When Alzheimer’s strikes, it can be devastating for all involved. Not just on the person diagnosed, but also family and friends. It can be hard to cope with the fact that your loved one is suffering. But the process can be easier if you are prepared.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease that causes memory loss.
Stages of Alzheimer’s
There are 3 stages of Alzheimer’s, the early stage, middle stage and late stage. During each stage, it is crucial to preserve the emotional, physical and mental health, for all involved, especially those who are diagnosed and those family or friends who are acting as caretakers.
During the early stage of Alzheimer’s, it is important to detect and understand the early signs. Most of those in the early stage are still very independent and are able to drive, are still social and experience just mild memory loss. But they still need support and company to help them transition to the next stage.
The middle stage of Alzheimer’s is when you will really notice the memory loss worsening. Those in the middle stage have a difficult time with remembering names, finding the right words during conversations and have a hard time handling finances. They also will show poor planning and organization, leading to needing even more assistance and support.
The late stage of Alzheimer’s can last years or just weeks. This is where you will see significant confusion and changes in personality. Those is in the late stage will have then tendency to wander off, have a hard time getting dress and taking care of themselves. During this stage, those with Alzheimer’s will require around the clock care and will need more support than ever.
It is so important to be able to take care of yourself as well as your loved one who has Alzheimer’s. If you are looking for help, please contact our office!
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