decline in their own personal care and hygiene. There could be loss of speech, bladder and bowel control issues, sleep loss and weight loss. During this third stage, the brain can’t tell the body what to do and the individual becomes dependent upon others for care. They may need help walking, using the facilities and they could even wander off.
4th Stage: The final stage of Alzheimer’s is when the patients are nearing death and they lose the ability to respond to their environment or communicate. They can lose the ability to swallow and may only be able to mutter words or short phrases. Of course, each case is different and on average, people over age 65 survive for four to eight years after diagnosis. Some may even live for 20 years.
Creating a plan after diagnosis for continued care for the patient is crucial. There are different types of care from in-home care in the early stages to residential full time care and adult day centers. It is important to talk to your loved one about the progression of the disease, finances, and get input from your loved ones on what care is necessary. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care, LLC will provide you and your loved ones with compassionate in-home care.
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