One of the most important things to realize about Alzheimer’s disease is that not everyone experiences the same symptoms or progresses through those symptoms at the same rate. With a disease that affects so many people, being able to notice symptoms as they appear can make a huge difference in preparing for the changes that are to come. If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the following information will help you understand how the stages of this disease can be identified.
- During the first stages, you may see a very mild decline in cognitive function. Your loved one may feel like they are having little lapses in memory, forgetting things like familiar words or where they left their keys.
- The next symptoms you may see consist of a mild level of cognitive decline. It is often at this point that many people are officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Friends and family will begin to notice cognitive difficulties. Some of the most common difficulties during this time can be an inability to remember words or names, trouble performing tasks in a social or work setting, forgetting things they just read or problems with organization.
- The next stage of symptom progression is considered mild or early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. It is very important for your loved one to keep up with medical appointments and maintain an open dialogue with their physician. They will experience a greater difficulty with important tasks like planning dinner or paying bills. They may begin to forget things about their own history and become moody or withdrawn in social settings.
- This next stage of Alzheimer’s is considered the moderate or mid-stage of the disease. You will notice that their memory continues to worsen and even some of their personality traits may begin to change. Your loved one may need extensive help with their activities of daily living and they may even begin to lose awareness of their surroundings during this time.
- The final stage of this disease is considered severe or late-stage Alzheimer’s. You may see your loved one lose the ability to carry on a conversation or to control their movements. They may need help to eat or use the bathroom, muscles may grow to become rigid, and they may experience problems swallowing.
LivHOME understands that Alzheimer’s is a diagnosis that affects the entire family. Our team of professional Care Managers and Caregivers are experts in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. We take a holistic approach and successfully anticipate the needs of your loved one while enhancing their quality of life. LivHOME team members will work hard to provide the support and resources your loved one deserves.