When you or a loved one are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may find comfort in knowing what to expect. Understanding the stages of the disease helps you and your family to plan ahead, recognize symptoms, and find support. The better you understand Alzheimer’s ahead of time, the more prepared you can feel to live with the disease. Read on to find out more about the stages of Alzheimer’s from Artis Senior Living.
While we usually consider there to be three stages of Alzheimer’s – mild, moderate, and severe – the disease actually begins well before any symptoms show. Alzheimer’s usually develops slowly and becomes worse over time, according to the Mayo Clinic. In the preclinical stage, you won’t see changes in yourself or your loved one, but research into this early phase could eventually help with earlier diagnosis.
Even though there isn’t an exact Alzheimer’s timeline, there are symptoms you can expect in certain stages. People in early-stage Alzheimer's may have trouble recalling the right word or name, or finding an item they misplaced. We all struggle with forgetfulness at times, but even in its mild stage, Alzheimer’s goes beyond that, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. People with mild Alzheimer’s might also have difficulty planning, organizing, or getting tasks done in social or work environments.
If your loved one is living with middle-stage Alzheimer’s, their symptoms will be clearer to you than they were in the early stage. In the moderate stage, symptoms go beyond forgetfulness and trouble staying organized, extending to difficulties with daily tasks and even changes in mood. You or your loved one may have a harder time remembering what day it is, your own personal history, and you may be more likely to feel upset, especially when presented with something mentally taxing.
In the last stage of Alzheimer’s, your loved one will be more unaware of their surroundings, have trouble communicating, and need help with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom. Because people living with severe Alzheimer’s need 24/7 care, families often turn to memory care communities in this stage. The teams in Artis Senior Living communities can help provide peace of mind for you and your family, as they are experienced professionals who can give your loved one the support they need with heartfelt attention.
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