Living with Alzheimer’s
When is the right time to consider professional Alzheimer’s Care?
The nature of the Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia is that it is progressive. This can bring about a host of decisions for family members: Is my loved one’s behavior normal? What are they still capable of? How do I keep them safe? Is it time to look into other living options? If you have questions about when it is the right time to start looking at professional Alzheimer’s care, we can help. There is no hard and fast rule for when is the right time; the only concern is the safety and well being of your loved one. The disease affects each person in a different way, and our professionals can offer guidance to you after learning a little more about your unique situation.
We know that living with your loved one who has Alzheimer’s and knowing when it’s the right time to make a transition can be difficult. We’re here to answer your questions, reassure you, and help you make the best decision for your family whether that is Autumn Wood or somewhere else.
7 Stages of Alzheimer’s & Symptoms
*7 Stages of Alzheimer’s & Symptoms is officially published by the Alzheimer’s Association
At this stage the person maintains normal function. They do not experience any memory problems. An interview with a medical professional does not show any evidence of symptoms of dementia.
At this stage symptoms may be due to normal age-related changes or earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The person may feel as if he or she is having memory lapses- forgetting familiar words or the location of everyday objects. But no symptoms of dementia can be detected during a medical examination or by friends, family, or co-workers.
At this stage early Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed in some, but not all, individuals with these symptoms. Friends, family, or co-workers begin to notice difficulties. During a detailed medical interview doctors may be able to detect problems in memory or concentration. Common difficulties at this stage could include: problems identifying a correct word or name, trouble remembering names, greater difficulty in performing tasks in social or work settings, forgetting reading material that was recently read, losing or misplacing a valuable object, increasing trouble with planning or organization.
At stage four, the individual is diagnosed with mild or early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. A detailed medical interview should identify clear-cut symptoms in the following areas:
- Forgetting recent events
- Declining ability to perform challenging mental arithmetic, such as counting backward from 100 by 7s
- Increased difficulty performing complex tasks like paying bills or managing money
- Forgetting one’s own personal history details
- Increasingly moody or withdrawn in social or mentally challenging situations
Stage five is moderate or mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. At this level individuals start to experience gaps in memory and thinking that are noticeable, and they need help with everyday activities. Those with the diease may:
- Be unable to remember their own address or telephone number, and other personal details
- Be confused about what day it is or their environment
- Have trouble with less challenging mental math
- Need help choosing appropriate clothing for the weather or season
- Still remember significant details about themselves and their family
- Require no assistance with eating or using the toilet
Stage six is moderately severe or mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. As memory continues to worsen, personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive help with daily activities. Symptoms may include:
- Losing awareness of recent experiences and activities
- Remembering their own name but forgetting their personal history
- Distinguishing familiar and unfamiliar places but have trouble remembering names of someone close to them
- Need help dressing properly
- Have major changes in sleeping patterns such as sleeping during the day and becoming restless at night
- Need help handling details of using the bathroom
- Have trouble controlling bladder or bowels
- Tendency to wander or become lost
- May experience major personality and behavioral changes such as suspiciousness and delusions, or engaging in compulsive repetitive behavior
Stage 7 is severe or late-stage Alzhemer’s disease. In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement. They may still say words or phrases. At this stage individuals need help with most of their daily personal care such as eating or using the toilet.
Autumn Wood is here to serve you. It may not be time for a transition for your loved one yet, but everyone needs support. Allow us to answer any questions you have, or refer you to experts in your area. If we can help in any way, please call us at 918-283-4949 and we will be happy to serve you however we can.